Day Trips and Off-Island Adventures
If you're up for a little adventure here are some recommendations for a fun way to explore when you're ready to venture off island.
Tiverton and Little Compton are a 30-45 minute drive from Newport, over the Sakonnet River Bridge
Groundswell Cafe + Bakery
With a touch of Parisian flair right in historic Tiverton Four Corners, you’ll love the menu offerings, ambience, and the well-stocked home store across the street. Try their insanely tasty baked goods (the croissants are fantastic), breakfast sandwiches, fresh-made salads, and sandwiches—it’s hard to make a wrong choice here. It’s an ideal spot for breakfast and lunch.
Gray’s Ice Cream
There’s nothing like a homemade ice cream cone and Gray’s Ice Cream is open year-round. Featuring a ton of classic and seasonal flavors, all of the ice cream is homemade. The grassy area off the parking lot offers a nice scenic spot to enjoy your cup or cone before you head home.
Walker’s Roadside Farm Stand
Open seasonally, there’s no better place to pick up the freshest fruits and veggies for dinner. The hard part is making sure you don’t overcommit because everything looks so good! Stocked with a sampling of artisanal food items too, you’ll have everything you need to whip up something tasty.
The drive out to Fogland is half the fun! Pass rolling fields and pretty views, the beach itself feels like a little bit of a hideaway. Small and intimate, one side is lined with beach grass covered dunes and beach roses.
Peter’s Attic is a fabulous multi-level antique store filled with old furniture, farm tables, vintage clothing, and more. It shares a space with Patina Studio.
Come for the stunning sunset views, but stay for the classic New England offerings. The Boat House has tasty cocktails, fresh raw bar, and plenty of seafood and American-style main dishes on the menu. A comfortable atmosphere and attentive service means it’s usually busy, so make a reservation ahead of time.
Another hidden gem, you’d never expect to find exquisite French cuisine tucked in this tiny spot in Tiverton. But seriously, we’re not exaggerating when we say that these menu offerings are on par with what you’d get in Paris. Steak frites, croque monsieur, French onion soup, and so much more—you have to make a stop while you’re here. They are open seasonally, so check their hours before you come.
The Bayside Restaurant
A little further out than Little Compton, this family-owned restaurant is in Westport, MA. Serving up all of your favorite seafood dishes like chowder, calamari, cod cakes, and more, it feels very classic New England but thanks to its size, the menu offerings are great if you’re undecided on what you want for dinner. There are plenty of creative options!
Dundery Brook Trail
If you’re looking for an easy and relatively quick hike this might be the perfect trail for you. Less crowded than some of the touristy spots down in Newport, you can enjoy more space and a calmer vibe here. Plus, a large portion is a boardwalk trail.
Block Island is a 60 minute ferry ride from Perrotti Park in Newport. This location does not accommodate vehicles (bikes allowed). For auto transport via ferry leave from Pt. Judith.
Bike The Island
It's hard to beat seeing Block Island by bike. It can be hilly so if you have an e-bike even better. Bike around the island and don't miss the lighthouses. If biking isn't your thing you can also rent a scooter.
A great family friendly beach with long stretches of white sand and bigger waves. Scotch Beach has less rocks so great for boogie boarding and body surfing.
If you've researched Block Island you've probably seen the famous stairs down to Mogehan Bluffs Beach. 141 steps lead from 200-foot cliffs to a secluded, rocky beach named for a 16th-century battle. Worth the trip for the views alone.
A must stop for shopping on Block Island. The historic cottage has a beautifully curated selection of jewelry, clothing, home goods and more.
Southeast Light sits atop the Mohegan Bluffs and is the easier of the two lighthouses on BI to access. Built in 1875, the lighthouse has a 52-foot brick and granite tower, and has been named a National Historic Landmark. Take in stunning views of the Atlantic from the grounds.
Casual seafood and sushi with spectacular views and a great atmosphere. Don't miss out on the mudslides!
An adorable cafe with coffee drinks, yummy breakfast options like ricotta and honey toast, smoothies and lunch sandwiches.
The Barn at Spring House
A romantic venue with an exceptional dining experience. The Barn features an open kitchen and a wood fired grill, with a delicious and fresh menu. The Barn is suited for adults and children ages 12+.