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Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI
Phone Number: 401-466-2231
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Description: Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently...
Ballard’s is a famous resort on its own beach. Ballard’s was recently renovated and provides a distinct modern sophisticated design. Our rooms provide all modern amenities including air conditioning. Our dining area offers breathtaking ocean views. Our beach offers daily chair and umbrella rentals where you can lounge while servers bring drinks and food to you. Please visit our website for pictures, menus and rate information. Only Ballard's has it all.
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Nice beach, fun spot, good but pricey drinks

This spot is crazy! So glad we had the chance to stop by after the weather turned nice on a Saturday afternoon. The beach is lovely, great for swimming, and the beach bars are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

We headed to Ballard's right after getting off the ferry and were impressed by the location and facility. The indoor restaurant is similar to a restaurant in the Caribbean with open windows and fans circulating, it was just wonderful. View was beautiful. Our waiter, Milan from Hungary was outstanding, polite, and on top of our large order. We then rented... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

We went to Block Island for the first time and was introduced to Ballards Beach by our niece and nephew. It is a beautiful beach within easy walking distance from the Block Island Ferry at Old Harbor. Aside from the beautiful location Ballards has a lot to offer . They have an indoor and out door restaurant , outdoor bar... More 

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Waterbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My first time on block island this past weekend and we had a blast. I took the feedback from various people and decided to set up at Ballards for the day. This was the best idea ever. We were able to rent beach chairs and umbrellas and they provided beachside service for drinks and meals if interested. The beach was... More 

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Meriden, Connecticut
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

great beach,clean sand and water crystal clear. ocean even in july was very cold but refreshing after sitting in the sun. can get a little crouded but very interesting people watching there. love it

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I come her at least once a year with my girlfriends. We always have a blast! The servers come around and take drink and/or food orders. Sometimes it takes a bit because they're so busy, but PLEASE always remember to TIP WELL! The water is super clean! Be careful; sometimes that current is VERY strong. If you're into it, you... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We rented 2 lounge chairs and an umbrella and spent a beautiful Saturday afternoon with thousands of others. We chose this beach specifically for the bar and grille and were not disappointed. Our next trip we may look at even staying at the inn.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

This spot is crazy! So glad we had the chance to stop by after the weather turned nice on a Saturday afternoon. The beach is lovely, great for swimming, and the beach bars are hopping! The band was fantastic and the crowd dancing along was just as entertaining to watch. Definitely drew a crowd here, people of all ages on... More 

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Columbia, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

This is a great beach, the sand is nice, the water is perfect no rocks, no seaweed, and water is very clear, the waves were nice size, not large but we had fun. The bathrooms, changing room, and showers were clean and convenient. The tiki bars and bandstand with live music in the afternoon was very enjoyable. The wait staff... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We went to the beach at Ballard's, rented chairs and an umbrella and wanted to have some cocktails. Most people there were college aged or 20 somethings and it felt like we were on spring break! It was fine for an afternoon--but I don't think I'd bring my kids there (although others did!).

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for writing your review about Ballard's Beach, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad you were able to enjoy the beach rentals while you were here. We are sorry you do not feel like Ballard's Beach is a place to bring your kids. We do try to cater towards families which is why we have... More 

Whippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

In July, as expected, the beach was packed (especially on Saturday). The food was great (I loved the watermelon and feta salad), the drinks were cold (and you have the option of drinking them out of a pinapple!), and there's always music to listen to (live or otherwise). The service can be slow, but while sitting on the beach or... More 

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BallardsInn, Manager at Ballard's Beach, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's Beach, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the food and beverage selections as well as the music. As you said, it does get crowed on the weekends, but we appreciate hearing that our Guests still find it a good... More 

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Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI
Phone Number: 401-466-2231
Location: United States  >  Rhode Island (RI)  >  Block Island  >  New Shoreham

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