Get Moving

Outdoor activities by land and by sea


Many people bring their own bicycles over on the ferry (or rent) for an inexpensive and active way to see the island. At ten square miles, even the biggest of the island’s hills is over quickly. (Although rusty cyclists – we feel your pain – might want to make sure they’ll be going downhill when they hit Airport Hill.) There are, of course, many ways to take advantage of the ocean all around.

Pond and Beyond offers kayak rentals in New Harbor, including nature lessons and special child-friendly outings led by knowledgeable owner (and mom) Corrie Heinz. BI Parasail and Watersports will hoist you aloft for a solo or tandem ride of surprising peacefulness (foot dips in the ocean are optional) or challenge your ability to hang on with a wild banana boat ride. Charter fishing boats – like Hula Charters and G. Willie Makit – will take you onshore for blues and stripers, or offshore for shark and tuna. Go for spectacular seaside horseback rides with Rustic Rides Farm; attempt board lessons of all kinds with the folks at Diamondblue or Ocean Adventures; or, if you know how to sail, rent a Hobie Cat at Champlin’s and fly around the Great Salt Pond (pontoon boats are a more sedate alternative).

Block Island Fishworks will sell you fishing tackle, arrange a charter or find you a guide for surfcasting, fly fishing and spearfishing lessons. Skate rats will love the Ian Kortbek Memorial Skate Park at Ball O’Brien Park on West Side Road, and their younger sibs will enjoy the playground and adjacent pebbly beach, great for hunting seashells and the arrowheads that Manisses Indians left alongside the Great Salt Pond.

Where to Find

Block Island Fishworks
Ocean Ave. 401-466-5392,

BI Parasail and Watersports
Old Harbor Dock

West Side Rd. 401-466-7777,

Dodge St. 401-466-3145,

G. Willie Makit

Hula Charters

Ian Kortbek Memorial Skate
Park at Ball O’Brien Park
West Side Rd

Ocean Adventures
Ocean Ave. 401-368-2611,

Pond and Beyond

Rustic Rides Farm
West Side Rd. 401-466-5060

Pond and Beyond, BI Parasail and Watersports, G. Willie Makit, Hula Charters, Rustic Rides Farm, Diamondblue, Ocean Adventures, Block Island Fishworks, Ian Kortbek Memorial Skate Park


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