A Step by Step Guide to Block Island

Located 12 miles off of Rhode Island's coast, Block Island is home to 950 year-round residents. The island is filled with 7 miles of picture-perfect beaches and 365 freshwater ponds supporting the island's wildlife (1). Although not as well known as the cape’s islands, Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island has been a tourist destination for many travelers in the summer months. Block Island's town center spans across the whole west side of the island, filled with quaint local shops and eateries. Although purchasing property on the island is expensive due to limited space, the island has a strict policy about not allowing chain stores and restaurants onto the island to support their locals. The laid back island is known as a destination where you can be served without shoes or a shirt. Simply a place to relax. As someone who has grown up on the island every summer I have put together a list of the best places to visit while vacationing on Block Island: 

Farmers Market

The Block Island Farmers Market is held rain or shine on both Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9 am-11:30 am. Venders are located either on the lawn of the Spring House (Spring St) or at Legion Park (West Side Rd). Tables include freshly grown vegetables or carefully crafted cutting boards and pottery. The Block Island Farmers Market is a great way to interact and support the locals who live on the small island. 

Mohegan Bluffs 

Take a day trip down the 141 steps of the Mohegan Bluffs, to enjoy one of Block Island's most famous beaches. The Mohegan bluffs are large clay cliffs standing at 150 feet high, located just on the southern side of the island. The 141 steps are just half the journey for you will find they only span halfway down the cliffs, and the rest you’ll have to inch your way down carefully, it’s all apart of the adventure! 

North Lighthouse

Take a hike to Block Island’s most northern point, to visit the 1867 historic lighthouse. Best done at sunset, the walk to Northern Light, you’ll be able to see Block Islands Great Salt Pond on your left and miles of open ocean on your left. The incredible breathtaking walk to the tip of Block Island is also the best place to have a clear view of the stars. 

The Oar

This family-friendly seafood restaurant and bar got its name from the thousands of donated painted oars hanging from its ceiling. Located on the Great Salt Pond, the Oar has been a restaurant serving both boaters and residents of the island. Their large facilities include a wraparound porch allowing a view of the marina. Although you will most likely have to wait for a table if you don’t have a reservation, the Oar offers cornhole on its lawn, in which many enjoy a drink from the bar and enjoy some friendly competition.