One does not need a fat wallet to enjoy all that Block Island has to offer..... the best outdoor activities are free and you will not feel as though you have been shortchanged at all!

For starters, you may want to plan ahead and bring your own bike along to avoid rental bike fees.  If you are really looking to cut costs, you could consider packing a picnic lunch to bring along.  Don't forget your beach towel, sunscreen, walking shoes and will need them all.

1)  Hike.  There are over 27 miles of hiking trails on Block Island.  The Greenway Trails are located in all sections of the island and incorporate moderate to easy hikes through both grassy fields and wooded areas with great views all around.  Just about 45% of the island is conserved property owned by either the Block Island Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife.

2) Bike.  There are miles and miles of both paved and dirt roads available to bike on and the beautiful views are endless.  There are two lighthouses to see in addition to all of the other historic sights.  Take your bike south to the Southeast Lighthouse, check out the lighthouse as it is free to walk through (you have to pay a fee to go up the tower), bike just 100 yards further on to Payne Overlook where you can walk down the 200+ stairs to the bottom.  Continue west again and follow the loop around, then down the hill at the airport and into New Harbor.

If you decide to go to the North Lighthouse, head east along Beach Ave. until you get to Corn Neck Road, then turn left (north) and continue to the end of the road (about 4 1/2 miles).  Explore the great beaches, check out the monument to the original settlers and enjoy the unspoiled views over the bird sanctuary.

3)  Swim.  Block Island has over 17 miles of coastline beaches.  All of the beaches are public and there are no parking fees.  There are bike racks at the entrance to each beach path.  There are lifeguards at the Fred Benson Town Beach pavilion.  There are also bathrooms and showers at this location.

4)  Picnic.  Negus Park, located behind the Police and Fire Station, has picnic tables and offers a nice shady spot for family picnics.  The beach is also a great spot.  Please just remember to take your garbage with you.

5)  Farm.  The Abrams animal farm on Spring Street is a fantastic place to visit and it is entirely free.  The farm is home to a number of very unusual animals including a zedonk (half zebra and half donkey), camels, emus, llamas, fainting goats, a Scottish yak, alpaca, etc.  The farm is located on Spring Street, only 1/4 mile from town, it is free and open to the public.

6)  Yarn.  Next door to the animal farm is the North Light Fibers.  At NLF they raise alpaca, then use their wool to produce beautiful yarn for knitting.  They offer informative tours of the mill at no charge.

7)  Window Shop.  The shops are full of fun, summery items which are free to look at.  Check them out.

8) Learn.  The Island Free Library has a large selection of books about the island.  They have the best internet service on the island, a Skype room, children's programs, book clubs, a teen room, a keyboard, a wide selection of books, movies, music and magazines for circulation.  It is also air conditioned and has two public bathrooms.  The library has won the five star award for the last five years in a row.

9)  Marine science.  The Block Island Maritime Institute has touch tanks which are full of local sea life.  This is a great way to see all of the crabs, fish, lobsters, jellyfish, mollusks, sea cucumbers and other marine life that lives in the Great Salt Pond. ( They are called "touch tanks", but you should leave the touching to the BIMI staff. )

10) Play.  The Ball-O'Brien Park and Playground is located in New Harbor.  The park has two playground structures, see-saws and other play pieces.  There is a skate board park, basketball court, two tennis courts and a picnic shelter (to be built in 2014) and barbeque area. 

11)  Explore.  The Nature Conservancy offers different educational hikes each day of the week during the season.  Some are trail walks and some are around the Great Salt Pond.  The Nature conservancy also does beach clean ups every two weeks.  Check the local paper for the schedule when you arrive.