Maneuvering a moped requires only simple steering skills, passable balance, and the ability to ramp over sleeping hobos. Catch some air with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a full-day moped rental at Mansion Rentals in Newport (a $99 value).
The kind staff at Mansion Rentals matches pedestrians with mopeds so they may scoot around Newport's historic landscape, which is peppered with beaches, shops, and mansions. Before embarking on a daylong expedition, riders arrive at 8 a.m. to take their picks of motorized steeds and outfit themselves with the appropriate safety accoutrements, such as helmets and parachute pants. Riders can then feast their eyes on miles of shoreline while stopping at nearby restaurants to fill up on fresh seafood and shopping at local art galleries, boutiques, and sporting stores. Take in close-up views of mansions without attracting pesky restraining orders by cruising along streets lined with large, artfully constructed homes. Moped meanderers may freely zoom until 7 p.m., at which time they must return to Mansion Rentals to dock their street schooners.
Mansion Rentals sends riders cruising down the streets and sidewalks of historic Newport on pedaled and powered transport. Whether perched on bicycles—which can be rented for as long as a week—or mopeds, guests enjoy some traditional two-wheeled cruising as they follow the pavement's spoken directions to local beaches, art galleries, or ornate mansions. Couples can also take a spin in three-wheeled Scoot Coupes that come in bright hues of red, blue, yellow, or green. While one person handles the traditional moped steering bars, the other can supply the high-pitched "vroom vroom" sounds to keep dogs from giving chase.
480 Thames St.
Newport, Rhode Island 02840