Block Island is the East Coast summer destination that time forgot. It's just a hop, skip, and a jump from Montauk and Newport, but it feels worlds apart. If you are looking for a low-key day trip without all of the fuss of some of the tonier coastal retreats, look no further. Block Island is about as wholesome and easy-going as they come. The way summer should be!
1. Ride the Ferry
The journey is half the fun! Enjoy the beautiful ferry ride to Block Island. You can hitch a ride from the mainland, leaving from New London, CT, Newport, RI, or Montauk, NY.
2. Rent a Ride
Once you arrive, it's time to rent a set of wheels. Mopeds are an popular option, but an open-top Jeep is an easy alternative way to see the island. There are dozens of rental places once you disembark from the ferry.
3. See the Cliffs
This is an island known for the beautiful Mohegan Bluffs. The land falls dramatically into the sea, creating stunning scenery. A wooden staircase leads down to the beach for amazing views.
4. Go to the Beach
The island is ringed by public beaches. Fred Benson Town Beach, the main beach, has an old-fashion beach house with amenities such as token-operated showers and food (they'll even make you a classic root beer float!). The water warms up later in the season here, peaking in August and September, so consider this your last chance at summer!
5. Visit a Lighthouse
As a small island, Block Island has several pint-sized lighthouses for you to explore. Southeast Lighthouse is easily accessible from the road, while North Lighthouse requires a bit of a trek along the beach.
6. Shop in Town
New Shoreham is where the ferry lets out, and is the only real town on the island. Its picturesque streets are filled with interesting shops and eateries. It wouldn't be a New England summer without ice cream, and there are many options, though The Ice Cream Place is the oldest.
7. Drink on a Porch
Town is know for its grand historic hotels with their wrap-around porches overlooking the water. These porches, with their rocking chairs and dog-days-of-summer vibe, are the perfect place to finish your day with a cold drink in hand.