A Visit to Fort Adams: Fun and Historic

Complimentary passes were provided for the Tour at Fort Adams for review purposes, opinions are mine.

On our recent staycation over in Newport Rhode Island we had the chance to experience so much of the culture and of course family friendly attractions… and boy are there a ton to choose from. On our last day there, we decided to visit Fort Adams and join the guided tour too. The tour promotes “history you can touch“, it’s a great way to experience some rich history while taking in the unique views available from inside and atop the fort.  The fort is located right in beautiful scenic Fort Adams State Park. I’d been to the park a handful of times while participating in various different walks but had never had the chance to take a step into the fort itself.

fortThe tour lasted approximately an hour and included about a 1 mile of walking including so definitely wear appropriate footwear! It is a very outdoors oriented tour, so dress warm if visiting outside of summer. The breeze from the surrounding ocean is mighty chilly. Self guided tours are available, but I would highly recommending opting for the guided. In such a short period of time we learned all about the reason that the fort was created, who and how it was built and how it was used.

Given the location, Fort Adams had originally been built to protect the open bay area and protect the harbour. It was finally built and it’s opening celebration took place on the 4th of July in 1799.  The fort was named after President John Adams. From what I understand, the fort was never actually needed to protect the shores of Rhode Island – which is good!

One of my favorite parts of the tour was getting to climb up atop a portion, the view is absolutely stunning and totally worth doing. One side of it overlooks a sailing school, which was quite a lovely site to see. I almost want to try that myself, but I am a little wimp when it comes to that!
sailingOne of my favorite images that I captured was that of the American Flag, we visited on such a gorgeous day with the perfect blue sky. The flag waves brilliantly with the ocean breeze.
flagFor many years after the fort was officially closed, it deteriorated quite a bit. We were told that many homeless people in fact lived within the warm comfort of it’s walls for many years.  One of the most interesting things we were told on the tour was that the people living within it actually removed wood and other scraps from the actual fort itself to build fires to keep warm. Due to all the damage, they are still slowly in the process of restoring much of the inside of the fort.  The photo above is taken of  the ceilings in one of the rooms that is still being restored. I am not sure what it is exactly, but it was gorgeous and caught my eye. Such beautiful detail.
decorThere are many cannons to see throughout the fort, this particular one is located right outside the fort. Perfect for snapping photos to remember the history and your visit.

Towards the end of the tour, we actually had the chance to follow a long dark tunnel by flashlight. I believe the tunnel is called a countermine gallery. It was originally created so that they could quietly shuffle down to the listening gallery to ensure that enemies could not enter the fort. My son really loved this adventure, it was his favorite part!

We really enjoyed the history and all of the wonderful sites with the Fort Adams Tour. I’d highly recommend visiting on your next trip to the Newport, Rhode Island Area.

Find out more information about the tours available at Fort Adams.

Have you ever been inside of a historic fort?


  1. I’ve never been to a historic fort before but it seems like a fun educational experience!

  2. I love fun historic tours like this. I have visited forts before, and have lived by a couple, too.

  3. This looks like a blast!

  4. I love historic attractions. I try to do several a year. This sounds like a great time.

  5. How fun! I want to check this out next time I’m in Rhode Island.

  6. this looks really cool- what a fun and active way to spend a day 🙂

  7. Just wanted to say thanks for the review. We are very glad you enjoyed your visit to Fort Adams and hope you come see us again. Next time you are here we’ll probably have our new zip line in. Also, if you come during the season, we will have some people on the parade field practicing military skills. Again, appreciate your visit and nice remarks.

    • Hi Rick,

      Thanks so much for stopping by! We had a great time! Oh I am so excited about the zip line, how cool is that? That will be so much fun! I will keep my eyes open for news of the opening 😉