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Things to Do on Block Island

Flip flops, beach bags, surfboards and stunning sunsets on the ocean's horizon. Once you make the trip to Block Island, we have a feeling you may never want to leave! Our beachfront hotel is an ideal home base after a day spent exploring all of the amazing things to do on Block Island. Whether you're looking to shop, grab dinner and drinks, learn about the island’s culture and history, or just spend a day under the sun, opportunities to get out and explore abound.

1. Search for Glass Orbs

Hundreds of glass orbs have been hidden around Block Island, along the beaches and the Greenway Trails, near historic landmarks, and some, right in plain sight, and there is really only one rule–if you find an orb, it’s yours to keep! This is truly a fun and unique way to explore the island. 

2. Explore the Island on Two Wheels

For those looking to explore a bit more of the island, Island Moped offers both bike and scooter rentals. We suggest grabbing some lunch from our service counter, Coffee & Cocktails, and hitting the road towards Mansion Beach for a laidback, oceanfront picnic lunch. 

3. Soak in the Sights of the Mohegan Bluffs

Located on the Southern shore of the island, the views from the top of the Mohegan Bluffs (reaching over 200 feet tall!) are breathtaking and rugged. A short trek of just over 100 stairs will bring you down to Corn Cover where you’ll be rewarded with a slightly different vantage point but spectacular views all the same.

4. Visit the Lighthouses

No trip to Block Island is complete without a visit to the island’s lighthouses. Starting out at the Northern tip of the island, the North Lighthouse sits right on Sandy Point and houses a small museum–the perfect place to snag a souvenir. On the opposite end of the island sits the Southeast Lighthouse. With a distinct gothic structure, it was considered to be one of the nation’s grandest lighthouses when it was first constructed in the late 1800s. Like the North Lighthouse, it also has a museum and gift shop and it’s highly suggested that you take a tour of the tower during your visit. 

Fun fact: It used to be located so close to the edge of the Mohegan Bluffs that it had to be moved back about 200 feet so that it wouldn’t fall over the bluff and into the ocean. 

5. Become One with Nature

Although Block Island is only three miles wide and seven miles long, with over 25 miles of hiking trails, there is no shortage of opportunity to get out and explore nature. Head to the Nature Conservancy to grab a map for the Greenway Trails, a collection of walking and hiking trails that will have you passing through some of the island’s most remarkable locations from Clay Head Preserve to Rodman’s Hollow. From rolling hills to ocean views, basins and meadows, there’s a trail to suit the needs and desires of everyone. 

6. Hit the Beach

From surfing to lounging to long walks and building sand castles, Block Island’s 17 miles of sandy beaches have something for everyone and we have to admit, a beach day tops the list when it comes to our favorite things to do on Block Island! Crescent and Mansion Beach may be the island’s most well-known, both offering soft sand and calmer water. 

  • Looking for the ultimate beach experience? Fred Benson Town Beach and Ballard’s Beach are the way to go. Both are staffed by lifeguards during the summer months, offer facilities, food, and provide ample room for beach games. 
  • Looking for a calmer, more relaxed vibe? Baby Beach or Andy’s Way are your spots.
  • Hoping to dive deep or hit the waves? Surf Beach is your best bet when it comes to snorkeling. Board in hand? Head to Black Rock for the best surf.

7. Shop 'Til You Drop

A bulk of Block Island’s shops and boutiques are located on Water and Dodge Street, just steps away from our hotel’s front door. Looking for that perfect souvenir to remind you of your time on Block Island? Block Island Trading Company or Beachcomber will likely fit the bill. In need of some new beach attire? Head to Star Department Store or Diamondblue Surf Shop. Check out a full list of the island’s shops here.

8. Block Island Art Galleries

Stroll from gallery to gallery, viewing pieces from local artists. With all types of artwork being represented, everything from contemporary to classic to multimedia, each of these galleries offers up a unique experience and you can easily spend an afternoon strolling through each:

9. Island Tour and History

The Block Island Historical Society offers the opportunity to explore the history of Block Island through seasonally rotating exhibits. They also host a handful of events throughout the year and offer walking tours of Old Harbor.

10. Catch a Film

From a roller skating rink to a theatrical playhouse, Block Island’s Empire Theatre has quite the history. Today, the theater stands as one of the few classics in the country and offers the perfect rainy day or casual evening activity. Don’t forget to grab some popcorn!