Newport a is popular cruise port for New England Cruises, and its not one to be missed. Fortunately for me, I only live an hour away. I have stayed at a few different places in Newport, but I usually stay at the Hyatt on Goat Island, which is now owned by Gurney’s Resorts. While under new management, the resort has undergone some renovations to give the resort a more coastal/ nautical look and feel. Gurneys has an out of this world, outside bar and patio. If you don’t feel like doing any tours in Newport, at least sit at the bar and take in the views. The views are absolutely stunning from their bar, Pineapples by the Bay!
Now that you know my hot spot; Cruise ships anchor right next to Goat Island and tender in to the public docks, which is right downtown where all the action is. Here are a few of my favorite things to do in Newport.
Things To Do
Mansions – Newport is known for their mansion Tours. These old historic mansions are all over Newport. The Preservation Society of Newport Country has 10 mansions that they maintain and offer tours at. The biggest Mansion they have is The Breakers and costs a few dollars more to tour ($20.99). The other mansions cost $15.99 to tour and they offer multi-mansion tickets at a lower cost. These mansions are beautiful and full of their original furnishings. In addition, The Newport Restoration Foundation has a few properties that you can tour, as well. Their biggest mansion is called Rough Point.
Be aware that most mansions will not allow pictures to be taken inside.
Tours by Boat – Newport also offers many tours by boat, all over. Many boat tours are available at the public docks or Bowen’s wharf. You can even take a spin in one of the 12 meter sailboats.
Fort Adams is one of the Country’s oldest forts and I believe it is the only one that gives tours. The Fort is in its original state, but is definitely not as kept as the Mansions. They’ll take you in all 3 levels of the fort and show you the underground tunnels. You’ll soon figure out why no one ever dared to attack Fort Adams. Tours are only $12.
Museums – Newport has many museums; one of the more famous museums is the International Tennis Hall of Fame, which you can tour for $15. Located right next to the Tennis Hall of Fame is the Audrain Automobile Museum. What makes the Audrain Auto Museum unique is that the 15-20 cars on display change every 3 to 4 months. That’s right, every few months, they take the cars and décor off the walls and drive in another set of cars. The museum is owned by a few men that have large car collections. The display of cars will all have a common theme like exotic supercars, American Muscle, Pre-War Automobiles and many other collections. Admission costs $14.
Spas – And If you’d rather not do anything, there’s always the Bodhi Spa. The Bodhi Spa is located on Thames Street and offers many different massage and skin treatments. What sets this spa apart is the Hydrotherapy treatment. The Water Journey is the best $55 I’ve ever spent. The Hydrotherapy room looks like a modern Roman bath house and features 2 different salt baths, a steam room, 2 saunas, 2 rinsing showers and a cold plunge pool. You can go through the water journey as instructed or make up your own journey. Best of all, there’s no time limit. This place is like heaven on earth! If you’re looking for a traditional spa, Seawater at Gurney’s Resort is closer to the port and has fabulous views!
There are so many ways to get around. If you are heading somewhere further away in Middletown, I would suggest a taxi or an uber. If you are feeling adventurous and heading somewhere closer, I would suggest pedicabs or mopeds. The pedicabs will take you anywhere for free, they only ask that you tip them. You can rent mopeds or scooters right at the beginning of Thames Street. If you’re staying around downtown, you can really get anywhere by foot or by water taxi.
The water taxi only sells a $10 ticket. This ticket is good for the day and you can hop on and off as many times as you wish. The water taxi has 5 stops, 3 being in downtown Newport, one at Goat Island and the other is at Fort Adams. The water taxi is a great way to rest your feet and check out all the beautiful Yachts in the water. The Newport Shipyard has one of the largest boat lifts around, which is why yachts from all over come to get serviced here. Downtown Newport has many docks, so you’ll be able to look at many motor yachts and sailboats.
When it doubt, there is tons of shopping to do downtown. Newport offers all your typical shops, but the best places are those little unique shops and boutiques. Some of my favorites shops include;
Lemon & Line sells handcrafted bracelets made from marine grade rope
Anchor Bend Glassworks make beautiful glass works. In the fall and winter, they sell gorgeous (and affordable!) Christmas ornaments
Virgin & Aged makes many varieties of flavored oils and vinegars. The best part is you can try them all!
I hope this give you some great ideas for you next visit to Newport. Most New England Cruises visit this port in the fall. During this time, the weather in New England can vary from hot days to slightly chilly, so be sure to dress in layers.
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