We don't need a special day to honor Dad, but when it rolls around each year, you better believe we do it big. There's no shortage of things to do, see, eat, drink and experience in and around Newport this year with the man who means the most. From a special cocktail cruise to an enchanting wine garden overlooking the Atlantic, these memorable happenings are the perfect way to spoil Dad on his special day.
ENGAGE HIS ADVENTUROUS SIDE
1 BY BOAT
Treat your #1 guy to two of life's greatest joys: cocktails and a harbor cruise. Climb aboard the 80-foot pilot schooner, Adirondack II, for a leisurely, scenic sail through Newport Harbor with a Newport Dark and Stormy in hand: Newport’s own Thomas Tew’s Rum and Rhode Island's Yacht Club Ginger Beer, developed to go with Pirate Tew’s Rum.
2 BY RAIL
If Dad is an adventurer at heart, then you'll be right on track at Rail Explorers. These pedal-powered rail bikes offer an unforgettable scenic ride along historic Aquidneck Island and spectacular Narragansett Bay on custom built pedal-powered vehicles. Explorer rail bikes have four steel wheels, hydraulic disc brakes, pedals for each seat, and are comfortable, fun and easy to ride. You'll bond while pedaling in tandem among some of Aquidneck Island's most scenic sights.
3 BY VINTAGE CAR
Have Dad spend his day relaxing in comfort and vintage style, while learning about some of Newport's most famous attractions with Newport Classic Car's curated automobile tours and Newport Jaguar guided, private tours.
Newport Classic Car Tours: Experience an intimate look of Newport, on your own terms, and rent a 1962 Ford Thunderbird, or opt for a guided tour learning local knowledge along the way in a flashy antique car.
Newport Jaguar Tours: opt for the Grand Tour to learn about many of Newport's notable attractions, including; Ocean Drive, Bellevue Avenue, the beaches and more.
4 BY HELICOPTER
Take to the air with Newport Helicopter Tours for an exhilarating experience with aerial views of mansions, Narragansett Bay, Ocean Drive, and more that Dad won't forget. All dads fly free on Father's Day with a minimum of two passengers.
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1 Evening Cruise with Piped-In Jimmy Buffett Hits
- Coastal Queen Cruises, from Jamestown
- JUNE 17, 2023 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM
- All Ages: $39
It’s five o’clock somewhere on the Coastal Queen, a great time to celebrate Dad! Come aboard and cruise along the East Passage of Narragansett Bay while listening to piped-in Jimmy Buffett hits. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the many beautiful sights like Rose Island Lighthouse, Fort Adams State Park, Clingstone, Hammersmith Farm, and more. The boat has a cozy and weatherproof main salon and a covered top deck with side curtains. Cruise is 90 minutes, tickets are $39 and the boat departs from 1 East Ferry Wharf in Jamestown at 7:00 PM.
2 Annual Strawberry Festival at Trinity Church
- Trinity Church, Queen Anne Square
- JUNE 17th from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Fathers like fruit too. Trinity Church in Newport will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 17th, from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM, rain or shine. The festival celebrates all things strawberry, with food, live music, and quality artisans and crafters on the lawn of Trinity Church on Queen Anne Square.
3 Cars & Coffee — Fort Adams
- Fort Adams State Park
- June 18th, 2023 from 8:00 - 10:00 AM
Cars, coffee, and Dad—need we say more? Join Audrain Auto Museum at Fort Adams State Park for an evening of cars and coffee overlooking the waterfront.
4 Ca' del Bosco Wine Garden
- The Chanler at Cliff Walk
- June 16th - 18th from 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Post-golf toast? We have an idea for you. Ca' del Bosco and The Chanler have come together for an enchanting collaboration showcasing Italian renaissance charm and seaside beauty.
Hit a round of 9 (or a full 18 if thats more your speed), and head to The Chanler for your watering hole. Sit back and relax with local oysters, a gourmet picnic box, or simply take your time sipping on the decadent wine selection with your favorite guy.
5 The Kitchen at Blithewold
- Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
- JUNE 16th - 18th, 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Treat Dad to a relaxing lunch with a sweeping view of Narragansett Bay. The Kitchen at Blithewold is serving a light lunch on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays this Father's Day weekend at 11 AM & 1 PM on Blithewold’s North West Porch.
6 NEWPORT FOODIES STROLL
- DOWNTOWN NEWPORT, TOUR STARTS AT THE WAVE STATUE
- JUNE 16th & 17th, STARTING AT 11:30 AM & 12:00 PM
- ADULTS: $88, CHILDREN: $55
A little bit of history and a whole lot of food is in store for you this Father's Day.
Newport Foodies Stroll offers a 1.75 miles walking food tour through Lower Thames Street. You will learn about the "City by the Sea", as well as try the cuisine from five of the best locally owned restaurants. The best time to schedule your tour is at the beginning of your visit to Newport. The tour runs rain or shine on June 16th and 17th this Father's Day Weekend.
All tours begin at 11:30am and last 2.5-3 hours. Meet Tom and Sue, your tour guides, in front of the wave statue/sculpture at the intersection of America's Cup and Memorial Boulevard. They will provide water, sunscreen, and disposable rain ponchos.
7 THE BIT PLAYERS IMPROV COMEDY
- Firehouse Theater
- JUNE 16th & 17th, 2023
For all those Dad one-liners, we have a night in store for you.
The Bit Players are a fast paced and energized group of improvisation master-minds. Their high energy LIVE shows are modeled after the hit TV show "Whose Line is it Anyway?". Full of hysterical characters, hilarious games, and side-splitting musical numbers these shows will leave you wanting more every time. No two shows are ever the same. Everything is truly made up on the spot from YOUR suggestions so don't miss a single laugh!
8 Newport Charter Yacht Show
- Newport Shipyard
- JUNE 19th - 22
Maybe a Yacht is out of budget for a gift this year, but a guy can dream—and we have the perfect place to do just that. Celebrating more than 35 years in existence, the Newport Charter Yacht Show is a showcase of luxury charter yachts alongside a display of ancillary goods and services for the charter industry. This four-day event is dedicated exclusively to yacht charter professionals; agents, owners, brokers and captains in the dynamic, picturesque setting of Newport, Rhode Island.
9 Dads Are Free
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