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Want to learn something on your summer vacation? First stop: Smuggler's Cove

By Sarah Nahabedian | Jul 18, 2013
Photo by: Joshua Jones

Everyone is looking for an escape. Whether it is from their work, their home, or life in general, they are looking to get away from the status quo. While some find peace in a good book, other’s find their serenity knee deep in ocean waves. They aren’t looking for paradise just an intimate spot to let all their worries disappear and what better place to do so then on an island, Block Island.  It’s small indeed, but upholds a homey characteristic with every ounce of charm you would expect from an island.

From biking and hiking nature trails, paddle boarding and parasailing, to bird banding to beach scavenger hunts, Block Island can offer adventures to every ambition around so I encourage you to discover more than just the state beaches and local shops. In fact, I encourage you to learn something new while you’re at it.

First stop: Smuggler’s Cove.  Visit me, a summer intern, at the Block Island Maritime Institute, aka BIMI. At the Institute, the staff of BIMI and I will teach your whole family about anything and everything island related. We have daily touch tanks that children of every age can see, feel, and hold creatures from the Great Salt Pond and you can even dissect a squid!  You can make art masterpieces with seaweed or braid your own sailor’s bracelet. We also host Tuesday evening seminars about everything from quahogs to ships to hurricanes. We make learning exciting and fun for the whole family and that is exactly what an escape should be, fun and exciting for everyone.

So come swim on by and let the current take control, you’ll never know where an opportunity might take you.

Rachel Frei

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