There are so many can’t miss things to do in Martha’s Vineyard. This beautiful island location is in Massachusetts just south of Cape Cod and can only access Martha’s Vineyard by boat or air. It features Gothic cottages as well as several ferry ports, depending on which end of the island you venture to. Today I am sharing 25 things to do in Martha’s Vineyard to assist you in planning your vacation itinerary.
- Edgartown Lighthouse – this historic lighthouse is open from late May until early October where you can capture a glimpse of a the island’s rich history of coastal life.
- South Beach – enjoy one of the most pristine locations in Martha’s Vineyard, where you’ll find much history as this was a military barracks back in World War II.
- Offshore Ale – during quiet hours you may be able to get a tour of the brewery where the staff will gladly show you the process, during peak hours you may enjoy a delightful meal.
- Flying Horses Carousel – established in 1876 this is our nation’s oldest platform carousel that you must enjoy at least once while in Martha’s Vineyard.
- Gingerbread Cottages – feel as though you’ve been transported into a Hansel and Gretel storybook with a trip to Oak Bluffs gingerbread cottages area.
- Alley’s General Store – there’s nothing better than stepping back in time to visit a retailer that’s been in operation since 1858, that’s what you’ll experience at this general store.
- Jaw’s Bridge – take a bike tour and stop at Jaw’s Bridge where the most of the vicious shark attack scenes in the movie Jaws was filmed.
- Rent a Jeep – get a jeep rental and go exploring Menemsha where the movie Jaws was filmed and enjoy the Menemsha Fish Market where fresh lobster is available.
- Murdick’s Fudge – enjoy some delicious fudge in Edgartown before heading out to view the historic lighthouse.
- Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse – open all year round, you must experience a theater performance on the island before your vacation is over.
- Edgartown’s South Beach – this is a great location to enjoy three miles of surf and the iconic sand dunes in this area.
- Aquinnah Cliffs – formerly known as Gay Head, this location offers bike tours and is the most popular tourist attraction in Martha’s Vineyard.
- Oak Bluff Campground – step back in time to the 19th century Methodists where more than 300 properties are still owned by descendants of the original inhabitants.
- Island Alpaca Company of Martha’s Vineyard – if the family wants to enjoy a zoo-like trip, then this alpaca farm is the place to visit some friendly animals.
- Watch a Movie – Martha’s Vineyard has a cinema but also has the MV Film Society where you can sometimes enjoy a documentary or foreign film.
- Sea Spa Salon – get pampered at this salon with a spa treatment that is offered with discounts and special promos located in Vineyard Square.
- Take a Zumba Class – there’s a studio on the island where you can detach and go enjoy some Zumba or even yoga while on vacation in Martha’s Vineyard.
- Chappaquiddick’s East Beach – enjoy a ferry ride tour where you can enjoy learning more about the rich history of this part of Martha’s Vineyard.
- Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Bus – you can experience a bus tour of the whole island while on vacation at Martha’s Vineyard with this sightseeing bus.
- Chilmark Chocolates – indulge in these homemade chocolates that are only available in 1 or 2 locations on the island.
- Take a Jaws Tour – ask for a map of the Jaws film and take a little tour to become a groupie of the Jaws movie that was filmed on Martha’s Vineyard back in 1974.
- Emily Post House garden – the current owners still tend to Emily Post’s Dahlias that she wrote about often, this is a beautiful location that simply adds to the islands history.
- Take a Hike – there are many nature trails on the island that offer you a scenic view of Martha’s Vineyard with or without foliage.
- Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge – visit the Japanese garden found in this area where the beaches are endless and nature roams free.
- Art Cliff Diner – enjoy breakfast at this diner that’s been whipping up breakfast since 1943 to locals and tourists.
No matter how long you plan to have a vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, you’ll surely not have enough to capture the full beauty that this island has to offer. With this list of 25 things to do in Martha’s Vineyard, at least you’ll be able to experience as much as possible and return home feeling rejuvenated.