Family Activities

  • Mon, Jul 30
    Head over to The Narragansett Inn on Sunday, August 5 from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the 2018 ConserFest festival. The day will include outdoor yoga, music, a silent art auction and games for all ages. Headlining the day will be the Rowan Brothers, who have been making their mark on the folk and...
  • Mon, Jul 30
    “All walking is discovery. On foot we take the time to see things whole.” – Hal Borland “Let’s take a walk”, or, “I’m going for a walk”: these two oft-said phrases are not about a mode of transportation, or about getting from point A to point B. Usually, taking a walk is not about the destination...
  • Mon, Jul 30
    It is no secret that Block Island offers a slower pace of life — there are no stoplights anywhere on the island and its untouched beaches and spectacular sunsets are a perfect respite from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. Stepping off the ferry you are instantly submerged into the Old Harbor...
  • Mon, Jul 30
    Come August, the Block Island inshore waters are graced by the presence of off shore visitors in the form of little tuna, the Atlantic bonito and the false albacore. The false albacore is also known as ‘little tunny’, and ‘albies’, is the most populous tuna in the Atlantic. They are considered a...
  • Mon, Jul 30
    Block Island Triathlon The Block Island Triathlon is on Saturday, August 4 at 9 a.m. This event is popular with both seasoned racers and beginners. The race starts with a quarter- mile open water swim off of beautiful crescent beach. After the swim racers hop on their bikes for a 12-mile ride...
  • Mon, Jul 30
    The Salt Pond offers paddling options for all ages and abilities. Do a little research and you are certain to have a fantastic experience. Here are some insider tips and advice for paddling on the Great Salt Pond. Want peace and quiet? Kayak in the early morning or evening. New this season Pond and...
  • Wed, Jun 27
    Swim because you can. Swim because you know how. Swim because your mother said it could save your life someday. She’s right, you know. Swim for your glutes. Your back. Your heart. Swim to start off a great day. Swim to shake off a bad one. Swim for your school. For your city. To turn disability...
  • Tue, Jun 5
    Fresh seafood and Rhode Island go hand-in-hand. From locally-caught fish to succulent shellfish, seafood lovers can satisfy all of their cravings right here on the island. Whether you catch it and cook it yourself, or buy at a local fish market or straight off a fishing or lobster boat, there are...
  • Tue, Aug 8
    1. Abram’s Animal Farm: Abram’s Animal Farm is a must see for kids on Block Island. The farm is home to a variety of species including camels, emus, and llamas. 2. Aldo’s: Aldo’s is right in the heart of town and sells hardpack ice cream and soft serve ice cream. In addition to ice cream, Aldo’s...
  • Wed, Jun 28
    The sign normally goes up on Friday, but the anticipation for the Tuesday night Bingo held at the Fire Barn has been building for much longer. The event is held four times throughout the summer with the first dates being July 11 and July 25. The line to buy boards begins at 6:30 p.m., with Bingo...
  • Wed, Jun 28
    Consider making a donation this year to the Double Ender Committee to help fund the ongoing parades and fireworks year after year. They would not happen without these donations! Make checks out to “Double Ender Committee” and mail to PO Box 808, Block Island, RI 02807. In the event of rain on July...
  • Fri, May 26
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    “It’s such a beautiful place — unspoiled — and this project captures that.” That’s what glass blowing artisan Eben Horton said about Block Island and its relationship to his Glass Float Project. The project involves Horton’s production of hundreds of glass floats, or sphere-shaped ornaments,...
  • Fri, May 26
    Founded in 1965, Block Island Race Week (BIRW) is considered by many to be America’s original destination regatta. Racing on Block Island Sound in late June often brings ideal conditions for these sailboats and continues to be the ideal venue for this highly competitive and social regatta. This...
  • Fri, May 26
    Calling all foodies! Block Island Restaurant Week takes place from June 10 to 16 this year and lots of restaurants on the island offer great specials, oyster tastings, wine tastings, beer tastings and other fun food events. The Block Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Block Island Restaurant...
  • Fri, Apr 7
    In my opinion, the hardest part of any fitness class is walking through the door for the first time. It is fear of the unknown – what if I cannot do the class; what if the instructor is not friendly; what if the other members laugh at me? Well, at least those were the thoughts that went through my...
  • Fri, Sep 2
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    It wouldn’t be Labor Day on Block Island without the annual Lions Club Clambake.  This is the 20th year of the event — so invite your friends and family to join and mark your calendars for Saturday, September 1 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  It all takes place on the grounds of the charming and historic...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    There are plenty of reasons to put your phone away on Block Island. With plenty to see and do, the island is a welcome escape from technology. But what is summer if you can’t remember it in the depths of February when the days are short and the temperature is low. Here are five of our favorite...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    “If you like ice cream, you’ll love gelato,” the sign reads at Mia’s Gelateria on Water Street. The shop is familiar, but the name is new. Mia Doyon has taken over ownership of the shop and is proud to have her name on it. For the past eight summers, Doyon, 19, worked in the shop when it was known...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    Every Wednesday and Saturday, the Block Island Farmers’ Market gives the community a chance to peruse and shop some of the island’s most unique offerings. The routine of the tradition and the relationships it kindles is why I enjoy it. To me a tradition is something I can return to again and again...
  • Sun, Jul 31
    Everyone is invited to celebrate Block Island’s treasure, the Great Salt Pond, on August 13 with over 11 events, from 11 island organizations, showcasing its variety and importance. You can catch aquatic wildlife in the pond with The Nature Conservancy, or walk the marshes with the Ocean View...
  • Wed, Jul 27
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    Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Nature Conservancy’s office on Block Island. Chris Littlefield is hosting one-time walks at different locations to highlight the island’s unique natural heritage and conservation history. Call (401)466-2129 for more specific location details. Co-sponsored...
  • Wed, Jul 27
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    Come experience the topography of the agricultural fields that almost completely covered Block Island from the late 1600’s to the early 20th century. Meet at the corner of West Side Road and Old Mill Road. Co-sponsored by Block Island Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy.
  • Wed, Jul 27
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    A salt marsh adventure for kids and their parents. Meet at Andy’s Way, off Corn Neck Road. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.) Co-sponsored by Block Island Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy.
  • Wed, Jul 27
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    Kids and their parents explore the beach to the North Light. Meet at Settler’s Rock, at the end of Corn Neck Road. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.) Co-sponsored by Block Island Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy
  • Wed, Jul 27
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    Everyone loves a clean beach. Come for a stroll and lend a hand! Different locations each week. Co-sponsored by Block Island Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy 7/27......Settler’s Rock 8/3........Mansion Beach 8/10......Scotch Beach 8/17......Town Beach 8/24......West Beach
  • Wed, Jul 27
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    Kids and their parents locate all sorts of species special to Block Island. Meet at the Rodman’s Hollow parking lot on Cooneymus Road. (Parents must attend.) Co-sponsored by Block Island Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy
  • Tue, Jul 26
    A jaunt with beautiful views and wonderful wildlife. Meet at the parking lot for Clay Head Trail, half-mile off Corn Neck Road, down the dirt road across from the yellow house. Co-sponsored by Block Island Conservancy and The Nature Conservancy.
  • Tue, Jul 26
    A salt marsh scavenger hunt for kids and their parents. Meet at Andy’s Way, off Corn Neck Road. (Kids need to wear water shoes and parents must attend.)
  • Tue, Jul 26
    Join the Nature Conservancy for an exploration at Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve that is fun and educational. Meet at the parking lot for Hodge on Corn Neck Road (3 miles from town on the left).
  • Sun, Jul 3
    For vendors, the Farmer's Market begins long before the 9 a.m. bell rings. Up with the sun, we have to pack our cars full of goods and head down to the market an hour ahead of time, even if we were up late the night before finishing last touches.  Once there, cars back carefully into the vendors...
  • Sat, Jul 2
    July Fishing is Awesome! Last July, Block Island had a very strong month of fishing. If you were anywhere near the docks in Old Harbor, you couldn't miss all the giant striped bass being brought in by charter boats. This year should be no different. All of our fishy friends are already here in...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    There’s much to celebrate this summer at the Block Island Historical Society. Plans for the fourth phase of renovations to the museum building are being readied for a summer fundraising campaign. Visitors are welcome into the gallery and onto the porch, both of which have been newly restored. The...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    This year, The Nature Conservancy is celebrating its 25th anniversary since opening a field office on Block Island. In 1991, the Conservancy, an international conservation organization, identified Block Island as a “Last Great Place” for its abundance of rare and endangered plants and animals, as...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    July: 2 Block Island Club Open House. 4 p.m. 3 Fireworks Picnic at B.I. Maritime Institute. Tickets $35 Adults/$15 Kids ( www.cgspblockisland.org ) 3 Pre-fireworks live music at the Fred Benson Beach Pavilion. 7 - 9 p.m. 3 Fireworks at Crescent Beach at dusk (around 9 p.m.) 4 July 4th Parade. Theme...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    Whether you are here for the day, a week or the whole summer, try to do at least one of these things — you'll be glad you did! 1. Swim at Sunrise Plan to be up before the sun, that alarm clock may come in handy — even on vacation. No need to make a fuss about what to wear, just throw on a bathing...
  • Fri, Jul 1
    My life so far has been twists and turns. Working in financial services for 20 years, I now find myself back at my roots, my true nature as a geologist turned environmental activist. A fortuitous turn happened two summers ago when Chris Littlefield agreed to take me on as a volunteer at The Nature...
  • Wed, Jun 1
    Here are 25 natural wonders (in no specific order) to see in on Block Island in the Fall. How many have you seen? 1) North Blazing Star – Block Island is the only place this state-endangered species is found in Rhode Island. This purple wildflower is best seen at Turnip Farm. 2) Hodge Family...
  • Wed, Jun 1
    Whether you live on Block Island or are planning a visit, some “can’t miss” dates for your calendar are June 12 through June 17. Beginning with the 1st Annual “Bite of Block Island” food show on June 12, combined with Restaurant Week running from June 12 to June 17, you’ll find plenty for everyone...
  • Mon, Mar 28
    The sign normally goes up on Friday, but the anticipation for the Tuesday night Bingo held at the Fire Barn has been building for much longer. The event is held four times throughout the summer with the remaining two nights on August 4 and August 18. The line to buy boards begins at 6:30 p.m., with...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    Do you have a special event coming up? Whether you’re planning to host a family reunion, office retreat, summer party for friends, wedding, fundraiser or just needing a vacation from the kitchen, why not hire a local caterer? From a small, simple, affordable buffet to a seated, gold-plated dinner...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    July is a very busy fishing month on Block Island! By now, all of the most common species we see have arrived in numbers. Whether you’re fishing from shore or by boat, Block Island has plenty to offer in July. In order to predict how the month will look, it’s good to look at last year around this...
  • Tue, Jun 30
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    Something you might not expect to see when you visit Block Island is a pair of Bactrian camels, a pair of kangaroos, a Zedonk or a troop of Lemurs. Exotic animals on Block Island? Yes, there sure are — and you can find them at Abrams Farm. Justin Abrams and family, owners of the Hotel Manisses and...
  • Tue, Jun 30
    Surfing is a sport enjoyed by people in all walks off life at all times of the year in a variety of conditions. If you’ve had the fortunate experience of catching a wave, you’ll understand the true meaning of being at one with nature. “Surfing is the source,” said 15-year old Block Islander Gavin...
  • Tue, Jun 9
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    1. THE NORTH LIGHT is the fourth lighthouse built on Sandy Point. The first, finished in 1829, was washed away in a few years. A second light began operation in 1837, but was not visible to ships due to the shifting sands. The government built a third light near the end of the Point in 1857 and...
  • 25th Anniversary
    Wed, Nov 26
    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the annual Holiday Shopping Stroll, a three-day event that will have some 30 stores and art galleries decorating their windows and opening their doors for a unique Block Island shopping experience — one that often comes with a cup of hot cider, cocoa and a...
  • Cult Following
    Tue, Sep 2
    Coffee lovers are finding an extra fix these days at Ben & Jerry’s on Water Street, where owner Steve Papa came up with a drink that marries the intense B&J’s flavor Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz with that uniquely Rhode Island coffee syrup known as Autocrat. Throw in a little milk, put it...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    “The walls were wet and sticky, and peach juice was dripping from the ceiling. James opened his mouth and caught some of it on his tongue. It tasted delicious.” – Roald Dahl , James and the Giant Peach...
  • One Last Thing
    Tue, Sep 2
    Renée Meyer captured this look at the Great Salt Pond from the totally Peanuts-like red biplane we’ve been seeing in the B.I. skies all summer. The plane is a recently restored 1940 Waco UPF-7 that was originally used as a WWII trainer. Did she feel like the Red Baron? Most definitely. For more...
  • Tue, Sep 2
    The path to the North Light Fibers mill, store and farm is marked by the sight of exotic animals from Abrams Animal Farm in the periphery: the cool stare of the caged lemur, a llama eating kibble from a child’s hand, even kangaroos and a giant tortoise stand by. Walk past these animals and through...
  • Worker’s Perspectives
    Tue, Sep 2
    For the past 13 summers on Block Island, the majority of my time here has been spent at my home away from home, the Block Island Club. Located on the northeastern side of the Great Salt Pond, the club was a place for me to further my passion for sailing, expand my (short-lived) interest in tennis,...

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