Today’s side deal lets ordinary folk experience the seedy gangster lifestyle without the hassle of going home to get one's shinebox: for $7, you get a ticket to the Newport Gangster Tour (a $15 value), which departs from East Fifth Street near The Syndicate. Up to four Groupons may be purchased; they are valid through Saturday, September 18.
Participants of the Newport Gangster Tour can glean intriguing historical knowledge about Newport’s sullied past while learning about gamblers, Tommy-gun wielders, and ladies of the night. Knowledgeable and entertaining tour guides lead groups while illuminating Newport’s crime-ridden history; its connection to some of the nation’s most notorious criminals, brothels, and speakeasies; and why bank robbers dressed up for heists as if they were going to church. Each 90-minute tour traverses eight blocks of mostly flat terrain and ensures a fun time for families, including the kind that are actually related to each other.
Two weekly tours are available at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays, allowing crime historians and gangster aficionados to attend whichever doesn’t interfere with their concrete-shoe fitting. Call to make your reservation at least 24 hours in advance.
- Costumed guides lead this lively 90-minute, eight-block walking tour where famed gamblers made their millions and mobsters lost their lives. It’s an offer you can’t refuse. – Cincinnati
- It’s a new company that gives locals and tourists a chance to dive into history for $15 a head. The original gangster tour was a weekend fundraiser for Gels, a Lloyd Memorial High School biology teacher who was trying pay for his students to take a service trip to Central America. When 1,200 people showed up for the eight-block tour of Newport’s former casino properties, Gels and other tour organizers decided to build a business. – Dan Monk, Business Courier
- …the fellas running the Newport Gangsters Gamblers and Girls Tour are getting the story out about the city’s colorful history and they do it with a passion and energy that only make it more interesting. – Dave Rolfes, UrbanCincy
- You don't have to be an insider to get a kick out of looking back at Newport's checkered past. A walk with these wiseguys will make you feel like you were part of it. – Tanya Bricking Leach, Knoxnews.com
Newport is Haunted Tour
The sounds of country music and stomping boots emanate from Bobby Mackey's Music World most nights. But if you're unlucky, it's rumored you might hear something else—perhaps cries of "Get out!" or even "My head! My head!"
To learn why, just consult the cloak-clad guides of the Newport is Haunted Tour and follow their lanterns along Newport's shadowy streets. Over the course of 90–120 minutes, they'll share sinister tales of unsettling phenomena ranging from murders and suicides to a pothole that lies in wait for unsuspecting drivers.