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Ballard's Beach

42 Water Street, Block Island, RI
401-466-2231
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Ranked #7 of 22 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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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This place looked a bit too "happening" for us so we avoided it for the 1st 2 years we visited. It's actually sad because we might have eaten the best chowder on Block Island sooner! Creamy, clammy without anything else to interfere... Just great. Their stuffed Quahogs are light with a nice hit of chorizo (some quahogs EARN the name... More

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Carmel, New York
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42 reviews 42 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Good food however seafood is not fresh, lots of college kids and young adults. If you want a relaxing beach go further in to other beaches. Less people

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New Fairfield, Connecticut
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We stop at Ballards and plan on spending the day on their beach, enjoying food and drink each time we go to Block Island. You can bring a cooler, but no drinks onto their property. Two Margaritas cost us $36 without tip. But they were full of liquor and very good. We like to have one, then relax with water... 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. I am happy to hear that you were able to enjoy the amenities we offer, such as chair, umbrella and table rentals. It was also nice to hear that you enjoyed both types of our sliders. As you stated, we... More

New Providence, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
13 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Don't normally go to this beach but we walked here from the ferry to kill some time. It was a Saturday and it was packed, no room to move. The beach itself was nice and clean but a lot of the people had way too much to drink. Tends to be more quiet during the week.

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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 your recent visit to our beach. We always appreciate hearing from our Guests. I am sorry to hear that you felt that the beach was too crowded. I do agree that during the week the beach has a lot less people on it. I am happy to hear though... More

RI
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78 reviews 78 reviews
14 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Boating to BI for years, we've been to all the beaches on BI. Yesterday I took my elderly Mom for a ferry ride over & a day in BI. She cannot walk for long stretches, so I thought to utilize the close proximity of Ballard's Beach, to the ferry. Ballards offering of rental chaises, tables, & umbrellas is very convenient.... More

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

Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your recent visit to Ballard's. We always appreciate hearing from our guests. Your review was very nicely written and very informative to others that might be interested in coming and visiting our beach. I am happy to hear that you and your mom enjoyed yourselves. I also appreciate hearing... More

new haven, ct
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85 reviews 85 reviews
22 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

There's a beach, volleyball players, waves, swimmers, bar, dancers, and don't let me forget the good food and drinks in a laid back environment!

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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 glad to hear that you enjoyed yourself, and enjoyed the food and drink while you were here. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More

Warwick, Rhode Island
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Has chairs, umbrellas and sml tables to rent. Wait service on the beach alcoholic drinks and full menu which is awesome. Live music at outside bar area. 2 coin operated showers and large restrooms for guests to use. Close to Ferry.

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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 the time our Guests take to write reviews. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the services our beach has to offer. We are glad to be able to offer so much to the guests using our beach. We hope to see you again... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Perfect. Beach, chairs, umbrella, drink and food service to our lounge chairs, good music, fun people to watch, perfect weather, great surf

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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. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the beach rentals and the towel side service. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More

Neuchatel, Switzerland
Top Contributor
158 reviews 158 reviews
40 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We are foreign visitors to this part of the world and we were so pleased we took up a recommendation to take the high speed ferry from Newport to Block Island and spend the day on the beach at Ballard's. It was just brilliant; we rented beach loungers, chairs and umbrella and once settled were then spoilt by having Ashleigh,... 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. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed yourself while you were here. We pride ourselves on making sure that the beach is cleaned every evening and then checked again in the morning. We are happy to be able to... More

New Haven, Connecticut
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Ballards beach is close to town, has a full restaurant, on beach bar, facilities, and live music. There is a full break water stone wall to walk out on if so desired. It is a nice place to spend the day

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

Thank you for taking the time to write your review on Ballard's Beach. We always appreciate hearing from our Guest. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We are happy that we are able to provide the amenities that we do. We hope that we see you again next time you are on the island. Sharon C.... More

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