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Block Island Activities

Block Island is a vacation paradise just twelve miles off the coast of Southern Rhode Island. Close to the mainland, but a world away from everyday life!

With 17 miles of sandy beaches, ideal fishing waters, 28 miles of nature trails, a unique animal farm, biking, tennis, bird watching, horseback riding, swimming, snorkeling, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, parasailing, jet skiing and shell fishing, Block Island offers romantic getaways or family fun in a most picturesque environment.  With all these activities to choose from, don't forget to borrow one of our beach chairs and a towel and relax on one of many wonderful Block Island beaches. This is what life is all about!

After a day enjoying surf and sand, dine at one of our many restaurants, take in a movie at the cinema or dance the night away at one of our nightclubs. Monday night is Disco night at Capt'n Nicks and Thursday night is Martini night at the Spring House.

Summer special events on Block Island include Race Week in June, Arts and Craft fairs, concerts, book fairs, the Mary D Fundraiser and our traditional Fourth of July Parade.

Block Island Lighthouse


Block Island has two lighthouses one on the northern tip of the island, called North Light and the Southeast Lighthouse on Spring Street. The Southeast Lighthouse is a massive brick structure overlooking Mohegan Bluffs. The lighthouse was moved 245 feet back from the bluffs in the early nineties. It contains a small museum and gift shop where daily tours are offered. The North Light went into service in 1868, is constructed of granite, has been renovated and reopened to the public.

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Block Island Water Sports

Water Sports

With 17 miles of beach, two scenic harbors, the Atlantic Ocean and 365 freshwater ponds, Block Island is perfect for any type of water sports. Kayaking is available just one block from the Barrington Inn.

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Block Island Beaches


Block Island is famous for the 17 miles of public sandy beaches that surround this beautiful island. There are beaches on every side of the island, ranging from sand dunes to remote rocky beaches. Spend the day relaxing in your beach chair enjoying a gentle ocean breeze, build a sand castle with the kids, or boogie boarding in the ocean surf.

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Block Island Bird Watching

Bird Watching

Every spring and fall, Block Island, Rhode Island is host to a variety of migratory bird species passing through. Block Island's coastline habitat is home to many species including peregrine falcons, red tailed hawks, American woodcocks, shore birds, wading birds and songbirds.

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Block Island Champlin's Marina

Champlin's Marina

While on Block Island, be sure to visit Champlin's Marina, located in New Harbor to the west of the Block Island boat basin. The marina is the largest marina in Great Salt Pond, with a 30 foot harbor depth. Enjoy the famous mudslide at Trader Vic's and view the beautiful harbor.

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Block Island Manisses Animal Farm

Manisses Animal Farm

Take the kids to Abrams Animal Farm and petting zoo to experience an array of exotic animals up close. Watch them gaze in awe at camels, llamas, sheep, goats and emus. Even adults will see animals that they have never seen before!

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Block Island Special Events

Block Island 4th of July Parade

4th of July Parade

Toddlers proudly wave American flags as they watch in fascination as bands march past, followed by brilliantly decorated floats. Young children scramble for handfuls of candy thrown from passing clowns and other vibrantly dressed marchers. It's the annual Block Island 4th of July parade! The Barrington Inn guests get a front row spot on the lawn, we supply the beach chairs.

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Block Island Block Island Music Festival

Block Island Music Festival

Bring your friends and join us on Block Island for our annual Block Island Music Festival! Held every year in June, this free concert features 48 musically diverse bands from the Northeast and as far away as California, playing over six days.

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Block Island Race Week

Race Week

This event features competitive sailboat races around the island throughout the week. Block Island Race Week is an East Coast tradition that attracts professional racers from all over the world.

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