The Newport Mansions are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Rhode Island, with about 800,000 visitors a year.
Even people who don’t normally like “historic homes tours” love visiting the Newport Mansions!
The Breakers (pic above):
The Breakers is the largest and most popular of all the Newport Mansions, attracting nearly 350,000 visitors a year!
Built by the Vanderbilt family in 1895, this 70-room summer “cottage” was designed in the Italian Renaissance style. The home and grounds overlook Newport’s famous Cliff Walk.
Marble House (see above):
Marble House gets about 160,000 visitors each year, making it the second most popular mansion. Like The Breakers, it was built for the Vanderbilt family.
Inspired by a chateau on the grounds at Versailles, the home was built between 1888 and 1892 with 500,000 cubic feet of marble!
Although smaller than The Breakers, some consider Marble House more “opulent.”