Martha’s Vineyard General Attractions
Don’t miss Aquinnah with its picturesque cliffs, beaches, and Native American Tribal grounds and West Tisbury with a winery and strawberry and llama farms. For culinary delights, there are several inexpensive diners and restaurants for breakfast or lunch, however dinners can be rather expensive. And all of the towns, except Edgartown and Oak Bluffs, are dry. They do not serve or sell alcohol, although it is customary and acceptable to bring your own.
Aquinnah Cliffs and Beach
DESCRIPTION: A spectacular view awaits you at the top of these 150-foot cliffs along with Gay Head Lighthouse; down below are miles of interesting rock formations and beach shoreline below that invites walking and relaxing views of sunrise and sunset.
ADDRESS: Gay Head in the western edge of Martha’s Vineyard
East Chop Lighthouse
DESCRIPTION: Fondly called the Chocolate Lighthouse, for its brown-red color, it stands on the site of one of the first telegraph signals, set up in 1828.
ADDRESS: Highland and East Chop Drives merge on Nantucket Sound, Oak Bluffs
DESCRIPTION: Serves southern style breakfast and lunch from May-October.
ADDRESS: 26 Lake Avenue
The Flying Horses Carousel
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1876, it is the oldest operating platform carousel in the country.
ADDRESS: Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs
Old Whaling Church
DESCRIPTION: This magnificent structure, erected in 1843, is a wonderful example of Greek Revival architecture and today, the building serves as a 500-seat performing arts center. Tours include the Dr. Daniel Fisher House and Vincent House Museum.
ADDRESS: 89 Main Street, Edgartown
Vineyard Museum & Historical Society
DESCRIPTION: Dedicated to keeping alive the history, natural history, and art of Martha’s Vineyard; the Society cares for over 33,000 pieces of Island history.
ADDRESS: School Street at Cook Street, Edgartown
Old Schoolhouse Museum
DESCRIPTION: The Island’s first schoolhouse, now owned by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust, dates to 1829.
ADDRESS: 110 Main Street, Vineyard Haven
Seamen’s Bethel Museum
DESCRIPTION: For over a century, local and traveling sailors have visited this Bethel; today, the building serves as a museum for maritime artifacts, including early photographs of Vineyard Haven.
ADDRESS: 15 Beach Street, Vineyard Haven
West Chop Lighthouse
DESCRIPTION: Built in 1817, it was the island’s last manned lighthouse for the Vineyard Haven Harbor, which for 300 years was the most important port on the Atlantic Coast; Vineyard Sound,
ADDRESS: Western End of Main Street, Vineyard Haven
William Street Historic District
DESCRIPTION: Today, many of the grand homes built by sea captains are part of the town’s historic district.
ADDRESS: Vineyard Haven