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Located only about 13 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, Block Island is an attractive mix of magnificent beaches, breathtaking vistas, 250-foot-high cliffs plunging into the ocean, over 32 miles of scenic hiking trails, rich history, and exciting night scene. The island is tiny, only 3 by 7 miles, but has over 50 stores and artisanal shops, numerous art galleries, gourmet restaurants, and charming cafes. Besides hanging out on the beach, visitors can go bike riding, horseback riding, hiking, birdwatching, fishing, snorkeling, kayaking, parasailing, and sailing. The island is known for its iconic 1800s red-brick Southeast Lighthouse, which is perched atop the dramatic cliffs of Mohegan Bluffs. On the island’s northern tip is the 1867 North Lighthouse and Sachem Pond, a birdwatchers’ paradise with flocks of gulls and swallows. The Block Island National Wildlife Refuge protects migratory songbirds that visit the island every year.
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