It's quite often that Newport gets referred to as "paradise." But as we know, nothing and no one (even the destination known as heaven on earth) is perfect. We aren't afraid to admit our flaws - parking in Newport is not easy. Luckily, though, we're here to help! Here's everything you need to know about where to park your car (note:November 1 - April 30 is the season of free parking!), so you can get up close and personal with the beauty and history Newport has to offer.
Newport Gateway Center Lot 23 America's Cup Avenue, Newport RI The Gateway Center serves as Newport's main transportation hub, with buses and trolleys departing regularly. Park your car and get on a trolley to travel throughout town worry-free. Added bonus: The Newport Visitor Center is located just inside with experts waiting to answer your questions on everything Newport County -- where to eat and stay, what tours to take, which events to attend and more. Cost: November 1 - April 30 Free May 1 - October 31 First half hour - $2.00 First half hour free with validation from the Visitor Center. Each additional half hour - $1.50 Maximum per 24 hours - $24.50 (Customers without ticket pay max rate). Master & Visa Cards accepted Newport Residents: 3 hours free, once per day. Hours of Operation: Daily, 8am through 12am
Mary Street Lot Located between lower Mary Street and lower Church Street. Open May 1 through October 31. The Mary Street lot offers more than 100 parking spaces, plus a public restroom open daily in season. Cost: November 1 - April 30 Free May 1 - October 31 First half hour - $2.00 Each additional half hour - $1.50 Maximum per 24 hours - $24.50 Newport Residents: 3 hours free, once per day. (Resident Sticker is required) Hours of Operation: Sunday through Thursday: 8am 12am Friday and Saturday: 8am 2am Restrooms close daily at 8pm
Touro Street Lot The Touro Parking Lot is accessible from Clarke Street and offers 32 available spaces. Parking is limited to three hours. The lot runs on a Pay & Display parking meter which accepts coins, bills and credit cards. Simply select the number of hours you will be parked, make your payment and then place the receipt on your dashboard. Cost: November 1 - April 30 Free May 1 - October 31 $1.25 per hour Hours of Operation: Daily: 9am - 5pm
Long Wharf Lot The Long Wharf Parking lot is accessible from America's Cup Avenue, and, like Touro, is a small lot of thirty five spaces. Parking is available for a maximum of nine hours per day. Payment is operated by a Pay & Display machine, which accepts coins, bills and credit cards. Simply select the number of hours you will be parked, make your payment and then place the receipt on your dashboard. Cost: November 1 - April 30 Free May 1 - October 31 $1.25 per hour Hours of Operation: Daily, 24 hours
November 1 - April 30 No fee for parking at meters, but a 3 hour limit is in effect until 6pm daily. May 1 - October 31 Metered parking is in effect 9:00am through 9:00pm daily. Cost: Downtown Meters: $1.25 per hour, 3 hour limit Beach Meters on Memorial Blvd: $2 per hour, 3 hour limit Note: all meters accept coins or credit cards
Various locations throughout town exist without meter parking, including Spring Street, one block up from Thames Street, and Wellington Avenue, located on lower Thames across from the Shell Station.
The Residential Sticker Parking Program, in effect from Mat 1 through October 1, designates specific streets as Residential Sticker Parking streets which means that parking is restricted only to vehicles displaying a residential parking permit. Keep an eye out for signs on the streets where these restrictions are enforced as the rules vary from street to street.