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In the busy summer months, Newport is packed with visitors. You need a strategy to get to the places you want to see and the things you want to do. 


Getting to Newport

Click here for full information on getting to Newport by car, train, bus, plane and ferry. More...

Car & Parking

You'll want a vehicle to do the 10-Mile Drive along Bellevue Avenue and Ocean Drive, but you can't really drive to see the mansions (no parking for cars).

Central Newport along America's Cup Avenue (map) is walkable, and walking is the best way to get around and see everything.

The best parking deal is the large municipal parking lot by the Newport Gateway Center and the Newport Marriott Hotel off America's Cup Avenue at West Marlborough Street. Not only are prices lower, the parking times are longer, and you can choose to park in sun or shade.

Also, if you park and take RIPTA buses and trolleys (see below), you're entitled to discounts on the parking fee.

There are some parking meters along Upper Thames Street (north of Memorial Boulevard), but they are in great demand in summer, relatively expensive, and of only 1- or 2-hours' duration.

Bus & Trolley

RIPTA (Rhode Island Public Transit Authority), based at the Newport Gateway Center, operates buses and trolley-buses including Bus 67, the Yellow Line, going along Bellevue Avenue to the Newport mansions, and Bus 63, Purple Line, connecting downtown Newport with Middletown and its money-saving motels.

All-day passes allow you to hop on and hop off buses as you wish. More...

Bicycle & Pedicab

If you have bicycles, bring them! Seeing Newport by bike is a joy. If you don't you can hire a pedicab to take you on a tour, or from place to place.

Scooters & Trike Bikes

Scooter World rents bicycles, motor scooters and safer, more stable 2-person trike bikes (3-wheeled scooters). With one of these you can easily drive all over Newport, and even along Ocean Drive.

Newport Harbor Shuttle

The harbor shuttle departs its ticket booth at Perotti Park near the Newport Gateway Center every hour on the hour in summer, making a circuit of Newport Harbor, stopping at Bowen's Wharf (Aquidneck Lobster Bar), Ann Street pier, International Yacht Restoration School, Sail Newport marina, Fort Adams, and Goat Island (Marina Café).

You can buy a round-trip ticket or, for a little more, buy an all-day ticket allowing you to hop on and hop off as you wish. An all-day ticket also allows you to stay on the boat for the full hour and have a thrifty harbor tour. More...

—by Tom Brosnahan

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Pedicab at Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, Newport RI

A pedicab waits in front of the
Vanderbilt Grace Hotel, Newport RI.

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