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1 Lincoln Drive
Newport, RI 02840
Fort Adams Description
Kids get to be human moles at this historic nineteenth century fort, exploring the maze of underground tunnels where soldiers used to stand guard. Tunnels are dark (you'll need a flashlight—supplied by the tour) but it's cool to walk the halls that long ago served as a means to catch enemies before they could dig their way in (for the record, such an event never occurred). The hour tour also includes a climb up the parapet stairs (they're steep!), where you'll discover the reason for the Fort's location—commanding views of the harbor as far as the eye can see.
Toddlers & Pre-K: The mansions are too restricted for them, and the Cliff Walk is too steep. But this is an activity (with history, no less) that is age appropriate and that they'll enjoy.
- Romper room. Fort Adams isn't just a military structure, it's a state park where you can swim, boat, sunbathe, or just watch the boats go by.
- Make it a day. One nice way to enjoy the fort is to grab lunch at one of the restaurants at Bowen's Wharf, hop a water taxi to the fort, and take the trolley or the taxi back to town.
- Set sail. On site, Sail Newport offers sailboats and kayaks for rent to the public. Call ahead (401-749-8385) or take your chances and walk-in.
- Special events. Reenactments (like a Revolutionary War encampment) are usually held in September. A free Family Day every June has petting zoos and entertainment.
- Sturdy shoes. The stairs are steep, and there's about a mile worth of outdoor walking. Leave beach shoes behind and opt for sneakers.
Just the Facts
Hours: Daily, sunrise to sunset.
Recommended Time: Half day