So Block Island

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Outdoor activities by land and by sea

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Many people bring their own bicycles over on the ferry (or rent) for an inexpensive and active way to see the island. At 10 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 (401-578-2773) 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 (Old Harbor Dock. 401-864-2474) 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 Girl (401-263-3474) and G. Willie Makit (401-466-5151) – will take you onshore for blues and stripers, or offshore for shark and tuna. Go for spectacular seaside horseback rides with Rustic Rides Farm (West Side Rd. 401-466-5060); attempt board lessons of all kinds with the folks at Diamondblue (Dodge St. 401-466-3145); or, if you know how to sail, rent a Hobie Cat at Champlin’s (West Side Rd. 401-466-7777) and fly around the Great Salt Pond (pontoon boats are a more sedate alternative). Block Island Fishworks (OceanAve. 401-466-5392) will sell you fishing tackle, arrange a charter, or find you a guide for surfcasting, flyfishing, 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.

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