Narragansett Bay Places to Go & Things to Do
Each stop the Jamestown Newport Ferry makes around lower Narragansett Bay offers a different and fun experience.
1. Jamestown Village: Home of the Jamestown Newport Ferry! Jamestown is a wonderful place to spend a few hours or an entire day. The historic downtown village has a quaint mix of shops and restaurants all within walking distance of the Ferry landing. Or, bring your bike and explore the island's beautiful parks and beaches. Stunning harbor views and friendly people make Jamestown a stop everyone will enjoy.
2. Rose Island: The fully restored and functional lighthouse is a living piece of maritime history. Both the Rose Island light station and Ft. Hamilton are open for guided tours daily between 10 am and 4 pm from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Other activities include beachcombing, fishing, bird watching and swimming (no lifeguard). Picnic tables and public toilets are available. There is a $5 landing fee, RILF members are not charged. The island is closed to the public during fundraisers. For more information: 401.847.4242.
3. Fort Adams: One of the largest seacoast fortifications built in the US, Fort Adams provides a visual record of military history for the 1820's to the end of WWII. The walls of the fort, the "listening tunnels," and panoramic views of Narragansett Bay combine to make this an interesting and educational stop. Guided tours are available daily on the hour from 10 am to 4 pm beginning in late May. For more information: 401.841.0707.
- Sail Newport: Rhode Island's Public Sailing Center, Sail Newport, provides easy and affordable access to sailing. They have a fleet of 22' sailboats and sit-on-top kayaks available for rent, and offer lessons for the novice to the advanced adult sailor. For more information: 401.849.8385.
- Newport Folk Festival & Newport Jazz Festival: Fort Adams is home to the Newport Folk Festival and Newport Jazz Festival, and the Ferry offers an easy, no-hassle ride to these events. Visit their websites for a complete line up of performances. A special schedule with additional runs for these event weekends will be posted on our website with departures from One East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown and Perrotti Park, 39 America's Cup Avenue, in Newport.
4. Ann Street Pier: Enjoy easy access to the many restaurants and shops on Lower Thames Street. Also in close proximity to the Newport Yachting Center.
5. Perrotti Park: is located on America's Cup Avenue between the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina and the Marriott Hotel. It is in close proximity to downtown Newport's many shops and restaurants. Next door, the Newport Gateway Center, offers a wealth of tourist information. Trolleys, busses, cabs and tour companies are all on hand.
6. Gurney’s Newport Resort: located on Goat Island. An Island Resort, Just Minutes from Downtown Newport. Expansive grounds offering 360-degree water views provide an ideal setting for our various dining options, entertainment, wellness, waterfront spa treatments, family fun, and secluded shoreline cocktails featuring the best sunsets in Newport. Offering 257 guestrooms and more event space than any other property in Newport, Gurney’s Newport Resort & Marina is a popular destination for all sorts of stylish business and social gatherings, as well as truly memorable weddings. Whistle-stops to the resort (see JNF scheduled times) aboard the Jamestown/Newport Ferry. Also offering an Unreserved Round Trip ticket from Perrotti Park aboard the shuttle “Nymph” departing on the bottom of the hour throughout the day (see separate shuttle schedule) from May 27 to September 10, 2017.