Now first of all, the job of a ferry is to get you from point "A" to point "B"; this isn't the Love Boat or Carnival Cruises (thank goodness!). BUT, I have to say that the experience on the BI Ferry was much nicer than it needed to be. The trip takes 50-60 minutes and is very enjoyable on its own. You can sit on the top deck or inside on the mezzanine, even grab a snack at the snack bar. We recently went over and back with an elderly person and a dog, and all did well, although the dog almost got seasick on the way over--it was quite choppy that day; remember your Dramamine for any human or pet prone to motion sickness. (The ride back was smooth as glass and no issues!) We also brought a car. If bringing a car, you need to make reservations well in advance, as there is a limit to how many will fit. Do it as soon as you make your plans--several months ahead, if possible, to assure you'll have a spot. You will have to buy tickets for the passengers as well, which does not have to be done at the same time; you can do that at the walk-up window the day of your trip--the fee for bringing a car does not cover its occupants. And yes, you do have to BACK your vehicle onto the Ferry, but attendants are there to guide you. If you are not skilled in reverse (as I observed someone who was NOT, heehee), the attendants will do it for you! Bringing a car over is expensive, but everything about Block Island is, and cars are not particularly encouraged on the island so it is a way of financially discouraging you from doing so--with an elderly person in my party, however, it was a necessity for me. The ferries run promptly, so arrive about an hour in advance as suggested on the website. The ferry is dog-friendly, but you must keep your dog leashed and off the seats, which is also stated on their website--there is no fee for your dog. Their website is a good place to start to educate yourself on how it all works; they have a good FAQ section and other information to help you through. Everyone on the phone and on the docks were very helpful too. Even the dock bathrooms were sparkling clean! In all, I found the Block Island Ferry to be a very pleasant and restful experience--your Block Island vacation begins with the Ferry ride!
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