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Winterfest is fast approaching!

Newport Winter Festival, running February 12th – 22nd, means there is lots to do, see, and shop here on Bowen’s Wharf. Our annual Bowen’s Wharf Sale Days feature ten full days of Wharf-wide sales during the Newport Winter Festival, along with in-store events and restaurant promotions for family fun. If you start your journey at our Pilot House you’ll be sure to get all the info for the entire event, receive 15% off our books and stainless steel sport bottles, and pick up your Winter Fest bracelets that give you access to even more exciting deals!

Some of the specials and events happening here as part of the Winter Fest activities include: 

– Bird’s Eye View Helicopters, Middletown – take $10 off any private helicopter tours or receive a free Inflight Video (401.843.8687) n

– Save the Bay Seal Watch Tours, Long Wharf – 10% off your tour with the Winter Fest bracelet (401.203.7325) n

22 Bowen’s Wine Bar & Grille, Bowen’s Wharf – Free cup of chowder with your purchase of lunch or dinner entree with the Winter Fest bracelet (401.841.8884) n

The Cookie Jar, Bowen’s Wharf – $2 off every dozen cookies with the Winter Fest bracelet (401.846.5078) n

Diego’s, Bowen’s Wharf – Receive a free small plate appetizer with your purchase of an entree with the Winter Fest bracelet. Limit 1 per guest (401.619.2640) n

The Wharf Pub, Bowen’s Wharf – Complimentary choice of local seafood chowder or house made dessert with your purchase of entree with the Winter Fest bracelet (401.619.5672) n

Destination: Chocolate, Bowen’s Wharf – Make your own marshmallow snowman for $5 Feb 15th to the 21st, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM (401.847.1223)

Another reason to stop in at our Pilot House is to discover Newport’s history! We sell tickets for:

– Lantern Tour of Colonial Newport (Friday February 19 at 4:30pm) Feel transported through time to the heyday of this thriving colonial metropolis on a lantern-lit stroll. n

– Creative Survival: 18th & 19th Century African Community in Newport (ask) Discover the early history of Newport’s people of color, enslaved and free. This tour looks at the places where slaves lived and labored, along with locations where free blacks built their enterprises and supported a new local industry. It concludes in the country’s oldest intact African-American graveyard, “God’s Little Acre.”

– Discover Colonial Newport ( Thursday, February 18; Sunday February 21 at 11am) Hear stories of revolution and ruin, struggles for religious liberty and remarkable entrepreneurship among Newport’s diverse people. n

– History Detective: A Family Tour (Monday February 15 at 11am) Discover Newport’s colonial history, its religious and racial diversity, its role in the American Revolution, and its remarkable architecture on a kid-friendly tour. Each family will complete a special History Detective workbook, recording observations from clues.

– Road to Independence  (Tuesday February 16 and Friday February 19 at 11am) Riots and rebellion, enemies and allies! Learn about Newport’s role in the American Revolution. n

– Rogues and Scoundrels (Wednesday February 17 and Saturday February 20 at 11am) See where scoundrels lived, pirates profited and criminals were punished. Find out why this colony was known as “Rogue’s Isl and.”


All tours depart weather permitting from the Brick Market: Museum & Shop at 127 Thames Street, Newport, RI and cost $15 a person, $12 with a Newport Winter Festival button/bracelet, $10 with bracelet for repeat tour guests and $10 for Newport Historical Society members. Space is limited so make sure to stop by the Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House soon and grab all you need to make your families Winter Festival experience a huge success!

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