As the hub of Block Island transportation, Galilee sees the most tourist traffic. Though the Block Island Ferry (304 Great Island Rd.) also sails from Newport and Fall River, MA, the busiest boats come and go from this port. Get there early to ensure good parking, and spend that extra time strolling around and shopping for souvenirs.
George’s of Galilee (250 Sand Hill Cove Rd.) and Champlin’s Seafood (256 Great Island Rd.) are so close together they share a parking lot. Champlin’s, serving traditional New England clam shack fare since the 1930s, has an attached seafood market and a second-floor restaurant where almost all of the seating is outdoors (including the Channel Lounge where you can watch the boats go by). Founded in 1948, George’s has a walk-up window for beach snacks – they also offer service to your beach chair – and a full restaurant inside. Jimmy’s Portside Seafood Restaurant (321 Great Island Rd.), a few steps down the road, serves day-caught seafood in their large dining room and outdoor patio.
There’s a reason you see Point Judith calamari on every restaurant’s menu in Rhode Island: It’s simply the best. The state’s freshest, most coveted seafood is brought into this port. Get it right from the source at the fishing docks, where you can pick up lobsters, squid, clams, and whatever other seafood is fresh and in-season.
Salty Brine State Beach, named after one of Rhode Island’s most beloved radio and TV icons, is a little patch of shore that’s great for families. Catch some fish from a custom yacht with Seven B’s (30 State St.), plus whale watch with Frances Fleet (33 State St.), both operating at limited capacity.