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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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Great Beach

Great beach, great food, great music venue. Fun place for all ages to meet friends or make new ones. The menu has a good variety and is placed right for BI

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great beach, great food, great music venue. Fun place for all ages to meet friends or make new ones. The menu has a good variety and is placed right for BI

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It's great that Ballard's invites the public to use their beach as there are few other ocean beaches on Block Island. The beach was very crowded however. The food at the restaurant on the beach was very good and the public facilities are kept clean. The afternoon live band appealed more to a younger crowd. Excellent staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

My husband and I walked to Ballard's Beach from the National hotel. We stayed on Block Island during an extremely hot week in August, and Ballard's Beach was a great place to hang out! The beach is small, but you can see the ferries coming in on the left. You can rent chairs,umbrellas, etc and the staff comes around to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Loved our visit to Ballards! Nice beach, crowded, but lots of fun. We didn't eat, but had a couple drinks. Nice restrooms as well. The band starting in the afternoon adds to the party atmosphere. Not a quiet beach, but fun.

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Maplewood, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Ballards is amazing! Lots of activity. The beach is great and the staff actually waits on you on the beach. It was hopping when I was there and yet the staff was extremely friendly and helpful. You can rent chairs and umbrella's. There are bars inside and out. The only downfall is that sometimes the beach may get too busy.... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We usually love to spend at least one day here at Ballards. Its a nice sandy beach with chair rentals and Ballards Bar right there for drinks and food.

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North Providence, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

beachside bar/food service. Gorgeous water. Awesome waves. Water is crystal clear. I personally don't think it is an ideal atmosphere for kids.

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

Thank you for your review about Ballard's Beach. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We are sorry that you do not feel that it is suitable for kids. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More 

Shelton, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

No Block Island visit is complete without a drink or swim at Ballards! Perfect spot to hang for the day-familes to bachelorettes it's all good!! During peak season, get there early to get good spot. The wait staff is fabulous!!!

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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 the time our Guests take to write the reviews. We are happy to hear that you always enjoy your visits. It is great to hear from repeat guests. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Love this place. Whay it has not been copied at other locations is beyond me. Cannot beat waitress service on the beach and the live music is great.

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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, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. We are glad that you enjoy the beach and the waitress service. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

this is a very crowded beach in the summer when we went. We took the ferry over from Narragansett, and tried to relax. They do have waiters coming on to the beach for drink service but not food service.

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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. I am sorry that you were not able to get food service from the server, that is surprising as they do serve food as well. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon... More 

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