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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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  • Wow wow wow that's what I have to say what a beautiful place. Can you imagine the vanderbilts only lived there 6 months out of the year. A place worth visiting and worth every penny. Do the audio...  more »
  • The mansion represents days gone by. Walking through I was transported back through time. This was my favorite, then the Elms, then Marble House. All are beautiful. Mobile app was easy to use as a...  more »
  • Touring The Breakers mansion was an experience I’ll never forget. As soon as we parked, I was astonished with the beautiful view. After purchasing tickets, we walked into the mansion and were given a set headphones. I really liked this approach as you can tour at your own pace. I absolutely love the idea of a virtual tour. The mansion itself was beautiful. The tour explained everything in perfect detail. The Breakers was a great experience. I would definitely recommend coming here.
  • Breathtakingly beautiful mansion enriched in history. Each room tells its own tale. The pieces are impeccably maintained and allow the audience to relieve the enchanting events from long ago. The flower gardens lead to a mesmerizing ocean view. Not to be outdone, the courtyard also leads to a beautifully kept lawn where families lingered to take in the sight. The tours are well organized and self-guided with staff pointing the way as you walk. There's a quint gift shop strategically located at the exit. It contains similar pieces observed in some parts of the house. Overall, the visit was memorable.

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