Top things to do in Block Island

Top Choice Modern American in Block Island

Eli's

The locally caught sea-bass special (tender fillets over scallions, grapes and beans) tastes so fresh and mildly salty and sweet that its memory will haunt you for weeks. For real. The room is cramped, crowded and c…
Top Choice Art in Block Island

Glass Float Project

This wonderful interactive art project, akin to a grown-up version of hide-and-seek, was started by Rhode Island artist and glassblower, Eben Horton, to promote the natural beauty of Block Island. Initially, 550 num…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Block Island

Southeast Light

You'll likely recognize the red-brick lighthouse known as the Southeast Light from postcards of the island. Set dramatically atop 200ft-high red-clay cliffs called Mohegan Bluffs south of Old Harbor, the lighthouse …
Seafood in Block Island

Finn's Seafood

Finn's is an island institution, its bunting-draped deck is the first cheerful sight that greets arrivals at the ferry dock. Come here for New England–style chowder, clams, lobster rolls, steamers and broiled fish t…
Beach in Block Island

Block Island State Beach

The island's east coast, north of Old Harbor, is lined with this glorious 3-mile stretch of beach. The southern part, Fred Benson Town Beach, sits closest to Old Harbor, and is supplied with changing and showering s…
Lighthouse in Block Island

North Lighthouse

At Sandy Point, the northernmost tip of the island, this pretty little beacon stands at the end of a long sandy path lined with beach roses. At the trailhead, you'll find Settler's Rock, a small mo­nument that lists…
Bar in Block Island

The Oar

Sitting on the lawn, cold mudslide in hand, overlooking the boats bobbing in the Great Salt Pond, The Oar is quintessential Block Island and its open-sided, wraparound bar can't be beat. What's more, it serves a sur…
Museum in Block Island

Block Island Historical Society

This excellent local history society runs a compact but top-notch museum covering all things Block Island. If you're around on a Tuesday, don't miss one of their walking tours (adult/child $15/5), which depart at 10…
Pub Food in Block Island

Mohegan Cafe & Brewery

Besides brewing its own beer, this atmospheric pub with large picture windows offers a select menu of local fish specials alongside more standard pub fare of steaks and barbecued brisket. The lunchtime lobster bisqu…
Seafood in Block Island

Rebecca's

This snack stand serves burgers, chowder, grilled-cheese sandwiches, grease and deep-fried clams, fish, scallops and more to hungry tourists seated at picnic tables under umbrellas. It's one of the reliable, open-wh…