Block Island

Rhode Island
A Natural Paradise

Ten thousand years ago, glaciers on the East Coast formed a landmass south of Rhode Island. Narragansett Indians called it “Manisses Island,” or “Island of the Little God.”  Now named one of 12 “Last Great Places in the Western Hemisphere’ by The Nature Conservancy, Block Island is entirely unique in its geography and balance of native species.

With only 900 year-round inhabitants, Block Island is a haven of conservation. A third of the island is protected land, safeguarding the island’s rare and delicate ecosystem, including the 150 foot Mohegan Bluffs, which tower over the island’s most beautiful beach. Meanwhile, the Block Island Historical Society preserves the island’s history through architectural renovations on lighthouses that were erected during the Revolutionary War.

Block Island contains 365 freshwater bonds and 17 miles of free and public beaches. Hike or bike the Greenway trails, which stretch for more than 30 miles over hills and meadows. Observe the eclectic wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife that inhabit Block Island, such as camels, llamas, sheep, and emus. Other outdoor recreational options include horseback riding, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, kayaking, and sailing.

Despite the wealth of natural beauty at your fingertips, don’t forget to hit the town for additional man-made marvels. Window shop or find the perfect gift at one of the fifty stores and specialty shops, and admire the works of local artists featured in a multitude of art galleries. Play tennis or basketball, go charter fishing, or relax on any of Block Island’s pristine beaches.

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Crescent Beach
Running the length of the island’s east coast, Crescent Beach contains the diverse assortment of Surf Beach, Fred Benson State Beach, Scotch Beach, and Mansion Beach. Closest to town is State Beach, which contains a snack bar, lifeguards, public restrooms with showers, and beach gear for rent.
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Abrams' Animal Farm
A favorite destination for families with children. Feed goats and emus and visit llamas, sheep, donkeys, swans, ducks, and camels.
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Historical Society Museum
Housed under an antique mansard roof is a collection of vintage photos, furniture, quilts, navigation artifacts, and Native-American relics. Open every day of the week from mid-June to early September, from 11:00 am- 4:00 pm. admission for adults is $6. Free admission for children 12 and under.
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Tours
There are many ways to experience Block Island. By land, take a Taxi Tour, with knowledgeable drivers who narrate the history of significant landmarks. By air, enjoy an aerial view of the island from a helicopter. By sea, explore by self-guided kayak or paddleboard tour, or join a group tour boat to the Offshore Wind Farm.
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The Atlantic Inn
359 High St, New Shoreham, RI 02807
800-224-7422
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1661 Inn Restaurant
5 Spring St, New Shoreham, RI 02807
401-466-2421
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Kimberly’s
238 Ocean Ave, New Shoreham, RI 02807
401-466-8600
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Winfield's Restaurant
Corn Neck Road, New Shoreham, RI 02807
401-466-5856
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Eli’s
456 Chapel St., New Shoreham, RI 02807
401-466-5230
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Marsh Mucking with The Nature Conservancy
June-August
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Block Island Farmers’ Market
June-October
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Nearest Airport
Block Island State Airport (BID)
Coordinates
41.1617, -71.5843
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