Newport is aMAYzing

May is one of the best months to visit Newport. You get the amazing weather and avoid the large crowds. Near perfect temperatures and few rain showers mean you’ll have ideal weather for exploring the city’s famous mansions and walking the docks. Speaking of docks…

Want to know more about the Volvo Ocean Race? Many of the world’s best sailors have dedicated years, even decades of their lives trying to win it.

Just look how intense it is:

It is longest distance in race history at around 47,000 nautical miles! These athletes will be coming from Itajai, Brazil to Newport which is 5,500 nm and takes 19 days. Want tol get a first-hand taste of the race?

Everything you can do at Fort Adams Race Village from May 8 to May 20:

  • Sailing- Sail onboard on a Sail Newport J22
  • View the VO65 race boats at the dock
  • Crawl inside a race boat to see what the life of a racer is like
  • Visit all the interactive exhibits on marine life, sailing, ocean conservation, wind, water and weather experiences, and marine technology.
  • Check out the Globe
  • Look at all the Team Bases pit row
  • The interactive Volvo Pavilion
  • See what a real working Boatyard is like
  • The Grinding Challenge
  • Tons of activities at the kid zone
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • Virtual Reality sailor POV
  • Get informed and inspired as possible to save our oceans and to sign the “Clean Ocean Pledge.”

Entrance to the Race Village is FREE there is something for every age. DON’T MISS IT!


Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 13th. Don’t be a last minute planner for your Mom! Whatsupnewp has a comprehensive list of everywhere to dine! What a treat.

Do you love Oysters? The Bowen’s Wharf Newport Oyster Festival is a can’t miss!

From May 19 – 20 The Newport Oyster Festival connects Rhode Island growers with the oyster fanatics. There are tons of restaurants and chefs that specialize in them and sponsors, non profits, and exhibitors around.  Tickets are $27 in advance for each day. See the schedule and buy  advance purchase tickets which includes four fresh, Rhode Island oysters and a beverage, live music, event program & tasting notes, contests and more.

Escaping to Newport on Memorial Day Weekend?

Enjoy a harbor cruise with 12 Meter Charters and a visit to Newport Vineyards. Your visit to Newport Vineyards will include a tour, tasting. Sip and sail into all the information.

Feel up for a bike ride? Bike Newport invites you, new, and beginner riders to learn how to ride, bike safety skills and getting comfortable on a bike. Plan a ride with friends to get out into the fresh air!

Want to learn more about mushrooms? On May 26, join expert mushroom hunters for a guided hike through Ballard Park. Experts Ryan and Emily will share secrets as well as information about the unique roles fungi play in the ecosystem. According to the Ballard Park site, there are many mushrooms that favor maple trees which are the most popular tree in in the area. Space is limited so registration is required.  E-mail to register.  $10 per person.

Take in the wonderful sites at Blithewold Gardens. According to their websites the most bloomed in their gardens in late May are Jack in the Pulpit, Ornamental Onions, Columbines, Ferns, Lupines, Japanese Snowbell, Campanula, Nepeta, Forget-Me-Nots, Violas, Summer Snowflake, Sicilian Honey Garlic, and Deutzia. Let into the true spring of spring with all the beautiful flowers around you.

Are you excited for the Volvo race? What are your favorite things do in Newport in May?

Admiral Fitzroy