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While You're Here - Just for Fun

Just seven miles off the coast of Cape Cod, the island of Martha's Vineyard is a world of its own - a spirited place to spend carefree days with family and friends or enjoy time all to yourself. Explore picturesque harbors, magnificent beaches, historic towns, endless trails through moor and forest, outdoor farmers and artisan markets, or just sit in the sand and watch the sun set on another relaxing day on the island.

Learn more about all that Martha's Vineyard has to offer by selecting a link below! If you have any questions or would like additional information, don't hesitate to contact us.


Enjoy the Beaches of Martha's Vineyard

Aquinnah MA BeachesAquinnah

Lobsterville Beach (Public)

Two miles of calm north shore beach was known for its great fishing. Good for families, the swimming is beautiful but sometimes rocky at the water's edge. Limited parking.

Moshup Beach (Private)

An absolutely stunning beach with sugar sand and rolling surf under the Gay Head Cliffs. There is a drop-off area but drivers must park at the cliffs and walk about 10 minutes down a lovely path to the beach. Nude bathing allowed in some sections. Parking fee of $15.

Philbin Beach (Private)

Off Moshup's trail is for Aquinnah residents or renters only.

Chilmark MA BeachesChilmark

Vincent Beach (Private)

Beautiful south facing beach with good surf is open to Chilmark residents and tenants only. Need a beach sticker to park or walk on the beach. Nude bathing allowed in some sections.

Menemsha Public Beach (Public)

Located next to Menemsha Harbor. Great beach for kids and families as there is a lifeguard on duty and you can walk to shops and restaurants. This is a popular spot to take in a fabulous sunset but parking is limited.

Squibnocket Beach (Private)

Very popular for surfers and fisherman but access is limited to Chilmark town residents or renters until 5 pm.

Edgartown MA BeachesEdgartown - including Chappaquiddick & Katama

Bend in the Road Beach (Public)

Just outside of Edgartown on Beach Road. The beginning of Joseph Sylvia State Beach where the sand and the water are beautiful. Very popular for families with small children. Lifeguard on duty. Fuller Street Beach (Public) - Walking distance to town and tucked away at the end of Fuller Street near the lighthouse. Open to all.

East Beach (Public)

A long stretch of unspoiled beauty managed by The Trustees of Reservations. It's a hike to get there and there are no amenities nearby, but a perfect spot for those who enjoy getting away from it all. Admissions Fee.

Edgartown Lighthouse BeachWasque Point (Public)

Also managed by The Trustees of Reservation and a world-renowned fishing spot for blues and stripers, but be careful of occasional rip currents. For explorers, there are kayak tours offered in nearby Pocha Pond. Some places have riptides. Admissions Fee.

South Beach (Public)

This very popular destination offers three miles of beach, dunes and surf. Occasional rip currents can be dangerous but there are plenty of lifeguards. Ample parking open to the public. Vehicles with permits allowed on marked trails.

Oak Bluffs BeachesOak Bluffs

Eastville Beach (Public)

Located by the drawbridge between Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs. A popular fishing spot in the channel and on the jetty. Public parking.

Oak Bluffs Town Beach (Public)

A calm stretch of beach located by the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority and across from Ocean Park, walking distance from town. Open to all.

The Inkwell (Public)

Located right across from the Sea View condos. Parking at beach and at Waban Park.

Joseph Syliva State Beach (Public)

Three miles of calm, clear waters off of Beach Road between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. Parking on Beach Road.

Marinelli Beach (Public)

Located next to the East Chop Beach Club. Limited parking along East Chop Drive. Fairly long path to the beach.

Vineyard Haven BeachesVineyard Haven

Lake Tashmoo (Public)

Follow Daggett Ave. to end and take right at Herring Creek Road. Long dirt road ends at Tashmoo opening where there is a beach on Lake Tashmoo and also a north-facing beach on Vineyard Sound. Lifeguard on duty.

Owen Park Beach (Public)

Outer harbor beach and town dock located off Main Street at Owen Park. Walking distance to Main to town.

West Tisbury Beaches

West Tisbury Beaches

Lambert's Cove Beach (Private)

Located off of Lambert’s Cove Road and down a beautiful woodland path, this calm, north shore beach is for West Tisbury residents and renter only. Open to the public before 9 am and after 6 pm.

Long Point Beach (Public)

Managed by the Trustees of Reservations, this lovely beach offers swimming in the pond or on the south shore. Limited parking and the lot fills up before noon most summer days. Admission Fee.

There are many other beaches that are accessed by way of the Land Bank. See the Land Bank map on our website for information and directions.

Lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard

Lighthouse Information: mvmuseum.org/lighthouses.php

Martha's Vineyard West Chop LighthouseWest Chop Lighthouse

The West Chop Lighthouse was the Island's last manned light. The lighthouse was built in 1817, and in 1838, the wooden building was replaced by the present brick structure. It was moved back from the edge of the 60-foot-high bluff in 1848 and again in 1891. In recent times, the small caretaker's cottage at its foot has been occupied by Coast Guard personnel. Vineyard Haven's harbor has been recognized as a port of protection since 1645, and for 300 years it was one of the most important ports on the Atlantic coast. Originally called, "Holmes Hole," it acquired the name Vineyard Haven in 1871.

Martha's Vineyard East Chop Lighthouse

East Chop Lighthouse

The East Chop Lighthouse in Oak Bluffs stands on the site of one of the first telegraph signals, set up in 1828. Signals from Nantucket were received here and relayed on to Woods Hole, Bonnedale, South Plymouth, Duxbury, Marshfield, and Dorchester Heights. A series of raised and lowered arms and flags conveyed news about cargos of ships arriving at Nantucket. The first ship to be announced in this way was The Mercury, bringing in treasures from Sumatra. Jonathan Grout, Jr. set up the system but operated it only six years. In the mid-1800s, Captain Silas Daggett built a privately owned lighthouse on East Chop. It was funded by local merchants who sailed in the area and by some of the ships passing through. Many, however, refused to pay a fee after they arrived safely in port and this, too, lasted only six years.

In 1875, the U.S. government bought the lighthouse and its land for $6,000 and the present cast-iron structure was built on the cliff 79 feet above the sea. Until 1988, when it was painted white, the East Chop Light was fondly called the Chocolate Lighthouse, for its brown-red color.

Martha's Vineyard Edgartown LighthouseEdgartown Lighthouse

The original Edgartown Lighthouse was built in 1828, on a small man-made island in the Edgartown harbor. An Act of Congress allocated money to build it 1/4 mile from shore. Later, $5,500 was appropriated to complete the project and Seth Vincent was paid $80 for a right of way to the tower. For the first year, the only way to get to the light was by boat, but another $2,500 was allocated to build a foot bridge. 

The first structure was replaced in 1938 by one that was rafted to the Vineyard from Ipswich. Although the new light was placed on the original site, sand had filled in the area between the island and the mainland, and the current Edgartown Lighthouse stands on shore.
The Island sits in treacherous seas, with one tide coming in from Boston, affecting the south side of the Vineyard, and another from Rhode Island, affecting the north shore. There are reefs, rocks, and shoals, and the infamous Devil's Bridge off Aquinnah, which wrecked the steamship The City of Columbus on January 18, 1884, with the loss of 120 crew and passengers in the icy waters.

Martha's Vineyard Gays Head LighthouseGay Head Lighthouse

The Gay Head Lighthouse has always been perilously close to the ever-eroding cliffs. The red brick light was built in 1844 to replace a wooden tower authorized by President John Quincy Adams. In 1856, the marvelous Fresnel lens with its 1,009 prisms was installed, after having been proudly exhibited at the World's Fair in Paris. It is now preserved at the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society in Edgartown and is lighted every evening after dark throughout the year. 

The Gay Head, East Chop, and Edgartown Lighthouses are maintained by the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society under a 30-year lease with the United States Coast Guard. Each light has a large, fenced-in park area that makes a perfect place to relax and enjoy the island's view. The Gay Head and East Chop Lighthouses are open for sunset tours from late June through mid-September, from 1.5 hours before sunset to 0.5 hours after. The Gay Head Lighthouse is open Friday to Sunday; the East Chop Lighthouse just Sundays. Musicians and vocalists often perform impromptu. A $3 admission fee is requested for adults; children under 12 are admitted free.

Martha's Vineyard Cape Poge LighthouseCape Poge Lighthouse

The Cape Poge Lighthouse is by far the Island's most remote, built in 1801 when an Act of Congress appropriated $2,000 for it. A 4-acre site was purchased for $36 from Marshal Jenkins, Martin Pease, and Joseph Huxboro. 

The original lighthouse was made of wood and had a small caretaker's cottage. By 1838, the building was destroyed by the ravaging sea and rebuilt farther inland. It lasted only 50 years before the sea again claimed it and it was rebuilt, with a change from reflector lamps to red and white revolving prisms.

The sea would not be denied, and reclaimed the lighthouse in 1892. It was rebuilt as a 33-foot-tall tower that lasted only another 35 years.
The present white wooden structure was built in 1922, 55 feet high with a light visible for a distance of 12 miles. In 1985 it gained the distinction of being the first entire lighthouse to be moved by helicopter; in 1997, the lantern was again moved by helicopter for repairs. The lighthouse's present site is 300 feet from the ever-hungry sea.

Bicycling on Martha’s Vineyard

Many people are surprised when they discover Martha's Vineyard covers about 100 square miles. Biking the entire Island can be quite a challenge.

People who are occasional bikers will find plenty of exercise and wonderful sights by taking in bits of the "down-Island" route—Vineyard Haven to Oak Bluffs to Edgartown and back (roughly 25 miles round trip). This route is mostly flat and easier for children, as well as adults. More experienced riders can make the entire route or bike "up-Island" to Chilmark and Aquinnah. However, depending on the route, you can cover more than 20 miles—each way! Additionally, the terrain can be hilly and the roadway curvy.

There are no bike paths or streetlights for the major part of the "up-Island" route. Some easier options are to bus up and bike back or to use West Tisbury as your starting point.

Choosing to see the Island by bicycle is a great way to soak up the Vineyard’s character. Cycling also helps reduce auto traffic, preserves the environment, promotes fitness, and - best of all - is a lot of fun! More than 44 miles of bike trails and miles of roadways are available for cyclists to enjoy. While cycling is a great way to get around the Vineyard, there are certain things to be aware of, even if you are an experienced rider.

Provided by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Subcommittee of the Martha’s Vineyard Joint transportation Committee, c/o Martha’s Vineyard Commission, P.O. Box 1447, Oak Bluffs, MA, 02557.

Matha's Vineyard Bike Path Map

Hiking on Martha’s Vineyard

Hiking in Martha's VineyardMiles of breathtaking shoreline and acres of unspoiled land create a stunning backdrop for exploring the Island of foot. Together, the Trustees of Reservations, the Massachusetts Audubon Society, the Land Bank Commission and other supporters have helped preserve vast stretches of land for public enjoyment. This is just a small sampling of the trails on the Island.

Provided by www.marthas-vineyard.com

Waskosim's Rock Reservation, Chilmark

Stand atop one of the highest peaks on the Island, travel alongside a pretty brook and trek across foothills and valleys on this 184-acre preserve. Waskosim's Rock, atop a ridge with dramatic water views, is a remnant of glacier activity. A lightning bolt created the interesting fissure down the center. Many think the landmark resembles a breaching whale. Access: Follow North Road up island past the Chilmark-West Tisbury line. The reservation is on the left before the Tea Lane intersection.

Sepiessa Point Reservation, West Tisbury

Walking and horseback riding trails span this 164-acre preserve with stunning frontage on Tisbury Great Pond, Tiah's Cove and Tississa Cove. The Chilmark hills and a barrier beach on the Atlantic Ocean are also part of the gorgeous scenery. Sailing, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, shellfishing and bicycling opportunities abound. Access: Follow Edgartown Road to New Lane. Continue 1.2 miles down New Lane, which becomes Tiah's Cove Road, until you reach the on the right.

Cedar Creek Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, West Tisbury

Miles of trails lead you over hills, alongside brooks and bogs and to a wonderful rocky beach on Vineyard Sound overlooking the Elizabeth Islands. Access: Follow State Road up-Island. Turn onto Indian Hill Road and continue about 1.3 miles to Obed Daggett Road.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, Edgartown

Plants, birds, and animals inhabit this 200-acre preserve, featuring woodlands, grasslands, marshlands and fresh and saltwater ponds. The Sanctuary, run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, features an exhibition center and offers various programs throughout the season. There is a nominal admission fee. Access: Follow the Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road to the Felix Neck Signs.

Menemsha Hills Reservation, Chilmark

Follow this trail over Prospect Hill, where you'll be treated to dramatic views of the north and south coasts from the top of Great Sand Cliff. Avid hikers can also follow the trail down to the beach.Access: Off the north side of North Road, one mile east of Menemsha.

Wasque Reservation, Chappaquiddick

A wooden walkway leading to Wasque Point, one of the island's best fishing holes, is part of this lovely 200-acre preserve, surrounded by water on three sides. Miles of barrier beach, dramatic surf and the lovely Katama Bay, a great spot for clamming and windsurfing, make this a popular destination. The adjacent Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge features an additional 500 acres for birding, exploring and picnicking. Access: Take the ferry from Edgartown-Chappaquiddick. Follow the paved road from the dock. It becomes a dirt road, leading to the reservation.

Long Point Wildlife Refuge, West Tisbury

Although the bumpy and sandy road leading to this 633-acre preserve provides a bit of a challenge, once there the lush grassland, heathland, forests and secluded beach don't disappoint. Trails lead to Long Cove Pond, home to river otters and South Beach, a terrific place to cool off with a swim.Access: Off Waldon's Bottoms Road.

Manuel E. Correllus State Forest

Paved bike, nature, horse and hiking trails meander through this 5,146-acre preserve in the middle of the Island. Access: Airport Road.

Aquinnah Cliffs and Beach

A spectacular view awaits at the top of these 150-foot cliffs while miles of shoreline below invite walkers. Access: Take South Road west through town.

Fulling Mill Brook Preserve, Chilmark

Hike through woodlands brimming with blueberry and huckleberry bushes to one of the Island's highest peaks on this 46-acre preserve. Fulling Mill Brook is one of the best trout streams on the Island. Access: Middle Road toward Beetlebung Corner. The property is on the left, a half mile past the Tabor House Road intersection.

Christiantown Woods Preserve, West Tisbury

A charming chapel, old Indian burying ground and crumbling stone walls and foundations are sights along this lovely wooded trail. Access: Follow State Road to Indian Hill Road, where you'll see a sign for Christiantown about a half mile down on your right.

Sheriff's Meadow Sanctuary, Edgartown

A diverse flora and fauna accent this 17-acre sanctuary, featuring marshland, fresh and saltwater ponds, meadows and woodland. Access: From Main Street (near Cannonball Park), turn onto Pease's Point Way. Continue to Planting Field Way. The sanctuary is about .02 miles on the right.

Caroline Tuthill Wildlife Preserve, Edgartown

This often overlooked preserve along Sengekontacket Pond is an excellent place for birdwatching and berry picking. Access: From the Triangle Intersection, take the Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road about a half mile west.

Chappy Five Corners Preserve, Chappaquiddick

Flora and fauna of the forest and wetlands are part of this 27-acre preserve. Access: From the ferry dock, travel 3.3 miles on Chappaquiddick Road to the intersection of School, Wasque, and Litchfield Roads.

Mytoi, Chappaquiddick

This striking Japanese Garden features 14 acres of Japanese maple, holly and sweet gum and flowering beauties, such as azalea, rhododendron, and wild roses. The creek-fed pool with koi and goldfish is an added bonus. Access: From the ferry dock, follow Chappaquiddick Road for about 2.5 miles. At the bend in the road, continue straight on Dyke Road.

Poucha Pond Reservation, Chappaquiddick

Because of the large pond filled with fish and crustaceans, birds love this 99-acre reservation. Access: From ferry dock, follow Chappaquiddick Road for about 3.8 miles. At Wasque Road, turn left.

Tisbury Meadow, Wompesket and Ripley's Field Preserves, Tisbury

Trails connect these three preserves with trails over 150 acres of woodland, marshland, meadows and grasslands. Access: Tisbury Meadow Preserve is located off State Road, about 1.5 miles from the Steamship Authority Wharf. Reach Wompesket from the Mai Fane house on the Tisbury Meadow Preserve. Ripley's Field is on John Hoft Road.

Pecoy Point Preserve, Oak Bluffs

This 14.3-acre preserve includes 1,000 feet of frontage on Sengekontacket Pond. Access: Located directly across from Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary.

Martha's Vineyard Museums & Attractions

Martha's Vineyard Flying Horses CarouselFlying Horses

The oldest operating carousel in the country, flying horses represents the birth of Martha’s Vineyard as a tourist destination. Originally built in Coney Island in 1876, the horses made the trip to Martha’s Vineyard in 1884 and have been a permanent fixture since. The property is now owned and managed by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. Website: www.mvpreservation.org

Martha's Vineyard MuseumMartha’s Vineyard Museum

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is the Island's largest repository of cultural artifacts, historic photographs, archival records, and genealogical records. The museum strives to broaden awareness and access to the Island's history and shared memory. Come join us and discover our past and present and participate in the museum’s numerous summertime activities. Website: www.mvmuseum.org/

Oak Bluffs CampgroundOak Bluffs Campground

Nestled within the heart of Oak Bluffs are over 180 small cottages that make up the “Campgrounds.” Evolved from tents & mail-order catalogs, these cottages represent a completely different era and are preserved by private owners and the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association. Phone: 508-693-0525 or Website: www.mvcma.org

Martha's Vinyeard Mytoi GardenMytoi Garden

This wonderfully designed Japanese-Style garden is peacefully located within the pine forest of Chappaquiddick. Walking through the property is a vacation within your vacation and is not to be missed. The Mytoi Garden is easy to reach when on bike-friendly Chappaquiddick. Phone: 508-627-7689 or Website: www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/cape-cod-islands/mytoi.html

Colonial Edgartown

It's the seat of Dukes County and the largest town on Martha’s Vineyard. Get lost on its picturesque streets and drift away to the age of Whaling Captains & nautical legends. Stand at the steps and marvel the dominating Whaling Church, shop unique boutiques and dine on world-class cuisine. Edgartown has it all.

Martha's Vineyard Polly Hill ArboretumPolly Hill Arboretum

This year-round arboretum is the work of renowned horticulturist Polly Hill. Sitting on over twenty acres of land, the arboretum is home to nearly 1700 different types of plants including the famous “North Tisbury Azalea.” Polly Hill is open year round. Phone: 508-693-9426 or Website: www.pollyhillarboretum.org

Up-Island Stonewalls

A trip up-island to Chilmark and Aquinnah is a must and the scenery sells itself. Escape the crowds and take a trip along North, Middle, or South Roads through West Tisbury and Chilmark and take in all the rural delights and perhaps the finest scenery in New England. The boundary-marking stone walls, rolling hills, and sea views will no doubt take your breath away.

Martha's Vineyard Land Bank Commission LogoMartha’s Vineyard Land Banks & Open Spaces

Martha’s Vineyard is not only a destination for shopping & dining. In fact, the island is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Land banks boast miles of trails, kayaking ponds and room for your four-legged friends to roam. Phone: (508) 627-7141 or Website: www.MVLandBank.com

Aquinnah Cultural CenterAquinnah Cultural Center

Take a stroll around and learn about the island’s indigenous past. Meet Moshup and experience 10000 years of legends on Noepe (Martha’s Vineyard). 
Website: www.WapanoagTribe.net

The Arts on the Island

Vineyard Fine Art - a resource for art patrons, appreciators, art galleries, and other artists to find and connect with visual artists living, working, and inspired by the Island of Martha's Vineyard. Provided by http://www.vineyardfineart.com/

Ovid Osborn Ward ArtistOvid Osborn Ward

Shown at:
Homes on Martha's Vineyard in Edgartown
North Water Street Gallery in Edgartown
Phone: 508-627-7205
Website: www.OvidWard.com  

Alison Shaw Gallery

88 Dukes County Ave.
Oak Bluffs, MA 02556
Phone: 508-696-7429
Website: www.alisonshaw.com/

Martha's Vineyard Art Association Old Sculpin Gallery and Studio School

58 Dock Street
Edgartown, MA 02539
Website: www.marthasvineyardartassociation.org/  

Dragonfly Gallery

91 Dukes County Ave.
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Phone: 508-693-8877
Website: www.mvdragonfly.com  

Periwinkle Studio 

92 Dukes County Ave.
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Phone: 508-696-8304 

Art Connections

Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 
Phone: 508-693-5444

Gay Head Gallery - The Rare & Endangered

P.O. Box1134 
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Phone: 508-645-2776  

The Granary Gallery at the Red Barn 

636 Old County Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Phone: 508-693-0455 
Website: www.granarygallery.com  

The Christina Gallery, Inc

32 North Water Street
Edgartown, MA 02539
Phone: 508-627-8794
Website: www.christina.com/  

Four Generations Art

P.O. Box 1401
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Phone: 508-693-5501 
Website: www.fourgenerationsart.com  

Kennedy Studios/Island Art Gallery & Framing

66 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: 508-693-3948
Website: www.kennedystudiosmv.com  

Martha's Vineyard Glassworks 

683 State Road
West Tisbury, MA 02575
Phone: 508-693-6026
Website: www.mvglassworks.com  

Featherstone Center for the Arts, Inc

Barnes Road
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
Phone: 508-693-1850
Website: www.featherstoneart.org  

Night Heron Gallery

58 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: 508-696-9500 

Peter Simon Photography and Simon Gallery 

54 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: 508-693-1701 
Website: www.petersimon.com  

Barney Zeitz, Artist 

67 Deer Hill Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: 508-693-9421
Website: www.bzeitz.com  

Louisa Gould Photography & Gallery 

54 Main Street
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Phone: 508-693-7373
Website: www.louisagould.com