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Thames Street

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Free

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Shopping, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.6

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  • 5.0Value
  • 5.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Nestled just steps from the waterfront, Thames Street has been Newport's main commercial drag since the 18th century. Here you'll find a collection of local shops like Thames Glass and Newport Fudgery, as well as more conventional stores like Express and Banana Republic. There's also a decent dining scene, ranging from budget-friendly seafood spots to ritzier establishments, such as Brick Alley Pub & Restaurant and Bouchard Inn & Restaurant.

This area also claims a high concentration of colonial homes, dating back to the late 17th and early 18th centuries that are worth exploring. And be sure to take some time to visit Trinity Church. This religious site was completed in 1726, and its cemetery acts as the final resting place of some of the city's earliest settlers.  

If you're hoping to buy some souvenirs, visitors recommend purchasing them on Thames Street instead of at Bowen's Wharf. You'll find cheaper prices, plus some great people-watching. You'll also want to wear comfortable walking shoes, even if you're planning a shorter stroll; the cobblestone streets and the sometimes-unkempt redbrick sidewalks aren't high-heel friendly.

Thames Street is free to visit, though fees apply for any items purchased at the street's shops and restaurants. Street parking is limited, so plan on arriving early or parking at the Newport Visitor Information Center, which is situated a block west of the northern part of Thames Street. The thoroughfare is also within walking distance of Touro Synagogue.

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This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at Easton's Beach or The Breakers mansion and head south to Bailey's Beach. Along the way, you'll catch a glimpse of other famous homes like the Marble House and Rough Point.

Though the views are gorgeous, the terrain can get treacherous on the trail's southern end. However, past visitors noted that if you can finish the trail, you'll be rewarded with some of the Newport's best views.

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