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Ballard's Beach

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Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
Phone Number: 14014662231
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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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Are we in the Caribbean?

Ballards (Hotel and Restaurant) is very welcoming to day trippers and all who want to venture onto its little slice of sand heaven. You can rent chairs,umbrellas and even cabanas... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 17, 2016
Holden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean Beach, Clear Water, and nice place to go. No personal alcohol is allowed to be brought on the beach, but can be purchased from the Bikini clad waitress that delivers it to your beach chair. Food and drinks are on the expensive side..

Thank Dave L
Brooklyn, New York
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25 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My family used to love going to Ballards every year and enjoying the large restaurant, the friendly owners, and their lobster family-style. Not anymore. It's sad that this place has turned into such an unhealthy drinking scene. So many tourists and day-trippers head directly here right off the boat, spend the day getting drunk, and don't even get to see... More 

1 Thank Andrea N
Holden, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

Ballards (Hotel and Restaurant) is very welcoming to day trippers and all who want to venture onto its little slice of sand heaven. You can rent chairs,umbrellas and even cabanas or bring your own. There is a beach bar and indoor/outdoor dining options. My drink was decently priced compared to other island spots. Nice restroom where you can change and... More 

Thank daxmurphy
Waterford, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2016

We were there Saturday. Beach was very party crowded. Not my type of beach. You can rent umbrellas and lounge chairs, which are very pricey. The beach guard checks your cooler or bag, or if your cooler or bag have alcohol then you are not permitted to the property.

Thank ktyanka
Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Had a great day lying on the beach and drinking Del Shandys! They offer beach chairs and umbrellas for rent at a reasonable price. Outstanding waitstaff that comes right on the beach. Like being away on vacation for a day. Can't wait to go back and highly recommend.

Thank ksks2011
Taunton, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

We have been coming to BI every year for a while now, and all I can say is someone obviously opened the flood gates to another element....Ballards use to have great bands and a crowd that was fun and energetic, on a Saturday it seems more like some "Sleazefest" will stay away on peak days in the future as during... More 

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Ballards-Manisses, Owner at Ballard's Beach, responded to this review

Len we have the BEST customers in the world and they are not "sleazy." Ballards offers a casual unpretentious experience and we welcome everyone. Steven C. Filippi Owner More 

Stony Point, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

This is the party beach on the island! Music is always playing (either live or recorded) and there is something for everyone. There is a tiki bar right on the sand as well as a large bar on the premises. They will serve you drinks and food on the beach and you can rent large tents for large groups or... More 

Thank Angie C
Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

I did not know what to expect when I decided to visit Block Island. OMG,it was so beautiful! The sand was so white and so soft under my feet that I wanted to just lay down and sleep as soon as I walked on. Then i got into the water and it was warm and the tides was rolling all... More 

Thank Bran T
Stratford, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

I've been visiting BIRI for years. As my son gets older and older, he LOVES the surf on Ballard's Beach. (Note: it is NOT suitable for very young children... I've seen adults get knocked over and unable to get up as they keep getting bashed down by the waves!) They have tables, chairs, umbrellas - and even boogie boards that... More 

Thank Kim H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for the feel of being on vacation with just a day trip, then Ballards is the place for you. There are chairs, umbrellas, and cabanas to rent with servers on the beach. On the week days this is a great place to take your kids. There are lifeguards and great waves. Just make sure you leave... More 

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