We boarded a traditional ferry (there are hi-speed ferries, also) on a sunny morning at Point Judith (Narragansett) for a smooth 55 minutes to take us 13 miles off shore to the island. The ferries dock at the small "town" of Old Harbor which consists of a few restaurants, quaint victorian hotels and shops. It was lunchtime so we went to Ballard's which has an outdoor patio and very meaty lobster rolls. After eating, we hit up the first rental shop we came to to find our transportation to see the island. You can rent bicycles, mopeds or cars. Since there were three of us, it was most economical to rent a jeep. We rented a silver, open top jeep and headed out to explore.
Our first stop was the North Shore Lighthouse (which was closed). We took a short walk along the beach and took off to find the other "town" on the island, New Harbor. New Harbor is the main hub for the marinas for the island and also a few hotels It was a sailing regatta weekend so there was lots of activity at the marinas and several tents being set up for the after parties. Lots going on.
Our last stop before returning the jeep was the piece de resistance - Monhegan Cliffs. Said to resemble the cliffs of Ireland, these cliffs - with a lighthouse overlooking them - are one of the highlights of Block. There is a small parking area and many, many steps down to the beach. There were some brave surfers surfing, a few people lying about the beach and several rock cairns that beachgoers had built. Going down the steep staircase was easy. Going up - not so much.
We returned the jeep after using it for only two hours (we had paid for three but didn't really need more than two) and returned to Ballard's so my daughter could get one of their "drinks in a pineapple" at the Tiki Bar on the beach. Quite different from the lunchtime crowd, there was now a loud party going on at the outdoor bar and everyone was definitely having fun. We jumped back on the ferry for our ride back to the mainland. And that was our day on Block Island. If you are in Rhode Island, get a ferry ticket and head out for the day. If you want to spend a few days on a rolling hill, rock fence New England island then Block is your place. It's a beauty.
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