Island Events & Attractions

Polar Plunge

Due to freezing temperatures, the festivities surrounding this event were postponed until March 18, 2018.

2017 is winding down, but for those looking forward to 2018, why not dip your toe into the New Year, Block Island style?

First, on New Year’s Day, the local Lion’s Club Leos host the annual Polar Plunge at Fred Benson Town Beach at high noon, with participants racing in and out of the water (and saner family members looking on). Whether you’re taking the plunge or not, you’ll get a warm reception from the hundreds of people who typically gather. And if you’re looking for additional warmth, hot chocolate and souvenir hats are available for sale.

Second, if you really want to impersonate a local, congregate at Kimberly's on Groundhog Day, February 2, for the unofficial Block Island census. You’ll be counted if you are on the island that day, even for a couple of hours.

And once the census is taken, can spring be far behind? Visit for 2018 Spring Special Packages and our 2018 Calendar of Events. If we don’t see you over the next few months, we’ll be looking forward to seeing you then!  

March 18, 2018
Fred Benson Town Beach
7 Corn Neck Rd.
Block Island, RI 02807