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Thames Street

Address: Thames Street, Newport, RI
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Ranked #23 of 62 Attractions in Newport
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, Hiking
Owner description: Popular Newport street filled with many shops.
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
Activities: Shopping, Hiking
Owner description: Popular Newport street filled with many shops.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Took my first day back in Newport in decades to walk Thames, Spring Street and part of Bellevue Avenue. All three look great, many new improvements and a plethora of interesting (for the most part - except some obvious touristy places) shops, buildings, historic sites, businesses, etc. Everything looked great on a late spring day. I did some like shopping... More 

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Kentucky
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We stayed in a hotel on Thames Street and found that it was the perfect location to walk to shopping and restaurants. It made it easy to come back to the hotel and then go back out in the evenings. We were glad we chose the Thames Street location and we looked at many others.

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103 reviews 103 reviews
50 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Thames Street is filled with shops hawking all the Chinese tourist t-shirts and other items. The Museum Shop is more high-brow as well as some galleries along the way. Restaurants line the main st. and parking is impossible. You can take charter boats for tours in the harbor and out to Rose Lighthouse. Thames Street is a magnet for young... More 

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104 reviews 104 reviews
50 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Nice area to walk around. Close to harbour & lots of small shops, pubs, restaurants & some art shops. I enjoyed the Antique Armory which has many small traders inside selling antiques. Lots of marine & yachting bits. Enjoyed walking around there. Overall Thames St is pleasant to walk around & worth a visit but not a must see.

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Felton, California
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463 reviews 463 reviews
228 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Lots of t-shirt shops and other touristy shops. Quite narrow for driving and limited parking. Better to find parking on a side street and walk it if you want to give it a try. Nothing special in my opinion.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

My wife liked the armory antique store. The busy harbor was cool, a lot of nice boats if your into that kind of stuff. I've been to a lot of touristy towns like this, and this is definitely not on my top 10 "I have to come back here" places. If not for the proximity to the piers and the... More 

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Los Angeles
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279 reviews 279 reviews
233 attraction reviews
148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Our Hotel was on Thames street so we were right in the middle of the activity. We walked it both ways and looked at "everything". I did like the antiques at the Armory, but it is hard to buy stuff when you are flying. There were nice restaurants but some were very pricey. We did eat at the Subway by... More 

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East Quogue, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

There are lots of cites in America that, unfortunately, look like this street with souvenir shops, t shirt shops and other useless stuff for sale. There is lots of charm in Newport, just not on Thames Street.

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New York City, New York
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64 reviews 64 reviews
18 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

There is little to recommend most of Thames Street unless you like tourist shops for tee shirts. Several pub like restaurants are concentrated at the beginning of the street. The streets are filled with tourists. There is an antiques mall if you like that kind if shopping. If you travel further away from the beginning of the street there are... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This street is always filled with activity, good restaurants/bars, nice shops and is central for you to check out the waterside or other nearby trendy streets.

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