Looking into visiting the East Coast for your next vacation? Look no further than Block Island, Rhode Island. We may be small, but there is certainly no shortage of activities to experience on the island! Looking for some tips? Keep reading our quick Block Island travel guide!
Your Block Island Travel Guide
About 12 miles off of Rhode Island’s southern coast, Block Island is the smallest state’s answer to nearby bigger and ritzier Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. With 17 miles of beaches that—unlike many of those on its Massachusetts sister islands—are open to everyone, it has been a vacation destination since the 19th century. Despite the number of summer visitors and thanks to the efforts of local conservationists, the island’s beauty remains intact (more than 43% of the land is preserved); its 365 freshwater ponds support thousands of species of birds that migrate seasonally along the Atlantic Flyway.
The original inhabitants of the island were Native Americans who called it Manisses, or “isle of the little god.” Following a 1614 visit by Dutch explorer Adrian Block, the island was given the name Adrian’s Eyelant, and later Block Island. In 1661 it was settled by farmers and fishermen from Massachusetts Bay Colony, who established its second official name, the Town of New Shoreham, when it became part of Rhode Island in 1672.
Block Island RI, with 950 year-round residents, is a laid-back community. You can dine at any of the island’s establishments in shorts and a T-shirt. The busiest season, when the population explodes to about 15,000, is between May and Columbus Day—at other times most restaurants, inns, stores, and visitor services close down. If you plan to stay overnight in summer, make reservations well in advance (try one of our many vacation rentals!); for weekends in July and August, March is not too early.
Block Island is a gem sometimes left out. However, this island can offer so much to you and your family during your stay. It’s not hard to get a place to stay, how to get to the island, and there’s plenty to do on the island. Planning your trip won’t be too hard and with this guide you’ll be able to plan the perfect vacation for you and your family!
Planning Your Perfect Block Island Trip
First, you need to book where you will be staying while on your vacation. We offer many lovely Block Island rentals that range in size and are sure to be enough for your family. One of our accommodations is the Leone house. It’s a bed and breakfast with plenty of room and extra amenities. Cleaning, linens, and garbage removal are provided with our accommodations so you have one less thing to worry about on your vacation. With a large deck on back, a large yard, and a private pond there’s a lot to view. The Bellevue house is one of our largest bed and breakfasts with plenty to offer you. The house is on the very top of High Street and is perfect for romantic getaways or family reunions. You can also take a short walk and access a beach. All of our homes are perfectly located on the Island, and each offers a one of a kind experience. The ocean views combined with the luxury of an island getaway come with each home. So, whether you’re traveling with the family or with your significant other, one of our homes will fit your style, preference, and your budget1
A short ferry ride is all it takes to get to Block Island RI. You can drive up into Rhode Island and park in a lot until you come back from your vacation. The ferry will take you over to Block Island and from there, everything is within walking distance. Your car can even come to Block Island with you on the ferry if you need it. It’s not hard to get to the island once you travel up to Rhode Island. While on Block Island your experiences can vary. There are beach walks, nature trails, boating, and you can even go parasailing! If you’re looking for something new and fun to do then this could be something good for you. The BEST part about renting with us? We have a ton of special packages jam packed with activities. That way, if you’re not sure what you want to do, we can plan it for you!
In the end, no matter what you decide to do on your Rhode Island vacation, you are sure to find something you like whether it’s just relaxing on the beach or going on new adventures.
Block Island RI is one of the best vacation destinations because no matter the season, there’s always fun to be had. Whether you visit us in the warm days of summer or the chilly nights of fall, we have endless activities to offer.
What to expect from Block Island Vacations
Of course summer is the ideal time for a vacation. You and the kids have time to get away from everyday life, which is why Block Island has a ton of popular activities such as:
- 4th of July annual celebration
- August triathlon
- Blues on the Beach concerts
- Art and music festivals
Since fall is considered to be vacation down time, you’ll be able to experience more fun at less cost. Fall is a beautiful season on Block Island, where you can participate in things like:
- September’s 15k Run Around the Block
- The Motoring Event
- Soapbox Derby
- Glass Floats Treasure Hunt
Although it’s cold and the weather may not be to your liking, the winter has its own offerings on Block Island, including:
- Christmas Shopping Stroll over Thanksgiving weekend
- The Polar Plunge on New Year’s day
- The Groundhog Day census
Much like fall, spring is a quieter time, but no less exciting! There are plenty of perks to taking a Block Island vacation during this season:
- A Taste of Block Island weekends
- The Shad Bloom Race
- Food festivals
Not to mention the unplanned adventures you’ll get into during your stay with our Block Island rentals!