Fort Adams State Park is a Rhode Island state park located at the mouth of Newport Harbor, offering panoramic views of the harbor and Narragansett Bay.[3] The park is home to Fort Adams, a large coastal fortification that was active from 1841 through the first half of the 20th century.

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Built between 1824 and 1857, Fort Adams crowns a rise at the end of the peninsula that juts northward into Newport Harbor. Like many American coastal fortresses, it's had a short, practical life as a deterrent followed by a long life as a tourist attraction. Admission includes an hour-long guided tour. Check the website for details of special themed tours.

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