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Bannister's Wharf

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Address: Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI 02840
Description: What used to be the center of Newport's commercial seaport in the colonial...
What used to be the center of Newport's commercial seaport in the colonial days, is now the hub of Newport's harbor side shopping and dining, where you can find eclectic boutiques, sophisticated and casual restaurants side by side and cozy waterfront rooms.
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Another tourisy spot

Lots of shops and expensive restaurants in the area. Very busy. Sailing ships leave from here so it you are signed up, you have to go thru this. Close to the beginning of... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2014
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Felton, California
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Felton, California
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487 reviews 487 reviews
235 attraction reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Lots of shops and expensive restaurants in the area. Very busy. Sailing ships leave from here so it you are signed up, you have to go thru this. Close to the beginning of Thames St.

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Miami, Florida
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307 reviews 307 reviews
75 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

A beautiful place with quaint shops and seafood taverns. Wander the wooden planks and take pictures of the boats and bay. A true piece of New England.

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Union City, New Jersey, United States
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151 attraction reviews
186 helpful votes 186 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

A nice pier with several shops, bars, and restaurants in the heart of Newport. The Block Island Ferry leaves from nearby and several harbor cruises leave from here as well. Definitely checkout the deck chairs at the end of the pier by the Coffee Grinder in the morning for a relaxing way to start the day. Grab some lunch on... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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130 reviews 130 reviews
45 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a great place to do some serious shopping...from J. Crew to locally made products...get out your credit cards! Parking is found in the lots nearby but come early when it is high season because it will be jammed packed!

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23 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This area of Newport is along the water. The downside is that parking is hard to find during busy summer months, and as much as you would think you would be able to walk along the water, you cannot. The areas are blocked by boat slips and a hotel, which leaves the total experience lacking. The up side of this... More 

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Havertown
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18 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

If you've never been to Newport, RI...checking out Bannister's Wharf and Bowen's Wharf in Newport, RI is a must see! Newport RI has so many things to offer to everyone, shopping, site-seeing, historical buildings...a great place to visit!

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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12 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

We came here to catch our sailboat tour and found more to do than just sailing. There are many cool shops and places to eat. We ended up eating at one of the nearby restaurants after our sailing outing.

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Lynn, Massachusetts
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28 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Nice place with shops but mostly closed due to holiday. Much more lively in the better weather months.

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Franklin Lakes, NJ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

A great destination for shopping eating and people watching. Touristy but fun none the less. I like to grab a drink and people watch

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Gladwyne, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2012

While you're in Newport visiting the mansions, make sure you make a stop at Bannister's Wharf. There are plenty of stores to browse around in with lots of restaurants too. The scenery is lovely right on the water and we even rented a boat and putted around the harbor with some gigantic private yachts to ogle as we just relaxed... More 

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