Why choose between a Providence or Newport vacation when you can have both? Thanks to the seasonal Seastreak high-speed ferry service, you can easily combine the seaside charms of Newport with the vibrant cultural and dining scene of Providence with a scenic, one-hour ferry ride across Narragansett Bay.
For 2017, the ferry is back on June 16 and will run to October 1 — as WhatsUpNewp notes, that’s an operating season 41 days longer than last year. Plus, Seastreak will run 4 daily roundtrips on weekdays and 5 on weekends, expanded from 3 and 4, respectively.
For $10, you can get traffic-busting transport between both downtowns (no car required) and a free scenic tour of the Bay — quite a deal! There’s even a shuttle from the Providence train station (serviced by Amtrak and MBTA) for New York and Boston visitors who want to leave their cars home for a Rhode Island city/seaside getaway. Check the Seastreak website for schedules and more information.