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Ballard's Beach

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Address: 42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
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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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Great Beach... Mostly

I have been coming to the island since forever and Ballard's is very small and crowded but the water is crystal clear and the sand is so soft and there is no rocks or shells you... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Saint James, New York
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Saint James, New York
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been coming to the island since forever and Ballard's is very small and crowded but the water is crystal clear and the sand is so soft and there is no rocks or shells you would step on. Even though you have to go through Ballard's restaurant to get to the beach because you cant go over the the... More 

Thank anndon2016
Coventry, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 13, 2017

Nice sandy beach and crystal clear water. You can order food and drinks to be delivered to you on the beach or eat at their restaurant. They have a good size menu with options for everyone and the prices are reasonable. The staff on the beach and in the restaurant are very friendly and attentive. On certain days they offer... More 

Thank notredamegoirish
Caledon, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

Ballard Beach has great white sand and clear, calm water for you to enjoy. Many people swimming, tanning or playing beach sports all day. In August, the crowd was mainly teen/college age. There is a full service restaurant (clothing required) and an outdoor licensed bar, both at a premium price. Try the Dell's frozen lemonade in a pineapple from the... More 

Thank scott9Caledon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

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..

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Brooklyn, New York
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

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 

3 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 

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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.

1 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.

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Taunton, Massachusetts
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116 reviews
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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 

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