Secret Garden Tours
Frequently Asked Questions

How many gardens are on the tour?
In past years, as many as 10 have been open. Each season's program varies as new gardens are added. (Several mansion properties will be offering tour guests a discount on their regular admission for tours inside the houses.)

How can I pre-order tickets to take advantage of the $5 discount?
Order your tickets online via this website or order by phone at (401) 439-7253. Advance sale tickets are $20. On the days of the tour, tickets may be purchased for $25.

How do I get my tickets and directions to the gardens?
Your PayPal confirmation is your "ticket".

For June tours: On the day you arrive, turn it in under the tent in Storer Park at 32 Washington Street in Newport and you will be given a program with a map and directions to each of the gardens.

For September tours: On the day you arrive, turn it in at Kingscote Mansion at 253 Bellevue Avenue and you will be given a program with a map and directions to each of the gardens.

How can I buy tickets on the day of the tour?
Tickets may be purchased at the Newport Visitors' Center at 23 America's Cup Avenue (cash or credit card); at 32 Washington Street, Storer Park for the June Tour (cash and personal check accepted); and at Kingscote Mansion at 253 Bellevue Avenue for the September Tour (cash and personal check accepted).

How do I get into each of the gardens?
At the entrance of each garden on the tour, there will be hosts and hostesses to check off your location on the program map.

What if I don't see all the gardens on the first day?
Take your time! Admission is good for all days of that tour. Simply bring your program map with you on the next day and continue to the properties you have not yet visited.

What if it rains?

    Tours Run Rain or Shine
    Means Showers Fine.

    Bring your wellies, umbrella & raincoat!

    Thunder, lightning, flood warnings and high winds,
    Change the story altogether.
    Check social media and use common sense
    When in doubt about the weather.

Is parking available at all the gardens and homes?
The Spring Tour is a walking tour. Park at the Visitors Center and head to the Ticket Office from there. The Fall Tour gardens are more widely spaced, and only some gardens have parking. However, some of the gardens on the tour are within walking distance of each other. Your program map will indicate where to park for each garden. A city bus line also serves the area.

Will I be able to use a wheelchair or baby stroller?
We regret that because the gardens are all private properties, they are not easily accessible by wheelchair or stroller. Where there are paved pathways in the gardens, strollers may be used. Please do not take strollers on the lawns.

Do children need tickets?
No! Little ones and school age youngsters may accompany you on the tour free of charge.

Can I take pictures or videos of the gardens?
Yes, provided that the photographs are for your personal use only and not for any commercial purpose.

Can I bring my dog on a leash?
We love dogs, but we are sorry to say that pets are not invited into the private gardens.

Will there be restrooms?
Yes. The locations of public facilities will be indicated on your map.

Where do people usually eat lunch?
There are many lovely restaurants along Thames Street downtown for the Spring Tour, and also on the northern section of Bellevue Avenue. A few places may be indicated on your program map. There are public parks nearby for picnickers. A bag lunch is a great way to take a break in the middle of the Tour.

Where does the money from The Secret Garden Tour go?
100% of the proceeds benefit the public schools of Rhode Island, funding their art, music, dance and theater programs in-school and after -school.

More questions?
Call (401) 439-7253 or email

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