HELLO EVERYONE! Phil and I decided to take a small staycation to Block Island, Rhode Island this past weekend. I love going to Block Island for two reasons. The first is because of how close it is. We have a 45 minute drive to the ferry, then a 30 min boat ride to the island. The second reason I love going to Block is because you feel like you jumped on a plane and landed somewhere tropical (minus big palm trees everywhere). In fact my friend Kat that came with us kept saying how she felt like she was on vacation somewhere far away. Everyone runs on “island time” it’s such a relaxing place. Block Island is a perfect to visit for a day.
Block Island is a SMALL island. Half of it is either reserved land/ peoples homes or farm land. Not much action happening. Most people who come to the Island don’t stray past the long strip of shops, restaurants, and beaches. But if you ask me, it’s worth it to venture out and explore the island. Today I’m sharing my Block Island travel guide. What to see, do, and eat.
HOW TO GET THERE
There are two ways to get to Block Island:
- By plane – This is quite expensive and not necessary. But if you’re willing to shell out the cash the ride is gorgeous and only 10/15 min.
- Block Island Ferryboat – You can take a traditional ferry or a high speed ferry from 4 different locations. NARAGANSETT RI, NEW PORT RI, NEW LONDON CT, and FALL RIVER MA.
Prices for the ferry depend on what day you go. Typically it’s more expensive on Saturday and Sunday. Monday – Friday are the best time to go. Not only is it cheaper but it will be less crowded.
Be sure to check the schedules in advance and think about the time it takes to drive to your location, adding extra time to pay for parking and buying tickets for the ferry ( I may or may not have made us miss several ferries in the past due to not calculating driving time). We’ve taken a ferryboat from both the Naragansett and New London locations. Naragansett is our favorite because of how short the time on the boat is. I recommend taking the first ferry out and the last ferry in for maximum time on the island.
WHAT TO DO
So you’ve made it to Block Island… now what? The best way to explore the island is by moped. There are a ton of rental shops with in minutes of harbor. We’ve tried a few different places but our favorite place so far is The old harbor bike shop. The staff were so easy going and kind, probably one of the best experiences we’ve had so far with a rental shop. We rented a moped for 2 hours and got a third one free.
If you’ve never ridden a moped before or aren’t very comfortable riding around on one, don’t worry! You can also rent a bike or take a taxi around the island too! What ever you decide to do make sure you allow your self enough time to be able to stop and explore different stops (minimum 3 hour rental for mopeds, and a day pass for the bike will do).
If you really don’t care to be adventurous and ride around the Island (which I highly recommend, it’s beautiful and completely worth it) then there’s plenty to do in town. Shopping, snacking, bar hopping, and of course the beach!
WHERE TO GO
- BLOCK ISLAND SOUTH EAST LIGHT HOUSE (FREE) – This is a gorgeous spot to stop and see the Island. It’s a favorite stop for many. You can tour the light house (go all the way to the top $10), see the wind farms, and take a stroll on the lawn.
- MOHEGAN BLUFFS (FREE) – 150 ft high clay cliffs that sit on the south shore of the island. It’s quite a hike to get down to the beach, but the view is totally worth it.
- NORTH SHORE LIGHT HOUSE (FREE) – This one is at the complete opposite end of the island. A rocky beach inhabited by hundreds of seagulls. If you have the time walk down the beach around the point for breath taking views.
- 1661 FARM (FREE) – Camels, kangaroos, lemurs and so much more! This farm is like no other. Get up close and personal with all sorts of animals.
WHAT TO EAT
LUNCH -Usually we are on our mopeds and don’t like to stop and sit down long for lunch. We discovered food trucks around the north side of the island. They have tasty options. Phil got some fish tacos and he loved it!
DINNER – When it comes to dinner, sitting down and relaxing is what we’re all about. We love the beach head (located on the south shore) and The Oar (located on the north shore). They have sea food, steaks, and more. What we love most is the relaxing island atmosphere they have and the fact that it’s not over crowded. If you choose to head up to The Oar be sure to sit out side and play some corn hole.
That’s it for this weeks post! For more Block Island photos click HERE. Be sure to head on over to INSTAGRAM and follow me on all my adventures. Come back next week to see my Block Island packing essentials. Let me know in the comments below your favorite staycation spot!