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Explore the City by Land & Sea

From Newport, RI sailing tours aboard America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts, to coastal biking and international polo matches, there’s always something happening in Newport, when you’re out and about. Here are just a few of our favorite sailing and outdoor activities. (For a list of additional activities and events scheduled throughout the year, please visit the Discover Newport website.)

Newport Charter Group

A private yachting experience, explore historic Newport Harbor and surrounding waters on the beautiful 33′ Camelot. When you charter Camelot, the entire boat is yours. This privacy allows the captain to tailor the cruise to your liking, creating a personalized and memorable experience. Newport Charter Group offers a variety of charter packages, with the most popular being the 1 hour 45 minute cruise through the harbor.


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America’s Cup Charters

Experience a legend and sail aboard a classic America’s Cup 12 Meter yacht! Two-hour casual afternoon and evening cruises are available, as well as a three-hour racing sail for the sailing enthusiast. All of the company’s 12 Meter yachts raced for yachting’s most coveted prize and three actually won The America’s Cup. You’re welcome to participate in the sailing or just sit back and relax enjoying picturesque Narragansett Bay. We’ll sail past Castle Hill Lighthouse, historic Rose Island, and Hammersmith Farm — the beautiful summer White House of JFK. Sailing aboard these 68-foot classic racers is truly a unique experience you’ll treasure always.


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Classic Cruises of Newport

Enjoy stunning views of Narragansett Bay and the excitement of the Sailing Capital of America with Classic Cruises. Aboard Rum Runner II, cruise by mansions and former speakeasies fueled by seaborne smugglers, and relive the thrill of the chase. Originally built for two New Jersey mobsters to elude the Coast Guard while speeding cases of “hooch”, it offers the luxury and intrigue you’d imagine of a high-speed bandit, with a history all her own. Or embark on a Newport, RI sailing tour aboard the 72-foot schooner Madeleine. Specifically designed to carry passengers easily through local waters, Madeleine maintains 19th-century style with 21st-century comfort. Group and charter packages are also available.

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12 Meter Charters’ Sailing Tours

Set sail aboard the legendary 12 Meter yachts of Newport! Not your typical harbor cruise, 12 Meter Charters’ ticketed cruises combine the history of Newport, Rhode Island with the unparalleled experience of sailing on an America’s Cup contender. Enjoy historic Newport sights including Fort Adams and the Newport Bridge, lighthouses and lavish estates, aircraft carriers and historic schooners, and learn the history of the America’s Cup in Newport. Sit back and take in the sights of Newport or participate in the sailing. No sailing experience is necessary; with their experienced crews, sailing participation from guests is welcomed but never required!

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Jamestown Newport Ferry

One of the best ways to see Newport and its surrounding Narragansett Bay neighbors is aboard the Jamestown Newport Ferry. Its Hop-On Hop-Off ferry service includes stops at Fort Adams, Jamestown Village, Perrotti Park, and the Rose Island Lighthouse. Other tour options offered by parent company Conanicut Marine include scenic cross-bay cruises, morning mimosa lighthouse cruises, and sunset cruises aboard the Coastal Queen, as well as private and special event charters.

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Passengers aboard the Jamestown Newport Ferry boat offers half- and full-day charters on private luxury yachts. Whether you are interested in a Newport, RI sailing tour, lunch cruise, cocktail cruise or a multi-day excursion, they will fulfill your yachting desires.

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Newport Helicopter Tours

For a truly unique perspective of Newport and its stunning surroundings, take to the skies with Newport Helicopter Tours. They offer a variety of tours including the Mansion Tour, where you can see famed mansions like The Breakers and Marble House from your front row seat in the sky. The Island Tour combines all the excitement of the Mansion Tour with a fly by of JFK’s summer home, aircraft carriers, and Ocean Drive, one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country. The Lighthouse Tour takes you to the many brilliant lighthouses that guard one of America’s oldest seaport towns, while the Providence Night Flight whisks you away to a memorable light show of Rhode Island’s capital city.

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Newport International Polo Series

Polo is one of the most unique experiences in the Newport area and features teams from around the world, as well as major US cities playing against USA / Newport. The past season witnessed an exciting lineup of action-packed polo matches, international team debuts, and memorable special events. For fun on and off the field — matched by an enthusiastic spectator audience — secure your tickets for the Newport International Polo Series!

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Brenton Point Kite Park

Go fly a kite! A short 10 miles away, Brenton Point Kite Park is a lovely place to soak in the sun on a beautiful day.

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Touro Park

Just two blocks away, Touro Park is a great place for friends and families to run around, play ball, and even have a game of hide and seek!

Coastal Biking

Explore America’s most beautiful shoreline, breathtaking landscapes, and historic streets of Newport on one of Hotel Viking’s complimentary bicycles. To make arrangements, simply go to the front desk to check out a bike and even get a local map of recommended routes. Available on a first come, first served basis.

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