well the ferry is a great place to go to make it to Long Island from CT but i have to say i was a nervous wreck. We had 3 small children at the time and each child had to peer over the sides of the boat to watch the water. If i could have stayed in my car under the boat i would have been happy. We did have a good time( away from the edge of the boat) walking around and eating the food. We met a few people and enjoyed the indoor sections. Well i did :) It is an experience . Make sure you get there early enough because once the boat fills up with cars they will not allow more. We tried to be one of the last people/cars on so we could be the first off. It was not very expensive and it does shave off a few hours getting into NY
The Block Island Ferry in Rhode Island provides service to Block Island on either traditonal (1 hour)or high speed ferries (30minutes) from Galilee.
The ferry is easily accessed from the parking areas which surround the port in Galilee. They typically charge between 5 and 10 dollars for all day parking if you plan to spend the day on the island. There is no free parking. Same day round trip tickets for adults are $25 and kids 5-11 $15.
It is important to book your reservation on the ferry early for summer travel as the boats fill up quickly although there are usually some walk on spots available. The ferry can also accomodate bikes and vehicles so be sure to check the website if that is your wish.
I have to say that the traditional ferry to Block island was one of the first ferry rides on the ocean that I experienced more than 20 years ago. It did not make me a fan of ferry services. For some reason this ferry ride is one I look forward to the least as I typically get seasick on this boat. I am not sure if it is a learned response a la Pavlov's dog, or if this area of the ocean is particlualry rough, but I always end up sick. I suggest anyone with a propensity of seasickness be sure to take your meds!
All that unpleasantness aside , I am not deterred from visiting Block Island. It is an unpoiled island with few people and few cars. There are restaurants and inns along the beaches and historical sites awating your discovery. It is a special adventure for kids who are old enough for hiking or biking.
There is no confusion as to where to go when boarding the ferry at either Galiliee or Block Island. There are plenty of seats available and snacks can be purchased at the concession stand. The seats on the ferry are not the comfy upholstered type we have expereinced on other ferries, but they are spacious and there are booth tables to sit at to enoy your snack or sit scross from your familiy members to plan your day.
Inexplicably there are adults that let their children roam freely on the boat. Please be sure to watch your children carefully to avoid accidents.
Disclosure: My family and I were provided complimentary tickets for the ferry so we could explore Block Island. I was not required to express any particular opinion and all views are my own.