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15 Exciting Things to Do on Block Island, RI

Ishaan Govardhan Sep 9, 2019
There's more to Block Island than what meets the eye. And what meets the eye is great natural splendor and postcard-like beauty. It makes for an underrated island getaway in the Outer Lands archipelago, just off Rhode Island.

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This tiny gem of an island was named after intrepid Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. Over the years, these white beaches have steadily drawn summer tourists, looking for a carefree "daycation". Block Island's popularity peaks every 4th of July.

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Ride the Block Island Ferry from the mainland to get to the island. Not only is it one of the most breathtaking ferry rides you'll ever take, but you might also catch a glimpse of wild dolphins cavorting in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Once you set foot on the island, head for its south side, toward these imposing 150 ft clay cliffs: the beautiful Mohegan Bluffs. This dramatic natural feature is where the battle between the Niantic and Mohegan tribes took place, in the 16th century.
For a different vantage point on the Mohegan Bluffs, head down to the southern shoreline. Just descend this iconic stairway that leads down to Corn Cove.

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Any summer getaway would be incomplete without a day at the beaches, and a trip to Block Island is no different. Spend an afternoon clamming at Andy's Way or stroll the length of the pristine Baby Beach.

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For a quick adrenaline rush, head over to Black Rock Point, where you can surf the thrilling Atlantic wave breaks. Befriend local surfers to get invaluable surfing tips.
Back by the Mohegan Bluffs, this peculiar lighthouse will catch your eye. The historic Block Island Southeast Light has been lighting the way for ships since 1875, and it's a good place to watch the sunrise.
Next, swing by the picturesque Block Island North Light. It has a mini-museum within its granite walls and as you can tell, it's every photographer's dream.

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As you tour this island, always keep an eye on the coast for the laziest residents of Block Island: wild seals sunbathing on the rocks.

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Go further inland for a peaceful nature walk through the lush Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. It's a good place lose yourself among nature, while spotting migratory songbirds and rare birds like the Piping Plover.

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Explore the island's wilderness on horseback, if walking is not quite your speed. Join a guided horseback tour that goes around the Block, or just set off on your own!

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Another way to go about exploring Block Island is by biking on its network of back roads that wind their way through the wilderness to reach the coast.

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Charter a boat and sail out on the Atlantic for a day of sport fishing. See if you can hook some huge tuna or mahi-mahi. Block Island has some of the least crowded fishing spots in all of New England.
For a satisfyingly heavy seafood lunch, try the variety of lobster dishes, including delicious lobster rolls at Block Island's restaurants and food trucks.

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You can rent a canoe and set off on open water. Feel the ocean breeze in your hair as you paddle your way into the embrace of the vast Atlantic Ocean.

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To cap off a perfect day at the beach, take to the skies by paragliding or parasailing over the coastline. Besides the adrenaline rush, you'll be blessed with unbeatable views of Block Island!