Block Island on a Budget
So, you want to get away, but the cash flow is a little tight at the moment. The car’s in the shop. Rent’s not getting any cheaper. The kids need braces. And who can find the time for a vacation anyway!
We get it. While you might not be getting down to the Caribbean anytime soon, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy an island getaway right now. Block Island is one of New England’s hidden treasures that offers sea, sand and sights that only an hour away! Getting here is quick, easy, and can be inexpensive, if you know how to plan it!
Getting to Block Island is easy when you take the Block Island Ferry. If you’re looking for more bang for your buck, the Traditional Ferry out of Pt Judith is our most affordable round trip ticket. If you would like to bring your own means of transportation to the island, bicycles can be included to the ticket price for a nominal fee.
There are several paid parking lots need the dock if you plan on driving down. However, Rhode Island Public Transit’s Route 69 bus makes the trip daily from Providence to Galilee. Be sure to check out their website (https://www.ripta.com/routes/69/) for more detailed information.
What to Do
Finding things to do for free or cheap on the island is easier than you might think! Access to almost all of Block Island’s beaches is free. From locations perfect for kids to some great surfing spots, there’s a beach for every taste! The island is also covered in miles of hiking and nature trails that are open to the public. If you want to save on food costs, bring a picnic with you and enjoy a meal near Southeast or North Lighthouse and take in the majestic sites!
The island is also host to various free and low-cost attractions you can visit. If you’re looking for live music, check out Blues on the Block, held Wednesdays at 6pm at Fred Benson Town Beach. Right by the ferry landing, you can meet kangaroos, camels and emus at the 1661 Exotic Animal Farm. Also, museums and programs such as the Block Island Historical Society, Southeast Lighthouse tour and the Block Island Maritime Institute offer reasonably priced admission fees.
Stay the Night
If you’re looking to stay a little longer than just a day but cannot afford a room at one of the island’s hotels or inns, you may want to consider a house rental. Most rental homes on the island offer multiple bedrooms which will allow you to split the cost with friends or family.
A good amount of these houses have kitchens, as well, so you can save a few dollars by making your own meals. You can bring your ingredients with you, or you can pick up groceries at Block Island Grocery or Block Island Depot. For a six pack or bottle of wine, swing on over to Red Bird Liquor Store.
Everybody deserves a little time away. That’s what makes Block Island great. Whether you’re a billionaire or just living within your means, there’s something on the island for everybody. So, check that calendar and start making some plans. It’s time for you to get out of town for a while!
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