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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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  • After having visited several Vanderbilt properties, this one shares in a common theme...money. The wealth that was used to build these mansions is truly incredible. Although not as large as Biltmore.....  more »
  • My Fiance had an ok time here. While the outside grounds are very nicely lit up for the holidays, it's rather warm inside which made the experience less than fun for her. With the mask on, it kept...  more »
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  • 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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