Martha's Vineyard Things to Do

  • The Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs
    The Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs
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  • Ocean Park in the town of Oak Bluffs
    Ocean Park in the town of Oak Bluffs
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    What to Do on Martha's Vineyard

    by ParisSunset Updated May 27, 2006

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    Whenever friends come to visit the Island, if they haven't been here before I always try to show them some key areas:
    1.) Oak Bluffs (gingerbread houses at the Tabernacle, Circuit Ave., Ocean Park, the beach, the O.B. Harbor, etc.) Plenty of souvenir shops there too.
    2.) Tisbury, AKA Vineyard Haven: Coastwise Wharf (which is just the dock next to the Black Dog tavern restaurant, frequented more by touists than locals), shopping downtown
    3.) Drive through West Tisbury, stop at Alley's General Store if they want to, walk around the Maley Gallery across the street, and head up to Chilmark to the small fishing village of Menemsha. The HomePort restaurant has great lobster and it's cheaper if you order takeout through their back door. You can walk down to the beach & watch the gorgeous sunsets. There are also 2 seafood stores, and cute burger/clam joints in the area.
    4.) Drive up through pretty, hilly Chilmark to Aquinnah (formerly Gay Head) and check out the clay cliffs and the Gay Head Light. There are some Wampanoag souvenir shops at the top of the hill, along with fast food take out spots and one indoor/outdoor restaurant.

    Best public beaches: South Beach in Edgartown, Gay Head Beach in Aquinnah. Family BBQ's usually take place along the State Beach between Oak Bluffs & Edgartown.

    Need a grocery store? Best prices I've seen are at Reliable in Oak Bluffs. Best variety in general is Stop & Shop in Edgartown, and best health food stores I've found are at Cronig's/Supernatural/Healthy Additions in Vineyard Haven.

    You'll either need a car to get around (which is very expensive to bring on the boat) or take the bus. There are plenty of buses. You can bike ride but I do not suggest it. Whatever you do, please DO NOT RIDE MOPEDS on the Vineyard! Its ver dangerous.

    Be safe & have fun!

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    The Gingerbread Houses

    by RhondaRuth Written Oct 31, 2003

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    Gingerbread House

    At the turn of the century, Oak Bluffs was the summer destination place for thousands of vacationers. Originally known as Cottage City, this charming Victorian seaside community bustled with activity then, as it does now

    The Methodist Campground area, established as a religious summer retreat in 1835, provided a unique experience for visitors for many years. Hundreds of imaginative and colorful gingerbread cottages, decorated with flowery window boxes and enhanced by elegant porches, were everywhere and have become a focal point of a visit to Oak Bluffs.

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    Flying Horses

    by RhondaRuth Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Flying Horses are inside

    Built in 1876, the oldest operating platform carousel in the country is registered as a National Historical Landmark. There are twenty-two wooden horses with real horse hair—and of course, a brass ring to catch.

    The carousel is open from Easter Saturday through Columbus Day (schedule varies). Rides are only $1.00, and if you are lucky enough to catch the brass ring, you get a free ride! In addition to the carousel, video games are available as well as refreshments, including popcorn, cotton candy, slush, and soft drinks.

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    Clay Cliffs

    by shohman Written Oct 12, 2003

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    Try to spend an Afternoon on the beach at Gay Head. Buses will take you, and be warned 1/2 of the beach is a nude beach. There are magnificent clay cliffs and there is nothing like covering your body in clay and rinsing off in the (very cold) ocean.

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    The Resort Town of Oak Bluffs

    by RhondaRuth Updated Oct 29, 2003

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    On the edge of Oak Bluffs

    Oak Bluffs offers a super selection of things to do to keep the whole family happy during their stay. There are public beaches where you can relax and swim in the beautiful waters of Vineyard Sound; charters for those who love to fish; bikes and mopeds for those who want to get out and see the Island; and spas and fitness for those who want to relax and recharge. Then, when your day is through, find a nightlife listing for the best places after dark on Martha’s Vineyard.

    We weren't there over night and it was only one day, but I can give you a tour of what we saw for the day. It was cloudy and windy, but still a nice day!

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    Dollhouses--in real life!

    by londonlover Written Jul 27, 2003

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    Aren't they cute?

    There is a circular street just of the main strip of shops in Oak Bluffs, where a collection of the cutest little colorful houses surrounds an outdoor Methodist meeting place. There used to be tents here years ago, when the Methodists gathered in Martha's Vineyard every year for a retreat. Since then, the tents have been converted into these tiny well-kept houses, where people still live!

    Oak Bluffs is the only year-round town on the island, so those who live here all the time have to come to Oak Bluffs for all their shopping and gas, etc.

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    Gays Head Cliffs

    by londonlover Written Jul 13, 2003

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    Colorful cliffs

    There is only one road into and out of this scenic outlook, and there's not much to see besides the cliffs themselves. However, it's worth the drive--the cliff's rock is multi-colored, with deep reds, yellows, and greens swirled through it.

    It is called Gays Head because sailors would look for the gay, colorful rocks as they sailed to shore.

    The area is accessible by car, or by taking the bus tour of the island that starts in Oak Bluffs. They let you off for about 15 minutes to take pictures and enjoy the view, which is all the time you really need.

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    Do it on a bike -

    by Pawtuxet Updated May 5, 2003

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    Highly recommend that you bring or rent a bike on Martha's Vineyard. You can visit several towns...go to the beach...no worries about parking. We got to spend plenty of time on side streets and breathtaking views of the ocean along the way. You get to enjoy the scenery much more on a bike than in a car.

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  • Katama General Store - Edgartown, Ma

    by Gozi Updated Aug 7, 2007

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    Katama General Store

    Katama General Store is a quaint little store with a gourmet twist. Its in a great location with easy access. Its a perfect last stop before heading to South Beach in Edgartown. The food is fresh, offerings are more diverse and include unusual gifts, party-platters, home-cooked meals, household accessories and ready-to-go Vineyard entertaining solutions. Great place for vacationers who want to have an enjoyable time and stay out of the kitchen. You can go in for lunch or take-out. The main grocery store in town can get incredibly busy so avoid the mainstream and head into Katama General Store where you can find everything you need without the hassle. Party catering is also available.

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    Boaters can find their passions

    by Pawtuxet Written Dec 14, 2008

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    Some of the pleasure craft around the island is quite luxurious and I'm sure that if you wanted to dock your boat it would be pricey.... but rest assured there are a ton of options.. and lots of coastline.
    You might also check out their mini cruises... an evening tour?

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    All Island Taxi

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 25, 2006

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    The lighthouse, a highlight of the tour
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    This company has a fleet of buses and minivans, and offers tours of the island. It's a great way to see the sights, in a reasonable time, and at a good price. If you're just visiting for the day, this is the way to go.

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    Ferry from Falmouth to Martha's Vineyard

    by Tom_Fields Written Sep 17, 2005

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    The ferry boat to the island
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    This is the best way to visit the island. You don't really need a car there; just take a bicycle or sign up for a local bus tour (which I did). The boats normally run all day. Check the web site for schedules.

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    • Eco-Tourism
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    Check out the gardens

    by Pawtuxet Written Dec 14, 2008

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    My family is full of gardeners and we never tire of looking at how everyone else arranges theirs...or what they grow... how they combine things .... or what sort of ornaments & garden furniture they might use. Sometimes we are nosey enough to peer over the fence into a private back yard.

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    A place to relax

    by Pawtuxet Written Dec 14, 2008

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    More than one president has known the secret of Martha's Vineyard. This is a place to relax and enjoy.... rest ... or find a spot to party.
    I always enjoy time with my kids... and our day in Martha's Vineyard was an exceptional one.

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    Flying Horses Carousel

    by mikelisaanna Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs

    The Flying Horses Carousel is one of the oldest carousels in the United States, dating back to the 1870's. Our daughter, who was two at the time, loved it and wanted to ride it over and over again. Rides are $1.50 each.

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    • Theme Park Trips

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