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Nice Stroll

There are numerous nice shops and restaurants. The sidewalks were clean. Traffic light... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Laconia, New Hampshire
Looooong Stretch with Lots to See & Do

Block after block of shops, museums, inns and restaurants all one block in from the water. Not... read more

Reviewed January 13, 2019
Litchfield, Connecticut
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Thames Street, Newport, RI 02840
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All reviews great shopping window shopping lots of shops shop till you drop fun street specialty shops quaint shops t shirts great place to walk off season downtown newport walk around lots of fun new england cobblestone stroll piers
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Reviewed 5 days ago

There are numerous nice shops and restaurants. The sidewalks were clean. Traffic light facilitated crossing.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank abssr
Reviewed January 13, 2019

Block after block of shops, museums, inns and restaurants all one block in from the water. Not hilly. Flat walkable street. We visited in January and found almost everything to be open for business mainly on the weekends. Weekdays, some of the places are closed...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank tangohampton
Reviewed January 1, 2019

Love walking this and people watch. Many restaurants and stores. Be sure to check out bannisters wharf which has restaurants at the waters edge.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ShorelineGuy
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

This is the second time we came to Newport RI. We struggled to find parking in the summer time. There is a good reason to check out Newport during the off season. We were happy to find out that there was free 3 hours street...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Hirashiki
Reviewed November 14, 2018

A good flat street for a stroll. Lots of eating places and shops. Look out for the Old Armory which is now an antiques market selling lots of interesting stuff.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Ray W
Reviewed November 13, 2018

Fun place to walk around and check out all the shops. Nightlife is even more fun with lots of bars and places to eat.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ElaineM131313
Reviewed November 11, 2018

Thames Street is where everyone walks, shops, eats, and visits the Newport harbor. Had the good fortune to live nearby for several years. No need for a car, everything is within walking distance. You can’t go to newport and not hit Thames!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Elaine R
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Thames Street is the place to go in Newport. It is loaded with restaurants and shopping. You could spend the whole week on this street and experience every type of cuisine you can think of.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank tbone125
Reviewed October 29, 2018

Thames Street has just about anything you may want to do, be it shopping, eating, bar hopping or just people watching. There are so many shops and Restaurants crammed into a relatively small area that you can cover it all, in detail, in just a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 27, 2018

Wow, shops and eaterys everywhere on this street. The old brink street is very charming. I think that parking on this street should be not allowed because of so many people.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mary D
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May 16, 2017|
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Response from beachbum243 | Reviewed this property |
Most shops are closed by 5pm.Restaurants are normally opened until 9pm. If you are staying at a local hotel, check with the front desk. They can advise you on seasonal shop hours, and usually have discounts available for... More
February 9, 2017|
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Response from Larry B | Reviewed this property |
When we were there in Jan., a number of smaller shops had signs the read something like "Closed for the Season" (don't know when the season ends) or more specifically "See You in April". Quite a few just said something like... More
October 10, 2016|
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Response from beachbum243 | Reviewed this property |
Parking on side streets is free if you get there early. Lot parking on season runs $10.00, off season you can park there for free. Meter parking is available on Thames St. Small cars are best, as this is a tight fit and... More
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Overnight Parking (1 Reply)
Hello. We're visiting Newport from July 2-5 and are staying off Thames Street. Our Inn does have parking for one car, but we'll have a 2nd car that we won't be needing to use other than for travel there and back to Newport. So the 2nd car does not need to be parked nearby. Any "offsite" overnight parking options? Thanks for any suggestions.
June 08, 2011|
Response frommilemarker0|
What part of Thames (upper or lower)? Most streets are resident only after a certain time. The best spot if you're towards Upper Thames is on Kay Street....it's the road that leads into the Viking Hotel....it has no restrictions on resident parking and just a short walk into town...perfect if you don't need to use it daily. Just don't block a driveway or park in a yellow painted curb.
Bored.... (4 Replies)
I'm spending my first night at Newport and I'm already getting bored. Most shops at Thames street are closed and only one mansion is open during the winter. I've done the cliff walk and ocean drive today and am not sure what else to do tomorrow. I'm sorry to say but I'm quite disappointed to be here...Can anyone recommend me what else I can do here...I've got another two more days to go...
March 05, 2007|
Response fromoldexplorer|
Drive to Providence about an hour away. In Providence visit the State House, RISD art museum, the arcade, bundle up and walk along Waterplace Park and the Riverwalk. Visit the Culinary Archives and Museum. Go to the Providence Place Mall and see an IMAX movie there.
Jan M
Boston, Massachusetts
Thanksgiving in Newport (7 Replies)
Thinking about driving from Boston to Newport and staying two to three days, including Thanksgiving. We like the Residence Inn in Middletown and will probably be staying there. Are all the shops open on Thames Street at that time of year? where would be a nice place to have Thanksgiving Dinner? Thanks everyone Nannyjan
September 20, 2011|
Response fromILoveRI|
I've never done it, but I bet Thanksgiving at the White Horse Tavern would be great! Now that you mention it........