There is ample parking for most beaches and mansion tours, but it’s a bit harder to find a meter down by the shops on Thames and Spring streets in the summer months. It’s a small price to pay to see Newport in all its glory. From May to September, average temperatures often reach the 70s, with June and July seeing average highs in the 80s. Sailboats, including many former America’s Cup yachts, tack under Pell Bridge, Newport’s version of the Golden Gate. Fresh littleneck clams, lobster, and salmon are dropped off daily by local fishermen to the town restaurants. Two of Newport’s main events, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, take place in late July and early August. Newport is also home to the Tennis Hall of Fame, worthy of a visit, especially when they have their professional tournament in July.
If you can visit Newport in the early fall, you’re in for a treat. The ocean water is still warm in September, but there is far less congestion in town. Temps in September can still reach the 70s and October usually lingers in the high 50s, low 60s. It will also be easier to snag a table at the more popular restaurants in town, like Brick Alley Pub and Barking Crab. Most hotels and inns, however, still consider autumn to be high season, so you won’t receive a discount on your room.
Many of the stores, restaurants, and inns are open year-round. This means you can join the local dog walkers on the Cliff Walk and watch the rough waters spew foam into the air, then return to your inn for a hot bath and go out for a cozy dinner next to a fireplace. It’s actually a favorite time of year for Bostonians and New Yorkers to visit. Highs are in the low 40s, so make sure you come prepared.