Summer brought us what will undoubtedly remain some our favorite memories of the year. We dined on rooftops and seaside patios, we relished in outdoor concerts all around town, devoured our fair share of lobster rolls, watched movies under the stars and even lounged by the pool and throughout Newport's best beaches.

As Labor Day weekend nears, we're still not quite ready to say goodbye to summer. From family friendly adventures to chances to sit back and relax on a boat, beach or rooftop, these LDW ideas are just what you need to send the season out in style.

 

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HARBOR SAILS

1 Coastal Queen Cruises

Where:
From Newport, Bowen's Wharf
When:
Daily
Cost:
Starting at $32 or $35 per ticket

Climb aboard the Coastal Queen for a fun-filled tour of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. You'll pass historic sites like the International Yacht Restoration School, historic lighthouses, historic forts, mega yachts and more that surround Newport Harbor and the Jamestown shoreline.

Cruise Options:
  • Lighthouse and Mimosa Cruises—narrated cruise with complimentary mimosa
  • Scenic Bay Cruises—narrated tour and leisurely boat cruise around Newport Harbor
  • Evening Cheer Cruise—relaxing harbor cruise with on-boat drink specials
  • Evening Cocktail Cruises—sunset cruise with complimentary "special" cocktail 

 

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2 Try Sailing

Where:
Sail Newport, 72 Fort Adams Drive
Cost:
$55 per adult, $25 per child (11-17), Free per child 10 and under

Where better to earn your sea legs and try sailing than in The Sailing Capital of the World? This one-hour experience with Sail Newport allows you to partake in the thrill of sailing with the safety of an expert sailor. Don't forget to pack hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and a jacket or fleece to layer.

DETAILS:
  • Up to four adults, or up to two adults and three children
  • All ages invited
  • Life jackets of all sizes available
  • By appointment only

 

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3 Classic Motor Yacht

Where:
From Newport, Bowen's Wharf
Cost:
From $36 - $50

Treat yourself to two of life's greatest joys: cocktails and a harbor cruise. Climb aboard Rum Runner II, a classic 1929 motor yacht, and enjoy breathtaking—up-close and personal—views of Newport Harbor this LDW (see featured image for a preview.)

CRUISE OPTIONS:

  • Lighthouses & Mimosas Cruise—light narrated tour, mimosas, madeleines, and bottled water onboard
  • East Passage Express—formal narrated tour, non-alcoholic beverages included onboard
  • Smugglers Cocktail Cruise—casual cruise, rum punch, beer, hard cider and bottled water included onboard

 

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4 Brunch on a Boat

Where:
From Newport, Bowen's Wharf
When:
Cruise departs at 10:30 AM
Cost:
$40: Adults & Seniors, $35: Children (11-4), $10: Infants

Rise and shine, you’re in Newport! Start your day with an invigorating Morning Mimosa Sail aboard Adirondack II, an elegant, 80-foot, turn-of-the-century-style pilot schooner. Feel free to bring brunch to compliment perfectly poured mimosas.

 

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5 Air & Sail

Where:
From Newport, Bowen's Wharf
Cost:
$173/ticket

Climb aboard a legendary America's Cup 12 meter and help raise the sails as you head out through the harbor. After you sail (or before, you choose) board a helicopter tour that shows you the "City-by-the-Sea" from above.

Package Details:
  • Price includes one ticket for a Newport Mansion Helicopter Tour and one ticket for a 2-hour 12 Meter Cruise.
  • Rates based on double occupancy.
  • Tours may be scheduled on the same day or different days.

 

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SPECIAL EVENTS

1 Farmaesthetics Pop-Up at Sweet Berry Farm

Where:
SWEET BERRY FARM, MIDDLETOWN
When:
Friday & Saturday, 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM

The natural and sustainable beauty brand, Farmaesthetics, will be hosting a pop-up shop at Sweet Berry Farm through the fall. Shop and swoon over the assortment of sustainable products and accessories, open weekly on Thursday - Saturdays through October. 

 
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2 Labor Day Live Music ft. Orange Whip

Where:
Newport Vineyards, Middletown
When:
Monday, September 5, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrate the end of summer with tunes by Orange Whip to cap the holiday weekend! Sit back, relax and enjoy the tunes while sipping wine or beer tasting flights, a glass, or enjoying small bites! Reservation and more details to come.

 

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3 Newport International Polo Series

Where:
250 Linden Lane, Portsmouth
When:
Saturday, September 3, 4:00 PM
Cost:
Pavilion Tables: $30/seat; Lawn Admission: $20/adult, kids free, age 15 and under

Watch as all-star lineups of international competitors take the field. Experience a tailgate party for the optimal experience, or plant your seat in the lawn and relax. Just don’t forget to help stomp the divots.

 

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4 Ca' del Bosco Wine Garden at The Chanler

Where:
117 Memorial Boulevard, Newport
When:
Friday - Sunday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon or early evening sipping Ca’ del Bosco luxury sparkling wines along with seasonal light fare featuring a gourmet picnic box and local oysters. Take in the water views, fresh air and sit back on Adirondack chairs, while overlooking the Cliff Walk and the Atlantic Ocean.

 

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5 IYRS Newport Classic Yacht Regatta

Where:
Along the waterfront
When:
Saturday, September 3 - Sunday, September 4

Spot from the water a celebration of classic yachting in Newport Harbor during the 43rd Annual Newport Classic Yacht Regatta. With two days of racing, a classic yacht parade on Sunday, and party to end it all, join us in weekend of sailing and yachting tradition. 

 

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6 Get Baked at Ragged

Where:
Ragged Island Brewing Company, Portsmouth
When:
Mon, September 5, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Cost:
$22 – $65

When two great minds come together, like Ragged Island and McGrath Clambakes, with one goal in mind; you listen. 

McGrath Clambakes & Catering is once again teaming up with Ragged Island Brewery for a public clambake filled with all the New England classic's, like corn on the cob, Rhode Island Lobster, PEI Mussels, Steamers, and of course local craft beer. 

 

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7 HOTEL VIKING SUMMER SPECIALS

KETEL ONE BOTANICALS ON THE PATIO AT ONE BELLEVUE

WHEN: Friday - Sunday, 12 PM - 4 PM
WHERE: Bellevue Patio

Choose your botanical: Cucumber Mint, Peach and Orange Blossom, or Grapefruit and Rose!

Join us on the One Bellevue Patio all summer long for a Ketel One Botanical Spritz Garden. Enjoy a selection of vodka distilled with real botanicals and infused with natural fruit essences. Pair your spritz with one of Executive Chef Patrick’s shareable plates.


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TANQUERAY AT THE TOP

WHEN: Thursday - Sunday
WHERETop of Newport

Sweeping views of Bellevue Avenue and the bay give Top of Newport an airy, sophisticated feel, and the cocktails on offer will follow suit. Expert bartenders will be on hand to create delicately balanced Gin & Tonic's for you.


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