Like smashing a snow globe against your forehead, tours can open up a fascinating new world right before your eyes. Go beyond the surface with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $20 for a 90-minute Olde Town Ghost Walk tour for two (up to a $40 value)
- $38 for the above tour for four (up to an $80 value)
Lantern-bearing guides lead groups on an 8- to 10-block walk through Newport's historic colonial district, home to some of the nation's oldest buildings. Along the way, guides unveil places of reported ghost sightings—from spectral ships to a local tavern still frequented by an early 18th-century guest—and narrate the tales behind them. Guests are encouraged to bring their cameras. Tours depart nightly at 8 p.m. Thursday through Monday from the lobby of Fathoms restaurant, located within the Newport Marriott.
Ghost Tours of Newport
No one knows exactly where he came from—perhaps a sailor taking shore leave, or maybe a wayfarer exploring the colonies—but locals think they know what he's waiting for. In the 1720s, two travelers checked into The White Horse Tavern—still functioning today since 1673. One murdered the other, fleeing into the night, never to be heard from again. Ever since, visitors have seen the ghost of the slain traveler, saying that he appears to be waiting the day for his companion returns and he may take his revenge.
This is just one of the tales shared by the guides of Ghost Tours of Newport. Cloaked in flowing black dresses, billowy capes, and top hats, they lead each tour by lantern light through Newport's historic colonial district, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the United States with buildings dating back to the late 1600s. Leading guests down easily overlooked alleyways still defaced by H.P. Lovecraft's tagging phase, the guides arrive at haunted locations, such as a wrought-iron-gated colonial cemetery neighboring a church constructed in 1726. The stories behind some sightings and locations even intersect with historical figures, such as George Washington and Lizzy Borden. Guides encourage picture taking and receive submissions each week of possible spectral figures caught during a tour, which they post to Ghost Tours of Newport's Facebook albums. These images range from the impression of faces in windows to orbs, believed to represent a spirit with a fondness for bowling.