Happy New Year from Block Island! The new year is known to bring new goals and traditions…what’s a better way to welcome the New Year than with a new Block Island experience? 

Take a look at some of our favorites. 

1. Paint the Painted Rock.

Located on the south side of the island, Painted Rock is an island tradition that has been well known for years. It is quite literally a painted rock that has been visited and decorated by thousands of people! 

2. Submerge in the Atlantic Ocean. 

Submerge in the Atlantic Ocean and embrace the sheer bliss of Block Island's renowned beaches. Widely acclaimed as some of the best in the world, these sandy shores offer an unparalleled experience. As you plunge into the refreshing waters of the Atlantic, let the gentle waves and soothing ambiance wash away your stresses, leaving you in a state of pure relaxation. Whether you're a thrill-seeker diving into the waves or simply enjoying a leisurely swim, the Atlantic Ocean around Block Island promises an unforgettable ocean retreat. 

3. Visit the Mohegan Bluffs.

 Prepare for a climb, but the adventure is well worth it. Descend 141 steps, and you'll find yourself on the sandy shores, surrounded by the beauty of Mohegan Bluffs. The beach is rocky, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water. 

4. Find a Glass Float.

There are 550 floats hidden on Block Island every season for people to find. They are all hand-made and unique in their own way, with 24 of them having a unique color to them, (24 for 2024). Eben Horton, the artist behind all of the magic, creates custom one of a kind pieces on an individual basis out of his studio that he calls ‘The Glass Station'. His studio is located in Wakefield, Rhode Island.While you are exploring the nature on Block Island, keep in mind that there might be a glass float close by you. Magic!

Floats are hidden along trails, beaches, and public spaces. Remember to respect Block Island and the environment while you are searching for a glass float. Check out this link for tips and tricks for glass float hunting! 


5. Explore the Great Salt Pond.

The Great Salt Pond is an incredible place to see the wildlife on Block Island. Whether you prefer kayaking, swimming, paddleboarding, or snorkeling, you’ll be surprised to see just how much is happening underneath the water! The vast Great Salt Pond, surrounded by scenic shorelines and wetlands, grants Block Island a stunning, protected harbor—an ideal sanctuary for someone who likes to explore, or just relax and observe! 

6. Double Dip! 

One of the coolest things about Block Island is the fact that there are 365 ponds on the island. Why not start your day with a revitalizing dip in the ocean followed by a serene swim in the clear waters of Fresh Pond? Whether you seek the waves of the beach or the peaceful ambiance of a freshwater pond, Block Island provides a diverse and refreshing experience for water enthusiasts. 

7. Watch the 4th of July Fireworks.

An island tradition…this year commemorates the 40th anniversary of this vibrant celebration! Witness the sky aglow with a stunning firework display launched from a barge in the Block Island Sound, accompanied by a lively Fourth of July parade! Stay tuned for details on the dates for both the fireworks and the parade.

8. Visit the Sacred Labyrinth.

 Discover the Sacred Labyrinth…a serene circular walkway adorned with stones. Step away from the constant distractions of everyday life and immerse yourself in the tranquility of a walking meditation Block Island. As you reach the heart of the circle, find a peaceful spot to sit and savor the breathtaking views that stretch across Sachem Pond and the North Lighthouse. 

9. Walk the Clayhead Trail and The Maze.

Looking for a lush trail mixed with ocean views? Clayhead is the one. This 190-acre parcel on the northeast part of the island contains some of the island’s most spectacular scenery. At the top of the trail is what locals call “the maze”, a series of interconnected, unmarked paths where you can wander to your heart’s content. With an excellent balance of trail and beach, you can really have the best of both worlds while exploring Clayhead Nature Trail. 

10. Watch the sunrise.

It’s hard to choose what’s better on Block Island, the sunrise or the sunset? The island's charm amplifies during both moments, making it challenging to decide. Whether you find peace of mind in the first light of day watching the sunrise at Baby Beach, or the captivating hues of sunset on the west side after a long summer day…experiencing the sunrise on Block Island is a magical sight to see. It’s worth the early wake-up call! 

There are so many beautiful moments to enjoy on Block Island. Let's make 2024 a memorable one!

For more ideas and itineraries, visit https://www.blockislandinfo.com/plan-your-visit/itineraries/

Please remember while exploring to respect the island, follow the rules of the road, and leave nature as you find it.