Newport, Rhode Island’s Fort Adams is a former U.S. Army post turned park that hosts both the Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival. More than that, it is a National Historic Landmark and the Fort Adams’ Bay Walk is known for its panoramic views and eye-popping sunsets.
Fort Adams has been standing guard at the entrance to Narragansett Bay, in one form or another, since the late 1700’s. It became a state park in 1965 and a National Historic Landmark in 1976. While it is probably most famous for hosting both Newport Jazz Festival and the Newport Folk Festival, it easily stands as an attraction of its own and is well worth a day’s visit.
Guided tours of Fort Adams will fully immerse you in the fort’s storied history. You’ll scale the heights for breathtaking views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay, then explore the underground listening tunnels dug deep beneath the fort’s thick walls. You’ll visit Officer’s Quarters, to learn how the men and their families lived here, as well as explore gun emplacements, training yards, an more.
You’ll learn about more than 180 years of history on the hour long guided tour of the fort. Military life, architecture, engineering, and plans for further restoration will all be revealed. After the tour, be sure to visit the fort gift shop for books, posters, clothing, and more.
More than just a historic military emplacement, Fort Adams State Park is also home to the Fort Adams’ Bay Walk. Fort Adams’ Bay Walk offers some of the best sunset views available in Newport.
A stroll down the west side of the Bay Walk takes you along the East Passage of the Narragansett Bay. From here, you can see Clingstone: the House On The Rock, Castle Hill Lighthouse, Beavertail Lighthouse, and Rose Island Lighthouse. Yachts, cruise ships, and other boats people the view. Time it right and you’ll be rewarded with unobstructed views of the sunset over Conanicut Island.
The east side of the Bay Walk is no less eye-catching, with its views of Newport harbor, Newport’s downtown waterfront, and Brenton Cove. The New York Yacht Club mansion’s green and white awning is easy to spot and the Ida Lewis Yacht Club stands out on its rocky outcropping. Goat Island, too.
Getting to Fort Adams is a snap, as it is located at the north end of the peninsula that is Fort Adams State Park. There is plenty of free parking and the park is open sunrise to sunset. Historic Fort Adams is open daily from 10am to 4pm, mid-May to October. Don’t miss it!
Historic Fort Adams
90 Fort Adams Drive, Fort Adams State Park, Newport, RI 02840
Maps of Fort Adams’ Bay Walk can be gotten online or at Fort Adams State Park
For more information and directions: www.fortadams.org
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