Accessible only by ferry, plane, or boat, Block Island is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of Rhode Island. Block Island is the perfect spot to unwind and relax while enjoying the backdrop of a quaint town. Bike around the island, play in the water, and enjoy a hike around the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. Choose a Block Island vacation rental situated in one of the cozy communities, or enjoy a more secluded property for a little peace and quiet. Shopping, dining out, and touring the island are just a few things to do. Here’s a quick look at the top 15 activities on Block Island.
1. Enjoy the Sunshine at Fred Benson Town Beach With a Swimsuit From Salty Dog
Pack your beach blanket and sunscreen, and pick up a new swimsuit from the Salty Dog, for a day of fun and sun on the Fred Benson Town Beach. This beach offers ample parking and bike racks to store your cycle. There isn’t a lifeguard on duty so keep a close eye on little ones. Wander up the beach to find shells, build sandcastles, and splash in the surf.
2. Go Shopping in Old Harbor at the Photo Dog Art Gallery
Close to the water and part of the downtown area, Old Harbor offers a quaint selection of eclectic shops to pick up a Block Island sweatshirt or find that one-of-a-kind souvenir to take home. Photo Dog Art Gallery offers a selection of artwork created by local artists. When your feet get tired, stop at one of the coffee shops for a recharge and a snack.
3. Go Fishing With Block Island Fishworks
Be able to say: “I caught one this big,” with a day of fishing with Block Island Fishworks. This charter tour company takes you out on the water and settles you into the best locations for fishing. They offer trips as short as three hours and as long as six. If fishing isn’t your thing, they can also schedule a sunset cruise for your party.
4. Visit Abram’s Animal Farm
Take the little ones and animal lovers in your family for a visit to Abram’s Animal Farm. Here, you can get up close and personal with your favorite barn animals, and it’s close enough to the downtown area that you can walk. You also find camels, emus, and a few other exotic favorites to feed during your visit.
5. Rent a Bike from Island Bike and Moped
Whatever style of bike you’re looking for, Island Bike and Moped has you covered. This rental place offers kid’s bikes, tandem bikes, and a variety of others. You can rent for an afternoon to pedal around the island or for an entire week to use it for transportation from one fun-filled attraction to another.
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6. Rent a Surfboard From DiamondBlue Surf Shop
Spend an afternoon surfing with a rental from DiamondBlue Surf Shop. This friendly shop provides you with first-rate equipment and offers some great tips for the best spots to hit the waves on the island. If you’re not interested in surfing, rent a paddle board. Rent for an hour, half a day, or a full day.
7. Eat Pancakes at Bethany’s Airport Diner
Start the day off right with a breakfast of champions at the Bethany’s Airport Diner. You can get pancakes filled with confetti, chocolate chips, or fresh fruit. While you enjoy your meal, watch the planes taking off and landing at the airport.
8. Learn at the Block Island Maritime Institute
Learn more about the critters that live under the sea and the ocean environment at Block Island Maritime Institute. Check the schedule for the list of events and programs for families, children, and adults. Some of these programs include tours of the salt marshes and others teach nautical knots.
9. Leave Your Mark on Painted Rock With Paint From Block Island Trading Company
At the intersection of Lakeside Drive and Mohegan Trail, find the large rock known as Painted Rock, where you can add your own handiwork with paint from Block Island Trading Company. Bring your favorite colors. If you’re not artistic, simply observe the artwork of locals and visitors who’ve added their own flair.
10. See a Movie at The Empire Theatre
You and your family can feel as if you’ve stepped back in time by taking in a movie at the old-fashioned movie house, The Empire Theatre. Built in the early 1900s, this attraction only has a single screen and shows one movie at one time per day, but it’s always a first-run film. Grab popcorn and take a seat in the most unique theater you’ve ever watched a movie in.
11. Go Horseback Riding at Rustic Rides Farm
Take a horseback ride along the west side of Block Island with Rustic Rides Farm. This stable offers a variety of rides to meet your skill level, and the staff helps you select the right horse for your ride. Take a sunset ride along the beach to create memories of a lifetime. Kids can take a pony ride around the farmyard under supervision.
12. Find Fresh Veggies at the Block Island Farmers Market
Every Wednesday and Saturday during the high season, the Block Island Farmers Market sets up stalls filled with fresh produce and locally-made arts and crafts. Pick up local honey and baked goods to create a scrumptious dinner back at your vacation rental. It’s located at Negus Park and open to the public.
13. Cool off With a Cone at The Ice Cream Place
When the summer heat begins to wear you down, stop by The Ice Cream Place to cool off and get a nifty little sugar buzz. This local hot spot offers fun flavors, such as ginger and almond joy. Splurge with a sundae, or opt for one of the shops baked goods, including cookies and other goodies.
14. See for Miles With Block Island Parasail and Water Sports
Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of some amazing vistas when you book an adventure with Block Island Parasail and Water Sports. Float above the island underneath a parasail as a boat pulls you forward. If you prefer your thrills a little closer to the ground, take a ride on their banana boat.
15. Spend an Evening at the Yellow Kittens
The Yellow Kittens began its long and illicit history as a speakeasy during Prohibition. Although you can get a beer legally these days, it still feels a little naughty. During the summer season, they offer live entertainment on the weekends.
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