Martha's Vineyard Attractions and Activities
Top 10 Things to Do
Most folks know about the Black Dog Tavern
and clay cliffs in
Aquinnah (Gay Head), here are other lesser known attractions and activities on Marthas Vineyard.
Rent Bicycles and Bike from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown
Marthas Vineyard is a great place for riding bikes. The island is fairly flat, especially around Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven, there are some gentle rolling hills as you head west from Edgartown or Vineyard Haven.
You can take in some great scenery, and enjoy the fresh air, if you rent bikes in Oak Bluffs and ride along Seaview Ave and Beach Rd towards Edgartown. This route follows the shore and there are many opportunities to stop and walk on the beach.
Get some Takeout Seafood and go to Menemsha for Sunset
The sunsets at Menemsha are beautiful ! The beach faces northwest so you can watch the sun dip into the water, seeing brilliant orange, red and yellow colors across the sky and the water.
Many folks bring snacks, sandwiches and drinks and setup an hour or so before sunset. We recommend getting some quality seafood at either The Bite (right in Menemsha), or The Net Result (in Vineyard Haven).
Rent a 4x4 and Explore the Beach near South Beach
South beach in Katama is a classic New England beach with scenic grassy sand dunes and large waves. For some unique fun, take a 4 x 4 into the dunes and along parts of the beach most folks do not explore.
Rent Kayaks and Explore Sengekontacket Pond
You really get to experience the beauty and scenery of Martha's Vineyard if you explore some of the ponds or harbors in a kayak. Island Spirit offers kayak rentals and trips for Edgartown Harbor, Katama Bay, Sengekontacket pond, and up-island and Chappaquiddick locations.
Enjoy Serenity in Mytoi Gardens
Many folks dont know Marthas Vineyard has Japanese Gardens, let alone make the effort to enjoy them. However, the Mytoi Gardens on Chappaquiddick are definitely worth a visit (unless you are a pure adrenaline seeking type or shopaholic ! ). You will need to ride the Chappy Ferry and have either a car or bike to travel into Chappaquiddick and get to the gardens. Please enjoy our Japanese garden pictures
See the Gang at Murdicks Fudge Make Fudge
Murdicks Fudge has stores in Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven and is a huge favorite with our kids. These folks really know how to make fudge! They have top quality fudge and if you go early in the morning you might be able to actually watch them making the fudge from scratch ! This is an impressive and entertaining process. The employees work like sculptors...molding, forming and carving the fudge.
Visit Island Alpaca
Alpaca are curious, interesting animals. Sort of a cross between a sheep and a camel, these creatures are fun to watch. You might not expect to find alpaca farms on the Vineyard, but, Island Alpaca has a large herd, often including baby alpaca, and a great viewing barn. They also have unique products (hats, scarves, blankets etc) made from the soft fleece. Another plus...these are green products !
Jump Off the Bridge at Joseph Sylvia State Beach
If the Mytoi Japanese gardens sound too tranquil for you, get your adrenaline fix jumping off the bridge into the water where JAWs was filmed ! Folks of all ages balance on the railings of this bridge and make the leap. Its only about 10-15 feet to the water and there have not been any *recent* great white shark sightings !
Go for a ride on Mad Max
Another activity for adrenaline or scenery junkies, this performance catamaran sails in Edgartown Harbor and is a great opportunity to enjoy the sun and fresh air and see Marthas Vineyard from the water.
Create Unique Jewelry at Beadniks
Take a break from the beach and sun and check out Beadniks bead store in Vineyard Haven. It's really more of an experience than a store. They have hundreds of unique and exotic beads from around the world, displayed in various trays so you can select them and create custom bracelets or necklaces. They also have silver and gold pieces for more luxurious creations. This is a great mother and daughter activity...and...for the guys...they built a mini putting area in the parking lot...brilliant !
Any list of attractions and activities on Martha's Vineyard would also have to include these more well-known attractions
The Black Dog
Go to get the t-shirt, or the hat, or the delicious muffins or blackout cake. The Black Dog Tavern is famous for its black lab logo
possibly the most recognizable image for Marthas Vineyard. The food is wonderful and you can buy a variety of products sporting the famous black lab.
Flying Horses Carousel
Kids, and their parents, love the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs. Its very entertaining and possibly the best bang for the buck on the Vineyard (only $1.50 per ride). Although it thrills like a typical merry-go-round, this is no ordinary carousel...it is the nation's oldest operating platform carousel and a National Historic Landmark.
Cliffs at Aquinnah
The clay cliffs at Aquinnah (Gay Head) have beautiful orange, red, yellow and brown colors and drop sharply into the water at the western edge of the Vineyard. This is a great spot for photos and is an opportunity to see a sunset over the water on the East Coast.
Mad Marthas Ice Cream
Mad Marthas ice cream has satisfied tourists for years. They serve up huge cones in Oak Bluffs, Edgartown and Vineyard Haven. President Clinton and President Obama were customers during their Vineyard vacations.
With these great attractions, Martha's Vineyard could be considered one of the best US vacations
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