Up Island attractions

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…
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…
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

Grange Hall

The 1859 Grange Hall is a historic meetinghouse, most visited these days for markets and events. This post-and-beam structure is also a venue for concerts, lectures and other events.There's usually something interes…
Nature Reserve in West Tisbury

Polly Hill Arboretum

This 60-acre refuge celebrates woodlands and wildflower meadows, and is particularly pretty in the fall. The visitor center is open from 9:30am to 4pm from Memorial Day to Columbus Day. You can explore on your own o…
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 ($10 to $20) is not. From the parking lot, it’s a 10-minute walk to the beach.
Nature Reserve in West Tisbury

Long Point Wildlife Refuge

Pond, cove and ocean views all open up on a mile-long trail that leads to a remote beach. Along the way birders can expect to spot nesting osprey and other raptors, from northern harriers to the more common red-tail…
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…
Gallery in West Tisbury

Field Gallery & Sculpture Garden

You can't miss the Field Gallery, a field of large white sculptures by local artist and gallery founder Tom Maley (1911–2000) that playfully pose while tourists mill around them. There's an indoor gallery, too, with…