Block Island is right next to Rhode Island mainland and is said to be one of the most beautiful little islands in the area. Named after the Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, Block Island boasts old architecture, beautiful scenery and fresh air, making it a perfect spot for hiking, biking, sailing and fishing. During summer the beaches tend to be busy but overcrowded -- the island never sees the same crowds as Rhode Island mainland.
This island has one of the best 4th of July celebrations and so sees people travel from around the states to watch the fireworks and feel the holiday spirit.
There are so many great things to do in Block Island.
Visit the incredible Mohegan Bluffs for breathtaking views and the fresh sea air alongside the sandy beach. Mansion Beach is one of the most popular beaches for families to visit due to its large beach with shallow waters -- meaning it's safe for children to play in. Clayhead Nature Trail is a must-visit for families also who want to see cute sea lions sunbathing on the rocks and the shore. Elsewhere, the Greenway Walking Trails will take your breath away as you hike up and see the gorgeous rocky formations above the sea.
If you are traveling with children, check out the various animal farms at Black Island, where kids can meet and pet exotic animals, plus learn about their habitats. There are also a few wildlife reserves and refuges in Block Island, so if you love bird watching or are interested in reserves be sure to look these up.
For keen fishermen, there are plenty of fishing tours in Block Island, as well as boat rides to the deeper waters for the biggest fish. For more nautical things to do, Southeast Lighthouse is two-hundred-year-old lighthouse and a great spot to visit due to its history -- discover the secrets of its past from the volunteers and climb the steps to the top for the incredible view. For travelers looking for a little culture, there are plenty of amazing museums and art galleries in town.
After a busy day, Block Island boasts tons of vacation rentals, including gorgeous beach view house rentals or Main Street apartments for travelers to relax in.
Beach view areas are popular in Block Island, as well as the downtown area where you can find all the amenities you could need, including farmers markets, cafes, and restaurants. The beach areas tend to be booked quickly as the last few years has seen the development of lots of vacation rental real estate.
To wake up to the sounds of the ocean and the birds, choose a vacation rental which overlooks the ocean. Families, friends, large groups -- whatever your size, there's sure to be a vacation rental to suit in Block Island.
The best time to visit Block Island is summer, namely July, when the weather is warm and around 78 degrees. Fall and spring tend to get cold quickly and are also quite rainy. The winter is very cold, windy, and high rainfall also.