Our Top 10 Things to do on Block Island

Google Map of Block IslandDid you know that there is a little island (9.734 sq mi) 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island?!  Well, there is, Block Island!  It is a quick ferry boat ride away!  How many locals do you think go out there?!  Maybe for vacation or even a day?!  Probably not as many as you would think.  Kind of along the idea that it is there & you know it is there but you don’t go & visit because so many other things fill up your days when you are at home.  Next time you have a free day, weekend or just a couple days…take a trip to Block Island!  Local Rhode Islander or tourist, there is plenty to enjoy on this little piece of paradise off the Rhode Island coast!  We went out for a week this Summer & rented a house with friends, we went the week of 4th of July!  We had a great time on Block Island & so can you!

For the price of a ferry ride you can be on Block Island in 30 minutes aboard the Fast Ferry or 55 minutes aboard the Traditional (car) Ferry.  Ferries leave from Pt. Judith, Newport, RI & Fall River, MA.  Prices range from $23.65 roundtrip for adults to $96 Full Size SUV roundtrip, kids under 5 are free & kids 5-11 are $12.70  roundtrip.

Now you are on Block Island….  What to do, what to do?!  Here our Top 10…where we ate, what we did  & what we saw while we were there!

  1. Spring House is a hotel & restaurant with a slopping lawn & beautiful view of the ocean & Old Harbor.  We ate here twice, both times for lunch.  All the food we tried was superb!  I loved the shrimp tacos, my husband loved the lobster roll & the girls enjoyed fish & chips & linguine & clams!  If you go, you’ve got to try the Peanut Butter Banana Mudslide….so AWESOME!  There on adirondack chairs set up on the lawn, we sat & had a drink while the kids played on the lawn…perfect for some adult time while the kids are playing!
  2. Beachead is a restaurant near Fred Benson Town Beach (formerly known as the State Beach), on Corn Neck Rd.  We went here 3 times for lunch!  Seriously, that good!  We would head to the beach, then stop at Beachead for lunch before putting the girls down for nap!  The seafood nachos were our favorite nachos ever!  Nacho chips with crab, shrimp & scallops piled on top with a special sauce & a little seaweed salad!  Even the girls loved the nachos, Ava tried scallops for the 1st time & loves to eat them now!  The mudslides are also really good!  Notice a pattern here…?! ;)
  3. Payne’s Donuts located on Payne’s Dock & has THE BEST donuts!  The donuts are called Killer Donuts & that they are!  The donuts come in 3 flavors: plain, sugar or cinnamon sugar.  These donuts are KILLER!  I think one reason is the donuts are served warm, which would make anything taste better!  The coffee is really good too!  This was a to go breakfast twice while we were on Block Island!
  4. Bethany’s Airport Diner is a restaurant located in the airport!  This was the kids favorite breakfast spot!  We got to enjoy a wonderful breakfast while watching the planes land & take off!  Food & entertainment in one!
  5. Aldo’s Bakery was our ice cream spot!  Aldo’s has fresh baked goods, homemade ice cream & a breakfast buffet!
  6. Fred Benson Beach, also known as the State Beach is where we went!  There were bathrooms & a snack bar along with rentals for chairs, umbrellas & boogie boards!  This beach is 1 of 2 that have on duty lifeguards too, the other beach with lifeguards is Ballards.
  7. North Lighthouse, which was built in 1867, can be found at Sandy Point on the northern tip of Block Island.  We took a walk along the beach to check out the lighthouse & surrounding dunes.  We also walked to the beach & saw a cool wood hut someone had built, the kids had fun playing in & around it!  Would be fun to pack a lunch to go along with the walk, collect seashells & drift wood, there is no swimming at this beach due to the rip tide.
  8. Southeast Lighthouse & Mohegan Bluffs are very close to where the house we rented was located.  The lighthouse was built in 1875 & is still in use to this day, although it was moved 300 feet back from the bluffs in 1993 due to cliff erosion.  There is a steep stairway comprised of over 100 stairs down the Mohegan Bluffs to the beach below.  The cliffs measure about 150 feet tall in some places!  Because our house was near by we walked down a hiking trail to get to the beach below instead of the stairs.
  9. Justin’s Farm is a petting zoo with exotic & domestic animals for the kids to see & feed!  It is located between Spring Street & High Street.
  10. Shopping, shopping & more shopping!  There are all kinds of shops to fit whatever purchases you want/need to make!  Beach shops selling any & all beach items along with sweatshirts & other clothes screen printed with “Block Island”!  There are hat shops, art galleries, jewelry stores, house decor shops,  clothing stores, shoe stores, sunglass shops & small artisan shops!  Plus Farmers Markets & a grocery store!

This is certainly not a complete list of everything to do, see or eat on Block Island…it is just our small piece of it!  One attraction I wanted to try, but wasn’t able to do was Stand Up Paddle boarding {SUP} because of my fractured ankle.  This will be on the list for next time!  But if you want to try SUP, check out Ocean Adventures for lessons, rentals & tours or Elevation Studio for SUP yoga!

Block Island 2014


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      You’re welcome John! Thanks for reading!! We had a great time during our vacation & are thinking of heading out in Sept or Oct for a weekend minus the kids! ;)