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A collection of exotic and domestic animals is maintained by Justin Abrams, owner of the 1661 Inn & Hotel Manisses.
A working yarn mill, retail store and fiber center. Tour the mill and see specialty yarns being made from exotics like alpaca, yak, camel, bamboo, silk and merino.
The Block Island Conservancy was established in 1972 to “maintain habitat for birds and animals, to protect the view of hills rolling to the sea, to provide walking trails and quiet recreation to islanders and visitors.”
Interesting exhibit of artifacts from the farming and fishing period to the rise of tourism in the Victorian era. Featured exhibit “Block Island Idyll: Memories of Manisses.”
This grand redbrick beacon, a National Historic Landmark with gingerbread detail, nearly fell into the sea. The exterior of the lighthouse was recently renovated. Work continues inside, where there is a small museum.
This granite beauty at the northernmost tip of Block Island was built in 1867 and sits amidst the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. The 3/4-mile beach hike from the parking lot is well worth the effort.
Block Island’s graveyard features interesting headstones dating back to the late 1600s and wonderful views to the east and north.
A collection of Block Island artifacts from the farming and fishing period to the rise of tourism in the Victorian era.
From the top of the 150-foot cliffs along Mohegan Trail you can see Montauk Point, at the tip of Long Island, NY. At Payne Overlook, a few hundred yards west of the Southeast Lighthouse, stairs with more than 150 steps descend to the beach below.
This unique ravine is a fine example of what’s called a glacial outwash basin (a remnant from the last ice age).
Local market on Wednesdays & Saturdays. Expect to find fresh produce, arts and crafts, and other island-made offerings.
Frequent live music at Ballard's restaurant is one draw for beachgoers. It is also an excellent setup for a deep-water swim. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer.
Fred Benson Town Beach is owned and operated by the town and staffed with lifeguards. Public restrooms, changing areas, hot showers ($2 per token). No admission fee.
West Beach presents a truly different experience. The beach here is lightly trafficked, has calm surf and offers perhaps the island’s best beach walk.
Vail Beach in summer can be either rocky or deep in fine sand, depending on changes wrought by winter storms.
Scotch Beach is at the center of the larger Crescent Beach, which comprises the island’s eastern beachfront stretching from town to Jerry’s Point.
BI's grandest beach. The island’s biggest home once sat here like a jewel high above the beach and nearby Jerry’s Point.
Well-sheltered beachfront at the south end of Crescent Beach. Here, kids can play in shallow waters, catch small crabs, find mussels, wrestle with seaweed, maybe even find a sand dollar.
Small and generally uncrowded black-sand beach, with nice sunset views of Long Island. The waters are usually calm and access is easy. Excellent beach for swimming and snorkeling, and for picnics!
Ssandy, peaceful beach that is popular with fishermen. The beach is quite large, and the waters are tranquil.
Named after a large, dark rock hidden under 10 feet of water. While certainly not the best place for lying on the beach, sandy stretches can be found. Stunning scenery.
A labyrinth of small stones, with a beautiful view of the North Light and Sachem Pond. The labyrinth is a single winding path that leads to the center point and back out.
At the northern end of Block Island you’ll find this granite marker that lists the names of the island’s original English settlers.
This iconic Block Island lady was put in place in 1896 by the local Women’s Christian Temperance Movement. B.I.’s “Rebecca” stands proudly at the intersection of four Old Harbor roads.