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…
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…
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…
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 …
Historic Site in Oak Bluffs

Flying Horses Carousel

Take a nostalgic ride on this National Historic Landmark, which has been captivating kids of all ages since 1876. It's the USA's oldest continuously operating merry-go-round, and these antique horses have manes of r…
Museum in Oak Bluffs

Cottage Museum

You can visit a typical Campground cottage, complete with period furnishings, thanks to the Cottage Museum. It's filled with Camp Meeting Association history and artifacts.
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 …
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.
Nature Reserve in West Tisbury

Cedar Tree Neck Sanctuary

Cedar Tree Neck's inviting 2.5-mile hike crosses native bogs and forest to a coastal bluff with views of Cape Cod and the Elizabeth Islands. Be sure to take the short detour to Ames Pond to enjoy a meditative moment…