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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

We have been going to Ballard's for 30 years. It's the place to get a lobster dinner. Dine on the pattio or use the beach and sip a cold beer. Great international staff.

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Westchester County, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Great bar on the beach, great music, great views, easy walk. It's a fun spot for a drink before dinner. Lots of families gather there. It's a fun spot.

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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. It is great to hear that you took the chance to enjoy the beach atmosphere, the music and drinks before dinner. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island! Sharon C. Manager More

New York City, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I have to say that this is the best beach on Block Island. It is the most picturesque and also good for swimming. You can also eat at the restaurant here and there are many chairs and tables set up along the beach. There are also many bees here also so beware! If you want to swim or just lounge... 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 are sorry that there were so many bees around. After talking to other businesses on the island we heard that they were everywhere in force this year. I am glad to hear that otherwise you enjoyed the beach with all of its amenities, including the beach... More

Long Island, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is the beach you go to if you're looking for more of a party scene. We went in June and it was packed! Chairs on the beach as far as the eye could see. They have an indoor and outdoor bar, restaurant, live music and you can even rent chairs or lounges to sit on the beach. It's not... 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. I am sorry that you felt that the beach was too crowded for your tastes. We do clean the beach each evening and morning, so I am sorry that you felt that there was litter on the beach. I am glad that you were able to enjoy... More

Southington, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Hot spot for beach bums. Great service, usually during prime season you can be served a drink right from your towel.

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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. It is great to know that during the height of the season you are able to take advantage of the food and drink service on the beach. Also, don't forget that during the season we have live music every day!... More

Providence, Rhode Island
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Ballards is a great beach bar on Block Island. It is located right next to the ferry so even day trippers can enjoy the atmosphere. The inside restaurant is huge, open and airy with nice nautical decorations. The outside bar is fun with a long bar, tables and a stage for bands. Just off the outside bar is a great... 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, we always appreciate hearing from our guests. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your day on our beach. We are happy to be able to offer all of the amenities that we do, including live music, beach rentals, and food and drink service on the beach.... More

Agawam, Massachusetts, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

There is always something going on at Ballard's. Afternoon and evening musicians. Great outside bar. Great beach.

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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. It is great to hear that you enjoyed yourselves while you were here. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C. Manager More

Carmel, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

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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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 Ballard's Beach. We are sorry to hear that you felt the seafood was not fresh. We strive to exceed all of our guest's expectations and we are sad when we do not. I am also sorry that the beach felt too busy for you. We... More

New Fairfield, Connecticut
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 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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15 helpful votes 15 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

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