After spending all of my summers in Narragansett and attending university in Newport for four years, there has been no reason for me to play tourist in Rhode Island. What else could I possibly want to do besides relaxing at Narragansett Town Beach and enjoying a medium-size Del's Lemonade?
Since I have had more time to try different experiences, some of the tourist-y things are enjoyable for locals, too.
I drive over Narragansett Bay everyday--it would never occur to me to go on a boat cruise.
I went on a 4:30 PM cruise with Gansett Cruises a few days ago and loved seeing Newport and Jamestown from a different perspective.
As a bonus, Gansett Cruises also offers a complimentary Rhode Island treat. For the afternoon cruise, you can choose to either order a Del's Lemonade or a coffee "cabinet." I would normally choose the Del's, but I went for the cabinet instead. which was a solid decision. You can also enjoy other beverages from the cash bar, including a Narragansett Beer, the boat's namesake.
Even though I already knew most of the information the tour guide shared about Newport, I learned some historical tidbits about yachts in the harbour, private summer homes, and inlets in Newport and Jamestown.
The Providence--Johnny Depp was filmed on this boat in "Pirates of the Caribbean"
The Wharton's House in Jamestown
Castle Hill Inn--Arguably the most beautiful spot in Newport
(I went there for Newport Restaurant Week last spring)
If you're from New York City, \the same architects who designed Central Park also designed this bridge.
Ida Lee Yacht Club--Ida Lee was the nation's first female lighthouse keeper. The red flag on the mast has fourteen stars on it, which signifies the fourteen ships she had saved on her watch.
Rum Runner was a boat that was used during Prohibition to transport alcohol hidden in Narragansett Bay that was shipped in from England
I told my parents about the boat cruise--it looks like I'm going on another Gansett Cruise in the near future with my family...