The 200-foot SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, this country’s newest Tall Ship and one of only 75 Tall Ships in the world designated by Sail Training International as Class A, will be open for free tours at Fort Adams State Park on three occasions: Saturday, September 3(11 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Saturday, September 24 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.); and Sunday, September 25 (9 a.m. to 11 a.m.).

The largest privately-funded, actively sailing civilian Tall Ship in the U.S., Perry also is Rhode Island’s Official Sailing Education Vessel.

A full schedule and times for public touring opportunities in September and October appears below.

Fort Adams State Park
Saturday, September 3, 2016 (11 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (open 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
Sunday, September 25, 2016 (open 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.)

Fort Adams State Park, where SSV Oliver Hazard Perry is permanently berthed while not underway on voyages, is situated at the mouth of the Newport Harbor, offering an exceptional panoramic view of both Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay.

Newport International Boat Show
For boat show ticket holders only
Thursday – Sunday, September 15-18, 2016 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The Newport International Boat Show encompasses 13 acres of Newport waterfront and exhibits all types of sail and powerboats ranging from 16 feet to 100+ feet.

Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival
A small fee will be charged
SaturdaySunday, October 15-16, 2016 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The annual Bowen’s Wharf Seafood Festival is a free fall tradition on the Newport waterfront where vendors and restaurants offer their culinary takes on the bounty of the Ocean State. SSV Oliver Hazard Perry will be dockside and open for tours on all days for a small fee.

To learn more about SSV Oliver Hazard Perry and its programs, or to donate, go to or call +1 401-841-0080.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).