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Portsmouth

About

Portsmouth is located on Aquidneck Island, just north of Newport. Portsmouth also encompasses smaller surrounding islands including Prudence Island and Hog Island. Portsmouth is the headquarters of US Sailing, and is also home to the renowned Newport International Polo Series. It boasts excellent dining, quaint shops and boutiques, and several beaches.

Schools

The Portsmouth School Department operates five public schools and ranks fifth overall in the state of Rhode Island. Portsmouth High School consistently has very successful football, basketball, baseball, and soccer teams. All four are regularly among the top five teams in the state.

Highlights

Portsmouth offers many historic sites, marinas, golf courses, and other activities for the whole family.

  • Green Animals Topiary Garden is located on a 7-acre waterfront estate overlooking the Narragansett Bay and is maintained by the Newport Preservation Society. It contains a large collection of topiaries including eighty sculptured trees. There are also over 35 flowerbeds, pathways, arbors, fruit trees, and vegetable gardens. It is the oldest and northernmost topiary garden in the United States.
  • The Rail Explorers operate along the Old Colony Railroad, built in 1862, with pedal-powered rail vehicles that seat two and four people. The rails meander alongside spectacular Narragansett Bay, offering riders unique views that include Jamestown, the Mt. Hope Bridge, Hog Island lighthouse, and coastal woodlands. The Rail Explorers offers various tours including a brunch tour, southern circuit, sunset tour, and fireside tour.
  • The award-winning Newport Car Museum opened in 2017 at a former missile manufacturing facility. The private collection of more than 90 automobiles focuses on seven decades of modern industrial automotive designs, and celebrates cars as works of art.
  • Escobar’s Farm hosts many family-oriented activities, including their seasonal corn maze and pumpkin patch. The maze covers 8 acres with a different design each year.
  • Greenvale Vineyards is a waterfront, family-owned vineyard that produces high quality fruit and signature wines with only their own grapes. The vineyard provides picnic space, tours, and live music and food trucks on the weekends.
  • Montaup Country Club is an 18-hole semi-private golf course open year-round. The course is fairly open and flat, overlooking the Mt. Hope Bay and bridge. Many areas of the course are considered the most difficult in Rhode Island due to tricky winds and water.
  • Sandy Point Beach is a shallow, natural beach located on the Sakonnet River and is great for families. It is equipped with changing rooms and restroom facilities during the swimming season, and is handicap accessible.