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The Breakers, Newport

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The Breakers was once the lavish summer home of the powerful Vanderbilt family. Today, the well-maintained property is a National Historic Landmark. You can wander through the two main floors and the kitchen wing of this 70-room, Italian Renaissance-style building. Admire the opulent furnishings and grand architecture designed by Richard Morris Hunt, one of America's most influential architects. Pick up an audio guide for more information about the mansion and the life of America's mega rich at the turn of the 20th century. Be sure to stroll through the grounds and take in the ocean views. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Breakers by using our Newport vacation planner.
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  • To tell you the truth, we stopped at the gate and went back to the car. We were a family of four and, honestly, to have to pay $100.00 to see the inside of a mansion, was way out of reach for us, even...  more »
  • What a beautifull place. Parking is across the street. They are in the middle of repairing the backyard facing the ocean. Each room has a story to tell. If only walls could talk. I enjoyed the self-gu...  more »
  • It was a beautiful home with a self guided tour. It took about 30 minutes and the views were wonderful, I could imagine being at parties during the high point of the gilded age.  more »
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  • Historically enlightening...to the point that feels like time traveling. If you want to be immersed into the gilded age here's your chance! Having an obsession for years with that time period and being a huge fan of The Age of Innocence, since my teenage years, that place and the rest of mansions transport you in time or a movie setting!
  • This is one of my favorite mansions in Newport. The grand ballroom has so many details. Every time I visit it is an amazing experience. Now that the weather is perfect we were able to enjoy the grounds.
  • We took the new "Beneath the Breakers" tour, which is new since January and is not yet well-known. It was fascinating! We learned a lot of the engineering that went into the house, as well as the fear that drove Mr. Vanderbilt to have the house constructed as it was. Because there were no other guests on the tour, we were able to have a nice conversation with our tour guide, Kathy. She stuck to her script very professionally, but because it was essentially a private tour, it was very relaxed and informal. This tour isn't for everyone. You don't see any of the interior of the house. If you're interested in engineering or in understanding some of the mechanics behind the house, take the tour. We very much enjoyed it.
  • Incredible! So amazing to go see. It was absolutely beautiful and the audio tour was very in depth! I can't wait to go back and see more of the Newport Mansions. The Breakers also had a special underground tour which showed you how the mansion ran which was extra but worth it!
  • One of the greatest Newport mansions (AKA summer cottages)owned by descends of Cornelius Vanderbilt, sometimes referred to as Commodore Vanderbilt. We visited it many times - during spring, summer, fall and winter. The Breakers look stunning during holiday season with Christmas decorations. Concerts are also be here during holidays, and highly recommend them. A great place to learn about American history.