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More than a dozen yacht companies operate tours of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Outings usually run two hours and cost about $25 to $35 per person.
Classic Cruises of Newport. You have your choice of three different vessels at Classic Cruises of Newport. The 19th-century Madeleine is 72-foot schooner that cruises around the harbor. Built for two New Jersey mobsters to carry "hooch," the 1929 yacht RumRunner II evokes the days of smuggling along the coast. The Arabella, a three-masted staysail schooner, sails into secluded coves and harbors. Choose from a variety of tours, including gorgeous sunset sails. 24 Bannister's Wharf, Newport, RI, 02840. 401/847–0298. www.cruisenewport.com.
Newport Majestic Cruises. The 92-foot double-decker luxury yacht Majestic takes passengers out on Narragansett Bay to see lighthouses, the Newport Pell Bridge, and other landmarks. Brunch, lunch, and dinner cruises are available. Seal-watching tours are offered in winter. 2 Bowen's Ferry Landing, Newport, RI, 02840. 401/849–3575. www.newportmajestic.com.
Sightsailing of Newport. The 80-foot schooner Aquidneck and two sailboats depart from Bowen's Wharf for up to two-hour tours of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. Bowen's Wharf, America's Cup Ave., Newport, RI, 02840. 401/849–3333. www.sightsailing.com.
Old Colony & Newport Railway. The vintage diesel train and coaches follow a 10-mile route along Narragansett Bay and make 80-minute round-trips to Middletown on Sunday at 11:45 and 2. 19 America's Cup Ave., across from the Newport Visitor's Center, Newport, RI. 401/849–0546. www.ocnrr.com. $13.50 parlor car, $10 coach.
Viking Tours of Newport. Take a trolley tour of Newport daily from April through October and on Tuesday and Saturday November through March. 44 Long Wharf Mall, Newport, RI, 02840. 401/847–6921. www.vikingtoursnewport.com.
Newport Historical Society. Various walking tours are available from late March through early January. 127 Thames St., Newport, RI, 02840. 401/841–8770. www.newporthistorytours.org.
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