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Ballard's Beach

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Address: 42 Water Street, 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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Went to Block early week for am overnight. Ended up spending most of it at Ballards. Great beach, several bars right on the beach and live music in the afternoon. You have to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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New England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Went to Block early week for am overnight. Ended up spending most of it at Ballards. Great beach, several bars right on the beach and live music in the afternoon. You have to purchase your alcohol there but not surprised. They have cabanas, chairs and umbrellas to rent and they accept debut cards. Drinks and food were pricy but $10... More 

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Billerica, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I was here for a company outing so not sure on the cost of anything because we all got in for free! But there was DJ who played music all afternoon and plenty of good looking waitstaff all day long to take you r orders!

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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 are happy to hear that you enjoyed your outing at Ballard's and that the service was good. We hope to see you the next time you are on the island! Sharon C. Manager More 

Yonkers, New York
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59 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Located to the far left when you exit the ferry, Ballard's has the best beach scene by far. The bar is the biggest I've scene anywhere. We enjoyed a terrific lunch from a vast assortment of choices. Our waiter was from Hungary but spoke perfect English and was a lot of fun. If you stay somewhere else, do yourself a... 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, we always appreciate hearing from our Guests. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your lunch at Ballard's. We are always striving to make every experience as enjoyable as possible. Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed the variety and the service. We hope to see you... More 

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40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015 via mobile

Beauty of a beach, but Balards won't allow u to take a cooler on the beach, so u have to go to the rock wall and drink what ever, they can't tell u not to, if the drinks weren't so expensive I would not complain, the state beach is much better

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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 were not happy with our Alcohol Policy. I do want to clarify, you are allowed to bring a cooler on our beach, you are just not allowed to bring your own alcohol. Coolers with food and Non-Alcoholic beverages, such as water, are... More 

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40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

Block island is a place you want to see, and spend a day,it's like a tropical island, bucket list material ( promise)

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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 you feel that the portion sizes are no longer consistent with the prices. We feel that we have stayed comparable with other establishments on the island. I am happy to hear that you enjoy our beach and feel that others should take the... More 

Connecticut
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107 reviews
43 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Cannot even describe the great joy of off-season moseying on Ballard's Beach - no one around, early~morning trekking down sand dunes, sun, after-storm air - okay, a little chilly but solitary, clean, quiet, save the whisper of the wind and the slapping of the waves - who could ask for anything 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. Glad to hear that you enjoy the beach in the off season. It is a nice beach to meander along and get lost in thought. We hope to see you again the next time you are on the island. Sharon C.... More 

Westchester County, New York
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103 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

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 

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

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