Rhode Island Lighthouses:
Block Island Lighthouses Region

Block Island North lighthouse

Block Island is about 12 miles south of the Rhode Island mainland and about the same distance northeast of Montauk Point, New York. Block Island was a resort island for the wealthy and is still a major player for Rhode Island’s tourism industry today.

Two lighthouses were built on Block Island to guide shipping traffic, mariners and local fishermen along Block Island Sound entering and leaving the island.

Rhode Island Lighthouses on Block Island
You Can Drive or Hike To

Click any lighthouse image or link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.

Block Island North lighthouse

Block Island North Lighthouse

Block Island Southeast lighthouse

Block Island Southeast Lighthouse



Places to Visit on Block Island

Block Island is three miles across at its widest point and 7 miles long. It boasts 365 freshwater ponds and is home to over 200 endangered animal and plant species. Block Island is one of Rhode Island’s most popular attractions, with its unspoiled 19th century architecture, 17 miles of beaches, and over 30 miles of trails for hikers and bikes. The best ways to get around the island may be to first to leave your car at the ferry dock on the mainland, rent a taxi, moped, or horse, or just bike of hike your way around the island.

Beach with Cliffs One of the beaches, Crescent Beach, provides scenic biking trails that lead from Rodman’s Hollow to huge clay cliffs along the coastline.

The Mohegan Trail leads around the 200-foot cliffs of Mohegan Bluffs near Block Island Southeast lighthouse, with great views of the ocean and shoreline. To actually get to the beach, you'll have to walk down more than 140 stairs and climb over some rocks and boulders. Visitors will find the constantly growing outdoor gallery of rock “cairns” or rock sculptures nearby to explore.

Block Island Southeast Lighthouse has a small museum and is open to the public in the summer.

The two-mile Crescent Beach area consists of four beaches: Frederick J. Benson Beach, Scotch Beach, Mansion Beach, and Ballard’s Beach. Ballard’s beach is close to the ferry landing, and is a private beach for visitors who stay at Ballard’s Inn can enjoy. Here you’ll find live music and have your food and drinks from the restaurant delivered right to your beach chair.

Block Island North Lighthouse, is near the 127-acre Block Island National Wildlife Refuge. Block Island North light

Be wary that the hike to Block Island North Light is a few miles, with few amenities. Bring plenty of water, as Block Island North Lighthouse is not near any service areas.

With miles of open beaches you can fish from the beach, or take a charter boat leaving from New Harbor. Off the shoreline lie some of the world's finest and largest blue fin tuna, bluefish, swordfish, and marlin ever recorded.

The views of the beaches with their jutting expansive cliffs are worth the hike if you’re up for the 4-mile trek along the shoreline. cliffs along Block Island beach

You can also bike or rent motor vehicles to get there as well.

Enjoy the natural wonders of the 127-acre Block Island National Wildlife Refuge near Block Island North lighthouse. The shoreline area runs from Settler’s Rock to Sandy Point and Block Island North Light, and then on to Great Salt Pond. This is an ideal area for walking, bird watching, and enjoying breathtaking views. Setter's Rock marks the landing point of European settlers of Block Island in 1661. 

Visitors may find most of this island seems stuck in the 19th and early 20th centuries with its Victorian hotels, inns and B&B’s. The Empire Theater, built originally in 1882 as a roller skating rink, stands as one of the very few classic movie theaters remaining in the United States.


Block Island Ferry Service and Tours

Directions to Block Island Ferry Dock In Point Judith

Point Judith Lighthouse is a short distance from the ferry dock for those who want to explore the grounds.

From Route 95 North:

From Route 95 South:

Block Island Ferry
(401) 783-4613
Provides traditional and fast ferries to Block Island from Point Judith and Newport, RI.

Lighthouses: Point Judith, Newport Harbor, Ida lewis, and Castle Hill


Block Island Express and Cross Sound Cruises
Leaves out of New London, CT, and Orient Point, NY. From these two locations provide a fast ferry to Block Island, and has three lighthouse cruises with Cross Sound Cruises, the Classic Lighthouse Cruise, the Lights and Sights Cruise, and the Long Island Lights Cruise. Promotes special bicycle tours around Block Island.
Phone: (860) 444-4624 or (401) 466-2212 (Block Island)
Phone: (860) 444-4620 (Lighthouse Cruises)

Lighthouses: Watch Hill (RI), Avery Point (CT), New London Ledge (CT), New London Harbor (CT), Morgan Point (CT), Race Rock (NY), Little Gull (NY), North Dumpling (NY), Bug (NY), Orient Point (NY), Latimer Reef (NY) and Plum Island (NY)


Viking Ferry
In addition to providing fishing excrusions and charter services, they provide fast ferry service to Block Island from Montauk, NY
(631) 668-5700


Snappa Charters
Offers specific lighthouse tours around Narragansett Bay and to Block Island in addition to other adventure tours like sport fishing, whale watching, and shark tagging.

Mailing Address: 2 Congdon Dr., Wakefield, RI 02816
Boat Location: 33 State Street, Narragansett, RI 02882
Boat/Cell (401) 487-9044
Email: snappacharters@cox.net

Lighthouses: Block Island Southeast, Block Island North, Watch Hill, and Point Judith, Beavertail, Castle Hill, Lime Rock (Ida Lewis) Light, Newport Harbor, Rose Island, Prudence Island, Hog Island, Bristol Ferry, Conanicut Point, Poplar Point, Plum Beach, and Dutch Island, Sakonnet, Nayatt Point, Pomham Rocks, Conimicut, and Warwick Lighthouse.


Books to Explore

book of the rise and demise of the largest sailing ships

To order a signed paperback copy:

Available also from bookstores in paperback, hardcover, and as an eBook for all devices.

my ebook on apple books

The Rise and Demise of the Largest Sailing Ships: Stories of the Six and Seven-Masted Coal Schooners of New England

In the early 1900s, New England shipbuilders constructed the world’s largest sailing ships amid social and political reforms. These giants of sail were the ten original six-masted coal schooners and one colossal seven-masted vessel, built to carry massive quantities of coal and building supplies, and measured longer than a football field!

This book, balanced with plenty of color and vintage images, showcases the historical accounts that followed these mighty ships. These true stories include competitions, accidents, battling destructive storms, acts of heroism, and their final voyages.



My book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides lots of special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of additional indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours in the area, with contact info to plan your trip. I'll be happy to sign it for you here, or you'll find it in any fine bookstore.

Look inside!

book about lighthouses and local coastal atttractions in southern New England





New England Lighthouses: Famous Shipwrecks, Rescues & Other Tales

This image-rich book contains over 50 stories of famous shipwrecks and rescues around New England lighthouses, and also tales of hauntings.

You'll find stories of the female ghost that hates men and the Palatine ghost ship by Block Island Southeast Light, and the story of the sinking of the Larchmont and the survivors being cared for near Block Island North Light.

You'll find this book and my lighthouse tourism books from the publisher Schiffer Books, or in many fine bookstores like Barnes and Noble.



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