USCG Station Castle Hill Newport
75 Ridge Rd., Newport, RI 02840
In Newport, the summers are warm and humid; the winters are very cold, wet, and windy; and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 24°F to 79°F and is rarely below 11°F or above 86°F.
The warm season lasts for 3.4 months, from June 7 to September 19, with an average daily high temperature above 71°F. The hottest day of the year is July 25, with an average high of 79°F and low of 66°F.
The cold season lasts for 3.3 months, from December 7 to March 17, with an average daily high temperature below 46°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 24°F and high of 38°F.
Cost of Living
The average cost of living in Newport, RI is 135, that puts it 15% higher than the average of Rhode Island and 35% higher than our nation’s average. This simple outline of the cost of living index was formulated using prices of: goods and services (weighted 33%), housing prices (weighted 30%), groceries (weighted 13%), utilities (weighted 10%), transportation (weighted 9%), and health care (weighted 5%). Thus, goods/services, along with housing influences the majority of the cost of living index. The price of daily goods and services is a valuable and reliable number to be aware of when considering the general price of the city’s goods. In the case of Newport, RI, the price of goods and services are equal to the average of Rhode Island as well as 19% higher than the nation’s average.
Getting to Know the Area
Newport, RI is the ultimate tourist destination – it offers rich history, magnificent Gilded Age architecture, a vibrant art scene, miles of beaches, wonderful hiking trails, spectacular sailing and many festivals throughout the year. You can find great food, excellent shopping, street fairs, sidewalk sales, and a luxury car museum. Be sure to leave some time to admire the magnificent mansions that dot the cliffs overlooking the ocean.
Taking the three and half mile long Cliff Walk is one of the best ways to see Newport from a unique perspective. The walk runs along the eastern shore of the city and offers magnificent views of the shoreline and the architectural history of the city’s gilded age – as you pass by luxurious villas nestled on the cliffs. The walk is easy for the most part – with wildflowers and rocks of different colors showing the area’s interesting geological history surrounding the path. Some parts of the southern end of the trail are fairly rough, passing only a few feet from the sudden drop of more than 70 feet. As the edge is hidden by wild bushes, hikers have to be very careful to stay on the path. The walk starts at the western end of Easton’s and ends at several major city streets.
Ocean Drive is a popular Newport scenic tour, a combination of spectacular views of the shoreline and the lavish mansions New Yorkers built at the end of 19th century as their “summer cottages” where they could enjoy cool sea breezes. Ocean Drive has been designated a national Historic Landmark District, and it provides visitors with a point of view of Newport that should not be missed. Along the drive, you will pass by a number of landmarks: King Park with the famous statue of General Rochambeau, Ida Lewis and New York Yacht Clubs, Fort Adams State Park, Hammersmith Farm – where President Kennedy had his wedding reception, U.S. Coast Guard Station, Castle Hill Inn & Resort, Brenton Point State Park, Gooseberry Beach, Newport Harbor, Rhode Island Sound, Narragansett Bay, a number of small ponds and coves, a salt marsh, and miles of the Atlantic Ocean.
Founded in 1912, the Newport Art Museum, started its life as the Art Association of Newport, one of the oldest art associations in the country. Besides the main building, the museum also operates a gallery in the historic John N. A. Griswold House. The permanent collection consists of more than 2,300 works of American art from the late 19th century to this day, focusing on historic and contemporary works of both established and emerging Newport and New England artists. The museum frequently organizes special exhibitions, drawing from its permanent collection, the art of other museums, and significant private collections. Such exhibits are usually accompanied with special programs. The museum’s “Newport Annual Members’ Juried Exhibition” provides regional and local artists with opportunities to showcase their work.
The Museum of Newport History is a history museum located in downtown Newport in the Old Brick Market building. American architect Peter Harrison designed the 1760 building, which has been declared a National Historic Landmark and is owned and operated by the Newport Historical Society. The museum features Newport’s history from pre-colonial times to today. It consists of about 10,000 objects, including fine and decorative arts, furniture, musical instruments, textiles and clothing, artifacts of everyday life, and architectural fragments. One of the most popular exhibits is the lens of the Ida Lewis Rock Light. Besides the Old Brick Market, the museum holds parts of its collections in the 1730 Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House, the 1696 Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House, and the 1699 Great Friends Meeting House.
Located at the Fort Adams Point at the entrance to the Newport Harbor, Fort Adams State Park is a popular park best known for its annual Newport Jazz Festival. It offers panoramic views of the Narragansett Bay and the sailboats in the harbor. The park offers swimming, picnicking, boating, and other recreational activities. It boasts the Joseph “Jay” Kirwin Memorial Rugby Pitch and two other soccer fields/rugby pitches. The park is also home to Fort Adams, the second largest fort in the US, a key to Narragansett Bay defenses from 1799 to 1945. Besides the jazz festival, the park hosts the Newport Folk Festival and is the home of Eisenhower House, former residence of the Fort’s commander and Sail Newport sailing organization.