Did you know lobster used to be considered poor man's food? Back in the 1700s, it was so over abundant that people became sick of it, resorting to feeding it to animals, prisoners and indentured servants. Native Americans even used it as fertilizer and fish bait.
Today, we consider lobster a deep-sea delicacy so favorable it's worth an entire day of recognition. September 25 marks National Lobster Day, and you better believe we're honoring our favorite crustaceans.
When you're ready, we can't wait to welcome you back to The Classic Coast. Rest assured, the safety and well-being of both visitors and locals remains our top priority. The mask mandate requiring face coverings in Rhode Island has been lifted, however local businesses may ask you to wear a mask when visiting their establishments. Please be prepared for individual business mask policies. Additionally, shops, attractions and tours are monitoring the number of guests at any given time and may ask you to socially distance to enter.
All we ask when you land on these shores is that you play your part in keeping everyone safe. Please be kind, adhere to guidelines and maintain social distancing.
1 Embark on a Lobster Tour
Set sail aboard the 50 ft. fishing vessel Northeastern for a lobster tour with Fish'n Tales. Led by Captain Rob Demasi, a Rhode Island commercial fisherman with more than three decades of experience, the tour is part scenic adventure and part learning experience. You'll see how lobster traps are hauled from the sea floor, then get to work, helping to prepare bait, sort the catch and throw small lobsters back in the bay. Learn how lobstermen decide whether a lobster is good to keep, or needs more time at the bottom of the sea.
2 Eat a Lobster Roll
Nothing compares to the crown jewel of seafood: the lobster roll. Chunks of fresh-from-the-ocean lobster meat drizzled with warm butter tossed with mayo—make that specialty aioli at some spots—and served on a crisp, buttery roll. It's pure poetry. It's also no wonder publications like Yankee Magazine, Coastal Living and Yahoo continually name Newport's rolls among the best in New England. Head to Anthony's Seafood in Middletown, which was previously featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive In's and Dives, or make a stop at Easton's Beach Snack Bar and experience the famous twin lobster rolls—two lobster rolls and fries for $19.97.
3 Visit the lobster tank at Save the Bay Aquarium
Inside the Easton's Beach ballroom rotunda you'll find Save the Bay's Exploration Center and Aquarium, home to more than 40 species from Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island waters. The center houses three touch tanks and dozens of exhibits to get you up close and personal with sea creatures including little skates, dogfish sharks, urchins, crabs seahorses, turtles, and of course, lobsters.
4 Cook Your Own at Home
Celebrate from home—Newport Lobster Shack ships their live seafood anywhere in the continental US. Wild caught by one of their co-op fishermen, the Lobster Shack ships Fedex Priority Overnight at discounted rates and delivers on the day you schedule.
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