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Discovering Block Island: Fall on the Block

by kelly / September, 13 2017 01:30

Sunset fishing on Block Island, Rhode Island

Fall is one of my favorite times on Block Island. The traffic slows down but the weather remains warm enough that I can dip my feet in the ocean and get a spot on the beach all to myself (with some sunscreen in tow). Plus there’s still so much fun to be had on the island. So book a ticket to the Block and check out one of these fall happenings.

Get a Taste of Block Island: Sept 15-17

It’s the Annual Taste of Block Island – where over 50 businesses come together to give a feel for all the food, lodging, shopping and activities the island has to offer.

Loads of discounts are available this weekend. It’s definitely worth the $5 ticket price. With it you get a button that identifies that you are participating in the event. Also every ticketholder is entered into a raffle for a chance to win a glass float. Find all the event, restaurant, accommodation, retail and transportation deals on the Block Island Chamber of commerce site. This is one weekend to take advantage of all that Block Island has to offer.

Bike Around the Island: Sept 22-Oct 31

Fall is a perfect time to bike the island because there are less cars on the road and now you can do it via the Block Island Bicycle Tour. The tour is a new interactive way to experience the Block!

The tour is made up of 12 stations, each positioned at an island highlight and marked with a circular signpost with a QR code in the center. Once you shoot the QR codes you'll get videos that tell you about the history of the landmarks.

The full route is 16 miles long but there's also a shorter option at 7.5 miles. If you want to be free of technology on your ride, maps of the route (with short descriptions of the stations) are available free at the Welcome Center and from most of the bike rental places in town.

Watch Some Birds: Sept 29-Oct 1

The island is a major stopover for 125 different species of migratory birds on their way to the south each season. Every year the Rhode Island Audubon Society sponsors a bird watching weekend called the Audubon Birding Weekend. As part of the weekend they offer package tours that include accommodations, travel, meals, tours and demonstrations. You can contact them at programs@asri.org if you want to participate in the event.

Party for Oktoberfest: Sept 30

Celebrate Oktoberfest at the Poor People’s Pub on 33 Ocean Avenue. Come sample Bavarian food, get drink specials, participate in fun contests and - most importantly - celebrate this festive holiday with other islanders.

Hang with Animals: Now through Oct 31

Stop by the 1661 Inn Farm and Gardens and check out chickens, ducks, emus and kangaroos. Don’t forget to say hi to the one-eyed zedonk named Cindy! The animals are tucked along a hillside meadow just across the street from the 1661 Inn – not too far from the ferry. It’s free to see the animals and you can buy food at the farm for $1 to feed them – that’s a sweet deal!

If you’re in the mood to see more - yaks, kangaroos and even some camels and alpacas are over at Abrams Farm. There you’ll also find North Light Fibers, where you can buy handcrafted artisan yarns made 100% on Block Island. North Light Fibers also offers classes and retreats for those that want to learn more about the fiber arts.

Tour the Island by Taxi: Now through Oct 31

Another way to explore the island is by car. Hop in a taxi and get a narrated tour of the island from one of the experienced drivers. They’ll give you an inside track to the best spots to dine, play, shop and swim.

You can see the whole island easily in an hour’s time with up to 14 of your closest friends in one taxi if you wish. So grab a taxi tour at the taxi stand in Old Harbor or order one to pick you up!

Discovering Block Island

Find out more about all the happenings, treasures and news on Block Island in our Discovering Block Island series.

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