More Meeting and Event Sites Are Being Added at Newport, Rhode Island's Historic Fort Adams - North America's Largest Waterfront Castle

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The National Historic Landmark Fort Adams is Newport, Rhode Island's adventure learning destination. It is also an excellent waterfront site for truly unique events & meetings, and new capacity is being added to this one-of-a-kind facility.

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Every event held at the Fort gets the best view in town.

Fort Adams is a National Historic Landmark and unique waterfront site for events and meetings. Given its impressive size, architecture and views, individuals and organizations looking to create one-of-a-kind events often consider Fort Adams as an option. It's location in Newport means there's lots to do all day/all night.

New for 2014 are two new event sites within the amazing fortress. The West Lawn, located outside the walls of the fortress, offers 180 degree water views, from the entrance of Narragansett Bay to the Newport Bridge. Harbor Lights Lawn is a smaller event space with views of Newport Harbor and several mansions. Existing event spaces have been upgraded to provide more amenities.

Rick Nagele, Executive Director of the Fort Adams Trust notes, "We have been renting the parade field, our 6 1/2 acre lawn located inside the walls of the Fortress, for many years. You can use our casemates, the architecturally unique rooms within the walls of the fort for your event, or erect a tent. Previously our problem was a lack of really great water views. That problem is being solved as we speak with a new water view deck on the roof."

Director of Special Events Laurie Labrecque adds, "We have been providing the north lawn outside the walls for events for several years. Your view of the Bay, the City and Newport Bridge is just fantastic. Adding the new sites and deck inside means every event held at the Fort gets the 'best view in town.' It also means we can accommodate more and larger groups during a relatively short season."

Newport, often considered the sailing capital of the United States, is truly New England's second global city. Labrecque points out that, "Trip Advisor lists more than 200 restaurants in the greater Newport area. Many are only a few minutes from the Fort. We have more museums and historic sites nearby than almost any other City in the United States. From colonial homes to the mansions of the 'Gilded Age,' Newport has got a lot to offer. Not to mention three beaches within a few miles - and a dozen, some of the best in the country, located within 45 minutes."

And, according to Labrecque, "With four sites to rent, groups ranging in size from 20 to the hundreds can be accommodated at Fort Adams. And even when multiple groups are on site, we're so darn big that most people never notice. Each site has its own access and parking."

Nagele continued, “Fort Adams is the largest, most sophisticated coastal fortress in North America. It's a castle. It is very significant in that it is one of the places where America learned how to build complex military systems. We were the NASA or applied research lab of our day.”

In addition to events, Fort Adams offers traditional guided and self guided tours of the National Historic Landmarks in the Park. Visitors can interact with re-enactors, learn firsthand how the fortress was built, experience what it would have been like to attack the fort from land or sea, and how the defenders lived. In addition, the Fort is installing a team-building center with competitive and leadership activities.

About the Fort Adams Trust

The Fort Adams Trust is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit responsible for preservation, programming, and promoting the National Historic Landmarks in Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Over 100,000 people tour the Fort and attend events in the Park annually.

For more information about holding events at Fort Adams, contact Laurie Labrecque at 401.619.5801.

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