International Tennis Hall of Fame
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International Tennis Hall of Fame information
To experience something of the American aristocracy's approach to 19th-century leisure, visit this museum. It lies inside the historic Newport Casino building (1880), which served as a summer club for Newport's wealthiest residents. The US National Lawn Tennis Championships (forerunner of today's US Open tennis tournament) were held here in 1881. A scavenger hunt, available at reception, gets kids engaged with eight centuries of tennis.
If you brought your whites, playing on one of its 13 grass courts (closed in winter) remains a delightful throwback to earlier times ($110 for two people for one hour). Otherwise have a drink lawnside at the La Forge Casino Restaurant (lunch menu $30 to $35).