Block Island Photo Gallery

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    Block Island: A World Apart

    Block Island Rhode Island Photo - Block Island Sittin' Machines at Spring House Hotel
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island is located 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, but it is nevertheless a world apart. Need evidence? These white wooden chairs overlooking the sea at the Spring House Hotel are not Adirondack chairs: They're Block Island Sittin' Machines. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island

    With its shimmering turquoise waters, elegant Victorian architecture and laidback island vibe, it's little wonder Rhode Island's Block Island is sometimes called the "Bermuda of the North." It was the tiny island's scenic natural expanses, however, that earned it an even more significant designation. In the early 1990s, the Nature Conservancy named Block Island one of the "Last Great Places on Earth."

    I took the ferry from New London, Connecticut, to Block Island on a sultry July day in 2007 and had a wonderful opportunity to meet islanders and discover this offshore hideaway's many charms. In these photos from my visit, you'll see some of Block Island's most famous and fetching sights.

    With ferry rates to Block Island as low as $24.65 for a same day round-trip as of 2013, an escape to this offshore paradise is an affordable option for New England travelers. As you'll see, I really managed to pack...MORE experiences into my one day on Block Island.

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    With its turquoise waters, natural expanses and Victorian charm, Block Island is a one-of-a-kind destination. Enjoy these photos from a Block Island summer day.

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    Fast Ferry

    Block Island Hi-Speed Ferry Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Most visitors reach Block Island via ferry boat. Island Hi-Speed Ferry, which makes the trip between Galilee, Rhode Island, and Block Island in just 30 minutes, is one of the fastest ways to go. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    With its turquoise waters, natural expanses and Victorian charm, Block Island is a one-of-a-kind destination. Enjoy these photos from a Block Island summer day.

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    Settlers' Rock

    Block Island Settlers' Rock - Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island was settled by 16 families, who left Boston in 1661 and arrived at their new island home in the spring of 1662. The names of these original Block Islanders are inscribed on Settlers' Rock, a monument located near the island's north end. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    With its turquoise waters, natural expanses and Victorian charm, Block Island is a one-of-a-kind destination. Enjoy these photos from a Block Island summer day.

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    Block Island Historic Society

    Block Island Historical Society Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Inside an 1850 farmhouse on Old Town Road, the Block Island Historical Society exhibits diverse artifacts related to island history. Open daily from late June to Labor Day and weekends the rest of the year, the museum provides a nice island overview. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Sandy Point

    Block Island Picture - Sandy Point and Block Island North Light
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island The northern tip of Block Island, known as Sandy Point, is preserved within the Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. The sand and cobble beach that curves from the Settlers' Rock parking lot to Sandy Point is visible in this picture. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    With its turquoise waters, natural expanses and Victorian charm, Block Island is a one-of-a-kind destination. Enjoy these photos from a Block Island summer day.

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    Block Island North Light

    Block Island North Light Photo - Block Island North Lighthouse at Sandy Point
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island The 1867 Block Island North Light is the fourth beacon to stand upon the unsteady sands at the island's northern tip. The granite lighthouse was badly vandalized following its deactivation in 1973, but it was triumphantly restored and relit in 1989. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    With its turquoise waters, natural expanses and Victorian charm, Block Island is a one-of-a-kind destination. Enjoy these photos from a Block Island summer day.

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    Great Salt Pond

    Block Island Great Salt Pond - Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island The sheltered waters of the Great Salt Pond on the west side of Block Island are a popular mooring place for recreational boaters. Without a natural harbor, Block Island remained secluded until 1895, when the Great Salt Pond was opened to the sea. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    An Agricultural Past

    Block Island Stone Walls - Rural Block Island Picture
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island's first settlers were farmers and fishermen. The hundreds of miles of stone walls that grace Block Island are remnants of this offshore isle's agricultural past. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Famous Sight

    Mohegan Bluffs Block Island Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island The Mohegan Bluffs are Block's Island's most famous and breathtaking natural attraction. These sheer, 150-foot clay cliffs are situated on the island's south side. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Block Island Southeast Light

    Block Island Southeast Light - Block Island Photo Gallery
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Seagulls enjoy bird's-eye views of the Block Island Southeast Light, which was moved back from its precarious position near the edge of the eroding Mohegan Bluffs in 1993. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Stairway to the Beach

    Block Island Picture - Wooden Steps Descend Mohegan Bluffs to the Beach Near Southeast Light
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Narrow, steep wooden stairs lead from the top of the Mohegan Bluffs near the Block Island Southeast Light to the secluded beach below. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Block Island Beach Heaven

    Block Island Beach Heaven - Photo of Remote and Secluded Beach at the Base of Mohegan Bluffs
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Those who descend the steep stairs to the base of Block Island's picturesque Mohegan Bluffs are rewarded with the opportunity to enjoy one of New England's most secluded and remote stretches of beach. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Unforgettable Experience

    Mohegan Bluffs Beach Block Island Picture Swimming in the Shadow of Mohegan Bluffs is Unforgettable
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Swimming in the cool Atlantic waters in the shadow of Block Island's Mohegan Bluffs is a truly unforgettable beach experience that makes the climb back up the bluffside wooden staircase worthwhile. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Endless Atlantic

    Atlantic Ocean View from Mohegan Bluffs on Block Island - Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island The Atlantic seems endless from this vantage point atop Mohegan Bluffs. If you're visiting Block Island for just a day, be sure to catch a cab near the ferry dock at Old Harbor for a trip to the bluffs on the island's south side. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    The Bluffs' Bloody Story

    Mohegan Bluffs Monument - Story of How Block Island's Mohegan Bluffs Got Their Name
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Although the Mohegan Bluffs are a place of serene beauty now, they are named, as this monument describes, for a skirmish that ended badly for 40 Mohegan Indians, who were driven over the bluffs by Block Island's native Manisseans. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve

    Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve Block Island - Photo of Hiking Trail Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island's Hodge Family Wildlife Preserve is a wonderful place for a hike. The Block Island Land Trust, the Block Island Conservancy, the Town of New Shoreham and The Nature Conservancy collaborated to save this 25-acre parcel from development. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    The Spring House

    Spring House Hotel Block Island - Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island is known for its sprawling Victorian hotels overlooking the sea. The Spring House isn't just a hotel--it's an island landmark. Block Island's oldest and largest hotel has been an elegant retreat for luminaries from Mark Twain to Billy Joel. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Hotel Manisses

    Hotel Manisses Block Island Rhode Island - Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island The 17-room Hotel Manisses is a Victorian gem that welcomes guests seasonally. The native people who first inhabited Block Island called their home Manisses, which means "God's Little Island.". © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Boating Destination

    Block Island Boating - Photo of Boats Anchored off Block Island
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Tiny Block Island is one of New England's most popular boating destinations. Several island marinas serve visiting and resident boaters. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Cottage by the Beach

    Block Island Photo - Cottage by the Beach
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island A footpath alongside this shingled cottage leads to Block Island's two-and-a-half-mile Crescent Beach, which is just a short walk from the ferry dock at Old Harbor. In total, Block Island offers visitors 17 miles of scenic sand beaches. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Crescent Beach

    Picture of Crescent Beach on Block Island
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island is a popular destination for daytrippers. Even though I visited Block Island in July during the height of the tourism season, the stretch of Crescent Beach closest to the ferry dock was nearly deserted by early evening. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Tropical Blue

    Block Island Picture - Tropical Blue Waters and Sea-Chiseled Rocks from Crescent Beach
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island As day's light began to fade, I took this photo from Crescent Beach of Block Island's tropical blue ocean waters rippling and swirling around sea-chiseled rocks. The seagull on the third rock seemed to be posing for me. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Parasailing

    Block Island Parasailing Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Parasailing is a popular Block Island water sport. I didn't try it, but I imagine the island views must be phenomenal from up there. Call Block Island Parasail at 401-864-2474 for reservations if you'd like to experience parasailing while on Block Island. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Block Island Moped Rentals

    Block Island Moped Rentals - Island Moped Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island It's very difficult to bring a car to Block Island, so many visitors rent mopeds or bicycles for their stay. Island Moped on Water Street is one of several rental companies located near the Block Island ferry dock. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Rebecca at the Well?

    Rebecca at the Well Statue Block Island Rhode Island Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island In 1896, Women's Christian Temperance Movement members erected this statue of Rebecca at the Well on Block Island's Water Street. It was ironically later discovered that the statue is actually of Hebe--cupbearer for the Greek gods. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Hydrangeas in Bloom

    Photo of Hydrangeas in Bloom on Block Island
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Lacy hydrangeas bloom in a lovingly tended Block Island garden. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    The Last Ferry Back

    Ferry Departing from Block Island - Block Island Express Ferry Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island I took the earliest ferry from New London, Connecticut, to Block Island and the last ferry back, and I really managed to pack experiences into my day, from viewing Mohegan Bluffs to walking the beach to shopping to sipping a beer at a waterside bar. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Block Island Skyline

    Block Island Skyline Photo
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island's charming skyline is a lovely sight as the ferry edges away from the dock at Old Harbor. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Farewell to the National

    National Hotel Block Island - Photo View from Block Island Ferry
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island Block Island's landmark National Hotel, a Victorian gem on Water Street, begins to fade from view as the ferry departs from Block Island. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    Strolling the Breakwater

    Block Island Breakwater Photo with Boats - Strolling Along the Block Island Breakwater at Old Harbor
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island For those fortunate enough to stay on Block Island overnight, a stroll along the breakwater at Old Harbor is a lovely way to end the day. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

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    A Great Place

    Block Island Photo - One of the Last Great Places
    ••• Scenes from a Summer Day on Block Island In the early 1990s, the Nature Conservancy named Block Island one of the "Last Great Places" on Earth. Preservation-minded islanders strive to ensure that their petite offshore paradise remains forever elegant and pristine. © 2007 Kim Knox Beckius

    With its turquoise waters, natural expanses and Victorian charm, Block Island is a one-of-a-kind destination. Enjoy these photos from a Block Island summer day.