July 25 Sustainability Forum Field Trip: Tour the First US Offshore Wind Farm
Event Title: Tour the First US Offshore Windfarm via Vessel from Block Island, RI
Tour vessel: Block Island Ferry’s newest Hi-Speed ferry MV ISLANDER
Advance Registration is required for both the Ferry to Block Island and the Wind Farm tour, which is a separate purchase and a separate vessel. Registration links are below, under Location and Logistics.
Our Sustainability Forum is organizing a trip from Block Island, RI, to get an up-close, expert-guided tour of an offshore wind farm that generates enough power to meet most of the needs of New Shoreham, RI, also known as Block Island. We will be taking a one hour boat tour aboard Block Island Ferry’s newest Hi-Speed ferry, the MV Islander, on Wednesday, July 25 to see the 30 megawatt, five turbine Block Island Wind Farm. The ferry features two inside air-conditioned cabins, ample outside viewing areas and an upper sun deck. A local guide and wind farm enthusiast will be leading our tour around the wind farm.
Location and Logistics
Please note that the Block Island Ferry and the Wind Farm tour are separate purchases.
- Drive from Beverly area to Point Judith, RI – approx. 2.5 hours
- First Vessel: Ferry ride from Point Judith to Block Island (~$25/adult for round trip) – 1 hour
- Second Vessel: Wind Farm Tour (separate purchase) aboard MV ISLANDER departs Block Island at 3:45 pm – 1 hour
- Stay overnight on Block Island (you need to check ahead about available lodging); OR
- Return to Point Judith via ferry and stay overnight ashore
IMPORTANT: Everyone will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Block Island, but we encourage carpooling. You can make this a day trip or combine it with an overnight stay on beautiful Block Island for biking, hiking, beachgoing, etc. Or, stay locally in Point Judith or Narragansett for some spectacular beachgoing, dining and exploring Rhode Island’s beautiful coastal communities. Read on for some local recommendations.
Date and Time
Ends: flexible, depending on your own needs and interests
Purchase Block Island Ferry Tickets here.
Purchase Wind Farm Tour tickets here.
Dining, lodging and activity tips
Courtesy of native Rhode Islander and Sustainability Forum member Ed Alexander
George’s of Galilee (Galilee, RI, budget-friendly) – A short walk from the Ferry dock. Grab an outside top floor deck table and watch the main channel boat traffic while dining on some of the best “shore dinner” delights. Must try: clam cakes, fish tacos.
Spain (Point Judith) – reservations recommended; dine al fresco in a cozy private courtyard. Seafood, pasta and vegetarian dishes. Must try: sangria, fruitti de mare, osso bucco.
Ocean House (Narragansett Pier) – reservations recommended; spectacular ocean views from just about every table, indoors or outside on the deck.
Avoid: Aunt Carrie’s – they cook the french fries and clams in the same oil – a sacrilege.
Points of interest: Point Judith lighthouse; Ninegret Wildlife Sanctuary (hiking); state beaches at East Matunuck and Scarborough (very clean and well appointed, nominal fee) have some of the warmest ocean water in New England; Narragansett Pier beach is great for surfing, strolling the meandering cliffside walk, or just working on that neglected tan in the sand. Jamestown and Newport have many B&B, hotel, walking and dining options. Newport’s harbor has plenty of souvenir shops, dining options, and jaw-droppingly beautiful yachts, as well as intriguing historical mansion tours.
Kayaking at Middle River Bridge. For the hardy: paddle out to the mouth of Middle River and enjoy a secluded sandbar stopover picknick. Note the tide charts and paddle with the tide.