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Ballard's Beach

42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
Review Highlights
Noisy beach for drinking college kids

Great sand and views, but very crowded and noisy. Lots of drinking. People coming directly off the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Warwick, Rhode Island
Revisit after 50+ years

I worked at Ballard's in the summer of 1965 and this was my first revisit. Due to poor planning, I... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2017
Toronto, Canada
via mobile
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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.
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good30%
  • Average16%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“live music” (39 reviews)
“pineapple” (10 reviews)
“rent chairs” (14 reviews)
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great sand and views, but very crowded and noisy. Lots of drinking. People coming directly off the ferry looking to get wasted. Lots of young adults and craziness.

Thank lovetotravelthestars
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

I worked at Ballard's in the summer of 1965 and this was my first revisit. Due to poor planning, I arrived at Block Island 3 days after Ballard's was closed for the season. My disappointment was more than compensated by a rare sighting. A dead...More

Thank Caneast8228
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Walked out there last week on the breakwater on a lovely fall sunny day. On return did a walk on the beach which immediately fronts the closed patio. VERY SAD to see how much trash is on the beach mostly in the form of empty...More

Thank LJK0308
Reviewed 15 September 2017

We knew it would be a costly visit, but Ballard's is so convenient to the ferry terminal. Our last day, we biked from our house there and spent a good part of the day. Pros: beach chairs, food, drinks available. Cons: prices, and absolutely miserable...More

Thank TedPile
Reviewed 6 September 2017

$25 ferry ticket. $17 rental lounge chair. $11 mixed drinks. The view and the water were sooooo worth it. We'll be back. Note you do not need to rent a chair you can bring your own, we also brought sandwiches and water, they don't allow...More

Thank Sixtine D
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Close to the ferry landing but the crowds, live music and TVs made for too much activity for us. They were doing bag checks as you come on the property, not for weapons but to make sure no one was smuggling alcohol in. The menu...More

Thank mom2mggm
Reviewed 30 August 2017

To be fair, in my experience, there are both pros and cons to this beach. It's ideally located very near the pier & port so you can step off the ferry and walk here like we did and spend the day here if that's what...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Close to most Inns and hotels. Great beach, lots of food and all day live music. A great way to spend the day.

Thank leslieellen
Reviewed 21 August 2017 via mobile

An over crowded and over priced beach meat market. Where people have so much to drink that they don't notice how bad the bands are. The fries were good!

Thank E K
Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

This is a great place to watch the ferries come in and out, and to see the fishermen come in with their catches. It's nice to see the daily life!

Thank QuickWhitTravel
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Colleen P
10 September 2017|
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Response from Kimberli L | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, but I think yes
31 July 2017|
Response from John W | Reviewed this property |
You can bring water, but nothing alcoholic. They will look in coolers.
28 July 2017|
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Response from James P | Reviewed this property |
No fee to get on the beach