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Ballard's Beach

42 Water Street, Block Island, RI
401-466-2231
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Ranked #10 of 21 attractions in Block Island
Type: Beaches
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Narragansett, Rhode Island
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Ballards may be a great beach for adults who want to party and have drinks served to them on the beach, but it is not a family friendly atmosphere. We had small children who found a "treasure trove" of interesting items in the dirty sand. Cigarette filters, drink straws, bottle caps, citrus rinds and, most "interesting" of all, a condom... More

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

Greetings mrmwcm: Thank you for your review on Ballard's Beach. We always appreciate our guest's feedback. I am sorry that you and your family did not enjoy the beach. We do clean the beach every morning and evening. We also do strive to be family friendly, which is why we offer a free toy to children. We hope to see... More

Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Ballards is so famous and the place to be on BI. Drink service at your lounge chair, free tables and the best seafood around. We love the live music. We also see captain Steve Miller go by on his boat.

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

Greetings Charlie S. Thank you for your review about your visit to Ballard's Beach. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am glad that you have had the chance to enjoy our free tables and our live music. We love the fact that we are able to serve people right at their chairs on the beach. We look forward... More

Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

Other Block Island beaches may have more scenic beauty and are more quite. But, I prefer modern conveniances. There is always live music, a beach bar and servers bring food to you on the beach. The bathrooms are the cleanist on the island. Try hard to say something negative, but its hard. We typically go here 5-6 per week on... More

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

Greetings Henry M: Thank you for taking the time to write a review about Ballard's Beach. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am glad to hear that you are happy with the amenities we provide to our Guests. We take pride in how hard our Team Members work at keeping our Guests happy, including making sure the restroom... More

South Kingstown, Rhode Island, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We travel to Block Island quite frequently year round on our boat and always stay at the dock outside of Ballard's. So for us, this is the most convenient beach but it is beautiful and clean. There are facilities, food and drinks available at Ballard's Restaurant and usually live music in the afternoon.

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

Greetings Kathy N: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your visit to Ballard's Beach. We are happy to hear that you are a repeat Guest and that you enjoy your visits to Ballard's. We are glad that we are able to provide the amenities that you enjoy. We hope to see you again the next... More

Cranston, Rhode Island, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is where most of the day trippers go...it's an easy walk from the ferry and there tends to be a great variety of people there. You have families and young partiers and oddly enough they mix? Seemingly there's always a good time to be had at Ballards! Probably, the biggest asset is that you can rent a lounge chair... More

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

Greetings Krssy215: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your visit to Ballard's Beach. We are glad that you enjoy all the amenities that we have to offer on our beach. We are glad that we are able to cater to all of our Guests, whether they are travelling alone, or with families or groups, and... More

Plainfield, Connecticut
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

The beach is kept clean and serving alcohol on the beach is so nice. They offer live performances and have an indoor restaurant when you want a break from the sun.

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

Greetings Samantha M: Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your visit to Ballard's Beach. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the beach, the music, and the restaurant. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island! Sharon C. Manager More

Newton, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
354 reviews 354 reviews
81 attraction reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

It's the only place on the island where you can sit on the beach and have drinks served (technically, it's a private beach). Service was much better than in past years. After years of smuggling lunch in ourselves, we gave the menu another try and were pleasantly surprised! Good live music almost every day. Chairs, loungers and umbrellas have long... More

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

Greetings Edgingin: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your visit to Ballard's Beach this season. I am glad that you enjoyed everything, and I am happy to hear that things have improved in your opinion. We are always striving to make changes that will improve our services to our Guests. We hope to see you... More

Branford, Connecticut
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

There are two things to love about this beach, it's proximity to the ferry and it's super clean bathrooms; which in certain situations could be enough. However today I was there with 10 kids and one other adult. By the time we paid for 3 umbrellas, 4 lounge chairs and 3 beach chairs we had already spent $160. Then we... More

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

Greetings TACH62: Thank you for taking the time to write your review about Ballard's Beach. I am happy to hear that you mostly enjoyed your stay, and that you appreciated having the rentals available, as well as the well kept bathroom and the beach itself. Thank you for letting us know that the service was cheerful, and I apologize that... More

Northport, New York
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73 reviews 73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

A rip-off for food and drink that you can excuse due to it's prime location. Ballard's it the party place downtown- with an open pavillion restaurant, cement patios for dining, bar and live music in a mini-bandshell. All just steps from the beach where workers from around the world will serve you, even on the beach. Be prepared for them... More

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

Greetings 57alisonm: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on Ballard's Beach. I am happy to hear that overall you enjoyed your day at our beach. I am sorry if you were upset by our strict measures with our alcohol policy, but it is for the safety of our Guests, and per town ordinances, that we have... More

Brooklyn, New York
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139 reviews 139 reviews
39 attraction reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Live music, drink service on the beach and a vibrant atmosphere make this a unique beach on the island.

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

Greetings EMG311: Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your visit to Ballard's Beach. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the music and the beach itself. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More

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