Fort Adams#5 in Best Things To Do in Newport, RI
Overlooking Brenton Cove in Newport's Fort Adams State Park, this historic military compound was once used to defend Newport's harbor from potential enemies. Once it was gifted to the state of Rhode Island in 1965, the fortress reopened as a historic landmark. Today, visitors can wander the fort's halls and underground tunnels while taking in views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay.
According to recent travelers, Fort Adams is a must-see attraction for families and history buffs. To gain access into the fort, you'll need to go on one of Fort Adams' guided tours. Though a small fee applies, most visitors say tour prices are reasonable. The tours also offer tons of interesting insight into the history of the fort.
Fort Adams is located about 4 miles southwest of downtown Newport. Public transportation does not service the area, however, travelers can reach the fort by car, taxi or boat. A free parking lot is available on-site, as well as picnic areas, restrooms and a gift shop. To explore the fort, visitors will need to purchase a ticket for a guided tour, which costs $12 for adults and $6 for children ages 6 to 17. A family ticket for two adults and up to four children is offered for $30. Hourly tours are offered daily between mid-May and October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A select number of offseason tours are also scheduled in November and December (weather permitting). All tours include exploring the property's former officer quarters, lookout point and underground tunnels. For more information about Fort Adams, check out the attraction's website.
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#1 Cliff Walk
This scenic 3.5-mile walkway hugs the edge of Newport's shoreline and snakes by the backyards of many of the town's most glamorous mansions. Many visitors start at Easton's Beach or The Breakers mansion and head south to Bailey's Beach. Along the way, you'll catch a glimpse of other famous homes like the Marble House and Rough Point.
Though the views are gorgeous, the terrain can get treacherous on the trail's southern end. However, past visitors noted that if you can finish the trail, you'll be rewarded with some of the Newport's best views.
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