Things to Do & See

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There are many fun things to do on Block Island, almost all of them outdoors. The island is at its best when the sun is shining and vacationers can enjoy the spectacular beaches. There is something for everyone. Biking, hiking, kayaking, and recently the stand up paddle board has become a favorite summer activity. There are many sights to see on this historic island, so whether you like to explore on your own or hook up with an organized tour or activity, the choice is yours.


  • The Southeast Lighthouse located on the southeast end of the island near the Mohegan Bluffs, this historic landmark is open to the public. It is also a popular spot for wedding ceremonies.
  • The Mohegan Bluffs This is a must see. Past the southeast lighthouse is the entrance. There are stairs that go down to the beach - it's quite the hike back up! Unbelievable vistas of the sprawling atlantic ocean await.
  • Rodman's Hollow This a great hiking spot. There are several Greenway Trails that weave in and out of the hollow.
  • Abram's Animal Farm Open to the public, this little farm is just past the Manisses Hotel.
  • The North Lighthouse At the very tip of the island, about a 25 minute walk from the parking area, tours are available in this historic building.
  • The Historical Society Open daily during the summer and weekends during the shoulder season. A short walk through town brings the visitor to this center of BI history.
  • Island Cemetery At the corner of West Side Road and Center, roam through the maze of island grave sites while enjoying a spectacular views to the north and east.

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More Outdoor Fun

  • Beaches We can't say enough about our beaches, they are 360 degrees of amazing.
  • The Labyrinth An interesting experience. It's all what you make of the opportunity to walk in meditation. The views are fabulous from this point along the north end of the island.
  • Island Free Library The library is always a busy place. There many programs for kids and quiet areas for getting some studying done.
  • The Ocean View Pavilion This eco-tourist site is tucked up behind the post office building and overlooks all of town to the north and Ballard's Beach to the east.
  • Marinas Whether by boat or on foot, visiting the marinas is a good time.
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  • The Greenway Trails These trails weave throughout the entire island. Have fun finding and hiking them.
  • Parks & Playgrounds Join the island kids as they frequent their playgrounds too.

Recreation & Outdoor Activities

  • Ball O'Brien Park Located on West Side Road just past the cemetery, this park is popular with the locals. Swing set, jungle gym, skate park and tennis court.
  • Charter Fishing Block Island waters provide some of the best fishing on the eastern seaboard. Anglers of all abilities can have great luck surfcasting or taking a charter trip.
  • Sailing Many opportunities abound for taking a sail around the island. From Block Island's Race Week in June to Block Island Maritime Institute to chartering a boat, it's always a good time.
  • Parasailing Located at Old Harbor, sailing high above the island sports one of the best views and provides a rush to the thrill seeker.
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    More Things to Do Outdoors

  • Bumper & Paddle Boats Rent a paddle boat at Champlin's Marina fun for the whole family.
  • Biking Grab a bike at one of the many rental places. It's one of the best ways to experience the island.
  • Mopeds Rent a moped and zip around the island finding your own things to do.
  • Kayaking Kayak rentals in New Harbor. Take a tour or rent one and guide yourself around the great salt pond.
  • Paddle Boarding Grab a board and try it out or take a tour, this is an easy introduction to surfing and among the many fun things to do in the ocean.
  • Clamming Licenses available at town hall. Whether you have a rake or you use your hands, gathering clams for dinner is very rewarding.
  • Skate Boarding At the Ball O'Brien park on West Side Road.
  • Hunting The fall and winter months provide some good deer, duck and pheasant hunting.
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  • Yoga & Pilates At Elevation Studio at New Harbor. They also have a cafe.

Don't Forget all the other fun things to do such as Shopping, at boutiques and shops, Block Island's two Movie Theatre's, and Video Arcades, Block Island's Restaurants and Cafes, home made Ice Cream & Candy the Farmer's Market pampering Spa services and Block Island's Night Life & Entertainment

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