As larger cruise ships are not able to dock here you will be tendered ashore to Perotti park, the center of town . The tender trip is like a sightseeing tour.
The mansions and cliff walk are a long way from the Tender Dock. The are few cabs available. Take bus 67 instead. $2. Every 20 minutes.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Watch a destination video.
Perhaps the most attractive characteristic of Newport is the ability
that the destination has to appeal to a variety of traveling styles.
Newport is home to miles of scenic coastline ideal for exhilarating
sailing excursions, relaxing beach time, and rejuvenating walks.
For those whose heart lies in architecture, design, and history Newport offers tours of opulent mansions, interesting museums, and a number of walking tours that reveal the history and charm of the city. For a mouth-watering getaway, visitors can enjoy a tour and tasting at the three local vineyards followed by a memorable dining experience at a waterfront restaurant.
For visitors looking to take a bit of Newport style home with them, the city's quaint wharves and cobblestone streets are a mix of unique shops and galleries. Complementing it all is a year-round calendar of special events ranging from nautical events to music festivals to professional sports tournaments, ensuring that there is always something happening in Newport!
Between Memorial Day and Columbus Day weekend, purchase an all-day RIPTA pass and enjoy discounted parking and admissions to area attractions. RIPTA trolleys leave the Newport Visitors Center every 20 minutes from 8 am to 8 pm, providing service to the mansions, Cliff Walk and more. Only 5$ per day/person.
The entire length of Cliffwalk from Bailey's Beach to Memorial Boulevard is approximately 3 1/2 miles. The area by Rough point is not paved, so wear good shoes and comfortable clothing, bring a jacket too.
The Jamestown Newport Ferry offers scenic transportation on lower Narragansett Bay as well as in NewportHarbor and provides easy access for visiting a variety of destinations where you will find many opportunities for sightseeing, historical tours, museum visits, shopping and dining.
Newport Hop on/off tours.
Newport is very walkable.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here
The city-by-the-sea's historic waterfront downtown is filled with cobblestone shopping wharves lined with antique stores, art galleries, resort clothing shops, and specialty shops. Be sure to stop by the Newport Visitors Center to pick up the official Destination Newport Coupon Book loaded with valuable savings throughout the city.
Fresh lobster and steaming bowls of clam chowder are found all along New England's coast, and Newport seafood restaurants do its best!
The official U.S. currency is the United States dollar (symbol: $). ATM's everywhere.
Major credit cards such as Visa and MasterCard are widely used and accepted, even for transactions worth only a few dollars. In fact, in some cases, it may be the only way to make a transaction. Note to overseas visitors: Prices of goods and services always seem lower than they really are, as taxes and gratuities are seldom included.
Most states have a sales tax, ranging from 2.9% to nearly 10% of the retail price; 4-6% is typical. Sales tax is almost never included in posted prices (except for gasoline, and in most states, alcoholic beverages consumed on-premises), but instead will be calculated and added to the total when you pay.
Tipping in America is widely used and expected. While Americans themselves often debate correct levels and exactly who deserves to be tipped, generally accepted standard rates are:
Check your mail at the Newport Public Library, which has 20 computers at 300 Spring Street. Another option is the Empire Cafe or Jack and Josie's, located at 111 Broadway.
In major metropolitan areas like New York and Los Angeles, many drugstores and supermarkets are routinely open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, while department stores, shopping centers and most other large retailers are typically open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday, and often with shorter hours on Sundays - generally 11 a.m. or noon to 5 or 6 p.m. On holidays, the tendency is to remain open (with the exception of the most important holidays like Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day where stores are generally closed)
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