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Looking for some advice on what to do on a day-trip to block island? Anyone have any suggestions or insiders tips?

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    It really depends on what you like to do. If you like biking you can rent a bike and see the island that way. (or a moped...but keep in mind the locals don't like them) There are so many lovely sights to see as you bike around the island. It isn't an easy trip for a novice bike rider, however, so keep that in mind. There are also countless hiking trails available on Block Island. Some of them are just so beautiful! (my favorite is Clayhead...absolutely lovely views!) If you like to shop you just step off the ferry and are within very short walking distance to a plethora of little specialty shops. Mixed in among the shops are the many restaurants that the island has to offer. You can grab a bite to eat sitting outside watching people walk by. And of course, being an Island there are the beaches! If you rent a bike you can ride to the Town beach which is about 10-15 minutes away from the Old Harbor ferry landing. (there are facilities at this beach for the daytrippers...showers, lockers, etc.) Have fun!

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    Suggestions and insider tips? I agree with jcjc, if one's physically able to bike the island, I would heartily recommend that. For dining, I would try to avoid the restaurants closest to the ferry as the food's not that great and it's silly-expensive. However, near the ferry you can find Finn's which has better than average seafood, and Ernie's (a diner) is great for local color. The BeachHead is excellent for lunch (right near the town beach) and is also a local fave. Eli's has great dins, mostly pasta and mediterranean fare (perfect post-bik-a-thon dinner). Juice and Java has phenom. desserts, coffee, etc. For higher-end dining I would suggest the Atlantic Inn over The Manisses.

    If the weather's a little iffy, the Block Island Museum is worth the quick spin. The Southeast lighthouse and the North Light are worth a visit. If the weather's not wet, other worthwhile stops are Monhegan Bluffs, Rodman's Hollow and riding to the end of Corn Neck Road (positively breathtaking views). Either bike or mo-ped will take you where you want to go.

    I highly recommend as you get off the ferry (trust you're coming into Old Harbor? New Harbor is the port for the hi-speed ferries) that you walk the short distance across the parking lot to the BI Chamber of Commerce. There you will find an abundance of maps and info. plus exceedingly friendly service. Check out their site: www.blockislandchamber.com.

    I would also recommend giving yourself 30-45 minutes lead time before you plan to leave for the ferry as tickets sell-out, esp. in the summer.

    Enjoy this amazing place!!

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