5 Unique Sites to Check Out
Block Island is known for its gorgeous beaches, its excellent restaurants, and its stunning natural scenery. It’s a little piece of paradise in our backyard. There’s so much to do that you may overlook some of the more unique attractions the island has to offer. But the great thing about the island is since it’s so small, and if you know where to look, it’s easy to incorporate a bunch of small jaunts into your vacation plans!
Below we’ve highlighted 5 unique sites to check out on the island. From areas of historical significance to spots where you can pet a llama, Block Island has so many things for you to discover!
The Sacred Labyrinth is an intricately designed circular walkway lined with stones that invites you to follow the path to the center. It’s a peaceful and reflective activity that allows you to disconnect from the stresses of modern life and connect with your inner self. The Labyrinth is a bit tricky to find but worth the trip. As you’re heading north on Corn Neck Road, keep an eye open on the left side of the road. There will be a set of stairs going over stone wall with a painted “Labyrinth” sign which leads to the path. If you hit Sachem Pond, you’ve gone too far.
The Painted Rock
Located at the corners of the corner of Mohegan Trail, Lakeside Drive, and Snake Hole Road,the Painted Rock is a unique and colorful attraction on Block Island that draws visitors from all over. The rock is covered in vibrant and intricate designs that have been painted by island residents and visitors since 1961. The designs can change weekly, if not daily in the summer, whenever someone wants to flex their artistic talents. The site is so popular, in fact, that when it was damaged in 2006, it was revealed that there were several inches of paint layers built up on the rock’s surface!
Settler’s Rock is a fascinating historical site located towards the northern point of the island at the end or Corn Neck Road. It is a large boulder that bears a plaque commemorating the purchase and settlement of the island by European colonists in 1661. The rock marks the spot where they first made landfall. It’s an excellent spot to beachcomb as well as a starting point to visit the North Lighthouse and the various island walking trails.
Southeast Lighthouse & Museum
Built in 1873, the Southeast Lighthouse is a must-see attraction on Block Island. This beautifully restored historic landmark welcomes guests to wander the grounds and also offers tours daily throughout the summer. It is a popular tourist attraction that draws visitors from all over. The Lighthouse is also a beautiful and picturesque spot that is perfect for taking photos and enjoying the natural beauty of the island including the Mohegan Bluffs.
1661 Exotic Farm
Just a short walk south from the ferry landing, the 1661 Exotic Farm allows guests to get up close to some unique animals. Along with goats, sheep and pigs, the farm also houses camels, llamas, kangaroos and emus. It’s a great spot to bring your kids and snap a few pictures! The Farm and Gardens are open year-round during daylight hours for people to come visit. It is located across the street from the 1661 Inn.
These are not the only interesting spots to check out in New Shoreham. The island is filled with unique little spaces just waiting to be discovered! Whether you’re taking a day trip or staying a week, wander around the island. We’re sure you’ll find your new favorite thing out there!
Go explore and Sail Away…