Top Choice Historic Site in Oak Bluffs

Campgrounds & Tabernacle

Oak Bluffs started out in the mid-19th century as a summer retreat by a revivalist church, whose members enjoyed a day at the beach as much as a gospel service. They first camped out in tents, then built some 300 wo…
Top Choice Beach in Chilmark & Menemsha

Menemsha Harbor & Beach

Virtually unchanged since it appeared in the movie Jaws 40 years ago, Menemsha is a relaxing outpost to explore. Basin Rd borders a harbor of fishing boats on one side and dunes on the other, ending at the public Me…
Island in Edgartown


Accessed by frequent ferry (the 'Chappy Ferry') from Edgartown harbor, Chappaquiddick is a small island with a big history, thanks to a fatal accident in 1969 that involved Senator Ted Kennedy. The island's populati…
Landmark in Aquinnah

Aquinnah Cliffs

Also known as the Gay Head Cliffs, these clay cliffs, overlooking a 5-mile-long beach, were formed by glaciers 100 million years ago. Rising 150ft from the ocean, they're dramatic any time of day but are at their ve…
Nature Reserve in Edgartown

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Mass Audubon's Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, 3 miles northwest of Edgartown center, is a birder's paradise, with miles of trails skirting fields, marshes and ponds. Because of the varied habitat, this 194-acre sanc…
Lighthouse in Aquinnah

Gay Head Lighthouse

Built in 1844 with a state-of-the-art Fresnel lens, this red-brick structure on the Gay Head cliffs is arguably the most scenic lighthouse on the Vineyard. In 2015 it was carefully moved 134ft back from its eroding …
Beach in Edgartown

Katama Beach

Although they're convenient, Edgartown's in-town beaches are just kids' stuff. For the real deal head to Katama Beach, also called South Beach, about 3 miles south of Edgartown center. Kept in a natural state, this …
Museum in Edgartown

Martha's Vineyard Museum

This well-done museum has a fascinating collection of whaling paraphernalia and scrimshaw, and puts the history of Martha's Vineyard into context. The campus includes a number of buildings, including a 1740s Colonia…
Historic Building in West Tisbury

Alley's General Store

Part food shop ('dealers in almost everything'), part historic landmark, Alley's General Store is a favorite local gathering place and has been since 1858. Lots of souvenirs and gifts available.
Beach in Aquinnah

Aquinnah Public Beach

Aquinnah Public Beach (also known as Moshup Beach) is an impressive 5 miles long. Access is free, although parking ($15) is not. From the parking lot, it’s a 10-minute walk to the beach.