Take the ferry to see the ships
The Tall Ships are here! These spectacular vessels will be open to the public today through Saturday in Newport harbor. Parking in Newport will be a nightmare, so what is the best way to get there?
Without doubt, the best deal for islanders is to ride the Jamestown to Newport Ferry, which leaves Jamestown from East Ferry. The ferry is operated by Conanicut Marina and costs $15 for an allday ticket. That means you can ride the ferry to the different areas in Newport harbor, get off and see the ships. Then you can reboard the ferry and ride it to the next location and see more ships.
If you don't walk to get on board the Tall Ships, you could also just ride the ferry around to see the ships from the water.
Bill Munger of Conanicut Marina says they will be operating two ferryboats during the Tall Ships festival - the familiar Jamestown and a new addition, the Katherine. There will be expanded service today through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Tall Ships ferry schedule appears on page 15 of this newspaper. The Tall Ships ferry schedule is available on-line at www.conanicutmarina.com.
Munger says parking will be available at the marina's Taylor Point yard with shuttle service, for a small fee, to East Ferry.
There are also a few seats still available aboard the Katherine to see the Tall Ships parade up close, Munger says.
Those folk who just want a sightseeing tour of Newport harbor can also ride the Southland, which will be docked at East Ferry during the Tall Ships festival, Munger noted.