City Life

Skip the Bridge, Take the Boat

The Providence-to-Newport Ferry is back for an extended season of bridge traffic-free day trips

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One of the runaway (or should we say sailaway?) successes of last summer was the Providence-to-Newport Ferry, which gave locals and visitors the best of the state’s two favorite destinations without any of the pesky traffic or tolls that bookend a trip to the city by the sea. After 2016’s successful run, it would be crazy for the ferry not to come back to India Point Park, and the announcement of lane closures on the Pell Bridge just in time for summer makes it all the more appealing. Trips between the two cities resume on June 16 and this season will extend operations until October 1, presumably so you can watch the leaves and the seaweed change color. It’s a short cruise (an hour each way) but we’re calling it a cruise nonetheless.