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Ballard's Beach

42 Water Street, New Shoreham, Block Island, RI 02807
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Very Fun

I visited here with my family. It's definitely an interesting place to visit. They have the best... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
via mobile
great place to eat drink and play at the beach

Last summer was my first visit to Ballard's. If you are playing tourist for the day, you mostly... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good31%
  • Average15%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“live music” (32 reviews)
“rent chairs” (12 reviews)
“pineapple” (8 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 4 weeks ago via mobile

I visited here with my family. It's definitely an interesting place to visit. They have the best tiki bar's & beautiful beach. The live entertainment was amazing & the crowd was unbelievable! I didn't even know this place existed. I MUST RETURN!

Thank ErinNJ1
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Last summer was my first visit to Ballard's. If you are playing tourist for the day, you mostly likely won't miss this place. My favorite aspect about this place is that you met all wakes of people, families, newlyweds, fisherman, and tourist. If you are...More

Thank sassypants1000
Reviewed 3 March 2017

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...More

Thank anndon2016
Reviewed 14 February 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...More

Thank notredamegoirish
Reviewed 6 November 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,...More

Thank scott9Caledon
Reviewed 7 October 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..

Thank Dave L
Reviewed 23 September 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...More

3  Thank Andrea N
Reviewed 17 September 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...More

Thank daxmurphy
Reviewed 9 September 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...More

1  Thank ktyanka
Reviewed 7 September 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...More

Thank ksks2011
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
I am coming on September 10th, are the tiki bars open and beach service still available?
22 August 2016|
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Response from LisaK1967 | Reviewed this property |
Many of Block Island's businesses are from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
can you bring your own beach chair?
25 July 2016|
Response from Ballards-Manisses | Property representative |
Yes of course you can. But we do rent chaise lounges, sand chairs and umbrellas.
Does Ballards still allow coolers with food on the beach? Saw a previous question but wanted to check for 2016. Thanks!
22 July 2016|
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Response from CHRIS N |
Answering my own question... brought cooler to Ballard's without a problem. They check the coolers at the entrance as you can only bring food and non-alcoholic beverages.