If you caught any of my Instagram stories a few weekends back, you’ll know that Dan and I were celebrating our sixth anniversary on Block Island, our favorite place in the world! Unless you’re a New Englander, you probably haven’t heard of Block Island because it’s a tiny dot of land off the coast of Rhode Island. The nearby larger islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, receive much more attention and hype. Although, there’s still a ton of natural beauty, sightseeing, coastal shops and beaches worth visiting on Block Island.
Related Read: Our fifth anniversary on Block Island (2016).
To make the best use of our time, we took Friday off work and readied ourselves for the 8:05am ferry ride from New London, CT to Block Island, RI. The trip took 1 hour and 15 minutes to ride across Long Island Sound. If you depart from Point Judith, RI, then you can take a shorter ferry ride of 45 minutes.
A weekend stay on Block Island could easily cost an arm and a leg, however we were lucky enough to stay with family in exchange for a bottle of wine and our warmest hugs. Assuming that you don’t have family on the island, there are still plenty of ways to visit Block Island on a budget.
After we settled in, we ventured out to see the most popular sights on the island, the Mohegan Bluffs and Southeast Lighthouse. Usually these sights on Block Island are crowded on the weekends, so first, we chose to visit a lesser known viewpoint between the two.
See the Southeast Lighthouse off in the distance? We’ll give you a closer look, if you keep scrolling!
July weather can be so unpredictable in the Northeast! We packed mostly shorts and beach clothes thinking that it would be warm and sunny. In fact, I hadn’t even consider bringing a sweatshirt! But as you can tell from the pictures, we had to wear long sleeves and pants all day.
Either way, the views were amazing. Block Island is worth the visit, rain or shine! Just be sure to bring layers.
Afterwards, we hopped over to the Mohegan Bluffs. To fully experience the bluffs, you have to descend several stairs down to the beach.
Going down is no problem, but remember, you have to climb back up! For reference, the picture above was taken about two-thirds of the way down.
Someone offered to take our picture, but it happened so quickly, that we didn’t even realize that we were facing the wrong direction of the bluffs (they are behind the camera). What a fail!
Next stop, the renown Southeast Lighthouse. You can pay a small fee to scale up the lighthouse or just hang out at the grounds and stretch your legs after the ferry ride. There were a few kids doing cartwheels and playing tag behind us.
Decided to let my hair loose in this picture. Man, do I have a lot of hair!
There is a small gift shop inside the Southeast Lighthouse, however the best souvenir shopping will be on Water Street in the town center.
The Southeast Lighthouse is a great place to view America’s first offshore wind farm! The new wind turbines were installed in the ocean in 2016 and are truly fascinating to watch as small boats jet past them.
These two neighboring sites, the Mohegan Bluffs and Southeast Lighthouse are a must-see on your first day trip to Block Island. You can walk 1.6 miles from the ferry terminal, bike, moped over, or drive. Feel free to leave questions in the comments below!
More on Block Island will be shared throughout this week, so stay tuned for more!