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“A lot like Lahaina HI”

Newport's Historic Bayfront
Ranked #5 of 52 things to do in Newport
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Beautiful view of the harbor, sea lions basking, interesting shops and most had unique tasteful art or curio items. Several restaurants and pubs. Parking is a challenge.

Thank gophergulch
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Reviewed February 3, 2012

Go go go, to Newports Bay front! It is amazing! I love the shops, the sea lions are very fun to watch and so much more! Ive been there 16 times and wont stop coming! :)

Thank Sierra D
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Reviewed January 30, 2012

There is a lot to see and do here. There are all kinds of shops; jewelry, junk, art, tourist souvenirs,, leather, fishing supplies, candy and caramel corn. You can see giant sea lions basking in the sun, smell the shrimp at the canneries and enjoy manta restaurants, all very casual. You definitely should walk both sides of the street.

Thank Fandmsmith
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

Newport's Bayfront is an interesting blend of real working fish plants, tourist attractions (some tacky) , shops, restaurants and murals.

This is the historic "Newport" - where the city began back in the mid 1800's. There is one narrow street through this area and parking is very tight in the summer. I do not recommend this area for RVs as it is just too tight and congested. Instead, catch the local bus called the "Newport Loop" from many places in town. It costs only $1.

I'm surprised that the previous reviews did not mention the murals! There are at least a dozen of them and they are best seen from foot so you don't have to worry about driving whilst trying to look up at them. The entire bayfront is only about a mile or so long and is level, so for most people it's easy to stroll the length of it.

Anyway, the murals are very interesting and depict scenes including the Coast Guard helicopter, killer whales, an early 20th Century shipwreck and an old brewery. One or two have faded and peeled with time, but others are still brightly colored.

This bayfront still has working fish plants, and you'll see the workmen moving equipment around, forklifts chugging along the road. Just give them room and be patient. You can see the fishing boats pull up to the docks and unload their catches. And yes, you will smell the fish ;-)

There are a number of restaurants along here, including a 100 year old tavern and the original Mo's Clam Chowder. Some of the 1971 Paul Newman movie "Sometimes a Great Notion" was filmed along the bayfront.

You can take a bay cruise from here and shop in many small, individually owned shops and galleries. The Made in Oregon store is popular as it sells only products which are made in the state of Oregon.

You have only to pause and listen a moment to hear the sea lions. If you want to see them "up close", just walk or drive easterly until you see Port Dock 1. There is a wooden pier that you can walk out and you'll be about 15 feet above the sea lions. They are always a popular attraction.

At the east end of the old bayfront, there is now a nice boardwalk along the boat docks. This is where you will see people strolling along enjoying the atmosphere as well as locals walking their dogs and getting some exercise. There are benches to sit and watch the boats.

Exploring Newport's Bayfront is a great way to spend some time :-)

4  Thank half-Brit
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Reviewed January 25, 2012

We have visited the historic bay front many times. This time it was winter and not at all crowded. I just love being near a working fishery. No boats going in and out today because of the stormy rough waters. The shops are quaint, there are many meal choices, and even the famous wax works and Ripley's believe it or not. Take a stroll, watch the bay life, and eat.

Thank pkrissel
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