Weekend Getaways

Take a Day Trip to Block Island

Take a Day Trip to Block Island

If you are on the East Coast, consider a day trip to Block Island. Part of the state of Rhode Island, Block Island sits in the Atlantic Ocean. Ferries to the island leave from three locations. The main ferry port is Point Judith in Narragansett, RI, but you can also get there from New London, CT or Montauk, LI. The ferry ride in itself is a part of the vacation, and you can take the traditional ferry for an enjoyable ride on the water. If you want to get to your destination quickly, consider taking the hi-speed ferry.

Bike on Rent

Once you arrive on Block Island, renting a bike is a must. A bike is the best way to travel around the island. You can also bring your own, but there are bike rentals just off the ferry as well. Bike up to one of the two lighthouses on the island, North, and Southeast. It can be quite a hike, as it goes uphill, but you will feel great when you get to the top, energized and ready to take in the beautiful view. There are 28 miles of walking trails to take you around the island. There are also roads. There are no traffic lights on Block Island, but pedestrian travel is such a way of life there that you won’t have to compete with the cars.

Beaches

You can spend an entire day on the beach, sunbathing, building sand castles, or taking a dip in the ocean. There are plenty of watersports to take part in, such as kayaking or paddle boarding or you can take a boat out on the water. There is plenty of wildlife on the island to see. Take Clay Head Nature Trail to The Maze for birdwatching opportunities. The Mohegan Bluffs offers one of the best views on the island. You can spot seals on Coast Guard Beach.

Places to Eat

There are many great places to eat. Payne’s Doughnuts is a great place to stop on your bike trip for a snack, while Froozies Juice Bar and Cafe is a must for a refreshing drink. If you feel like extending your stay, there are a few inns on the island, or for a longer stay, you can rent a residence.

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