Sail Away on the Schooner Aurora

With towering red sails and a wooden hull stretching more than 100 feet, the schooner Aurora is an elegant and distinctive way to explore Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay beyond.

“It’s a really unique activity and a great way to get your out-of-town guests on the water,” describes spokeswoman Kristen West.

Modeled after the graceful ships of the 1700s, the Aurora was originally built in 1947 to transport herring before being remodeled into a 68-passenger excursion vessel. Today, it is owned and operated by Newport Experience, a hospitality company that manages several of Rhode Island’s top wedding and event venues. The ship is available for private parties and rehearsal dinners.

You don’t need a special event, however, to climb aboard the Aurora. Every Wednesday evening, the company offers a dockside lobster boil followed by a 90-minute sunset cruise.

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