From Golden to Gilded Age Walking Tour

From Golden to Gilded Age Walking Tour in Newport (Museum of Newport History, Old Quarter)
Price: $20.00
Choose Options My Cruise Itinerary
Shore Excursion Size ? Small
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Active, Scenic
Shore Excursion Duration 1 hour 15 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 10 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided None
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible walking shoes.
Restrictions Guests must be able to walk on narrow, uneven sidewalks and in some places cobbled streets. Tour is not recommended for strollers, wheelchairs or scooters

From Golden to Gilded Age Walking Tour

This "Newport, R.I.: From Colonial to Gilded Age" tour explores Newport, Rhode Island in the years between the Revolutionary War and the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. These decades witnessed a remarkable transformation as Newport, ravaged by the war, unexpectedly became a popular resort town.

Thanks to the vision of early developers, the experimentation of architects, and the hype generated by the artists who summered here, the Newport community underwent dramatic changes in architecture, economy, population and ideologies. By exploring these in-between years, visitors who have seen Newport's colonial neighborhoods and mansions will come to understand how Newport went from Golden Age to Gilded Age.

The tour begins at the Museum of Newport History in the heart of Newport's Old Quarter, then proceeds uphill towards the 19th century section of town and historic Bellevue Avenue. Some of the sites you will pass include the Colony House, the Barney Street burying ground, the Viking Hotel, the Muenchinger-King building, the Redwood Library, the Newport Art Museum, and the Old Stone Mill (aka Newport's Mystery Tower).

At the end of the tour you will have the opportunity to visit the Newport Historical Society's Museum and Shop at the Brick Market (Please Note: There is a suggested donation of $4 US per adult and $2 US per child over the age of five if you wish to visit the museum). This award-winning institution provides people of all ages with an engaging introduction to the area's rich history and the beauty of its architecture. Glimpse the lives of the people --past and present-- who have made Newport one of America's most historic cities.

Please note: Tour does not include any interior visits.

5 Stars4.8 / 5  |  4 ReviewsReview This Tour
From Golden tonGilded Age Walking Tour
October 24, 2019
Excellent tour guide was very informative
Reviewer: Wendy Smeaton
5 Stars
From Golden to Gilded Age Walking Tour
October 24, 2019
Excellent! Tour guide and tour awesome!
Reviewer: Joanna Moore
5 Stars
Nice pace walk and very knowledgeable guide
October 22, 2019
It was a cool fall day but being dressed for the weather, it didn't bother us. Our guide was very interesting. The tour was geared toward the architecture of the area. It was an uphill climb but didn't bother my asthma. When you are finished, walk over to the Tennis Hall of Fame and hop on the trolley for only $2 (trolley going away from the shore) to get a over view of the island.
Reviewer: Connie Koehler
5 Stars
Good headline
October 31, 2015
Liz was on time and was very friendly. She was very knowledgeable about the history of this particular tour. She was timely and she shared her passion for the history of Newport. She did a lovely job. The tour was very enjoyable.
Reviewer: kate
4 Stars