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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. Use our Newport holiday planner to visit The Breakers on your trip to Newport, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Such a beautiful place..nice tour with family. Lots to see and great pics. There's a small lunch area. You can do a scavenger hunt for kids. 
    Such a beautiful place..nice tour with family. Lots to see and great pics. There's a small lunch area. You can do a scavenger hunt for kids.  more »
  • Remarkable mansion with details intact. The incredible craftsmanship represents a time in American history that is hard to imagine. 
    Remarkable mansion with details intact. The incredible craftsmanship represents a time in American history that is hard to imagine.  more »
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  • 😱 what a beautiful mansion. I did the self guided audio tour along. It was very informational and interesting. It took me about 2 hours to do the tour. I got $2 discount for being a AAA member. All staffs were courteous. They don’t allow selfie sticks inside breakers. There is a big parking lot for visitors. You can park there and enjoy both breakers and cliff walk.
  • Amazing…. Of course! Self-guided/paced tour was nice. (I didn’t happen to have earbuds, so had to resort to reading the transcript, but glad the app had that!). Would give 5 stars if it wasn’t quite so pricey…. Probably better to buy those combo tickets others have mentioned, but we didn’t plan on seeing more than one of these mansions…. We did a weekday in June, and it was moderately busy but not overly crowded and a very nice experience… I’ve visited at least a few mansions, and this really is a well-maintained example of opulence. (Like gold-leaf on huge wall areas applied by hand, such that it looks like leather? Yikes…. I’m still trying to understand why “more” = “better”, but anyway…. It truly is amazing.). My favorite room wasn’t even a room at all, it was the covered porch/veranda… with that ocean view…. Crazy stunning!

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