Martha’s Vineyard Tourist Attractions

Martha’s Vineyard is an island located off the southern coast of Massachusetts. Six towns occupy this historically rich and culturally thriving destination—Aquinnah, Chilmark, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, West Tisbury, and Tisbury. Martha’s Vineyard tourist attractions and must-see places draw visitors to the island from all around. Check out more details about the endless beaches, magnificent lighthouses, brilliant gingerbread cottages, colorful clay cliffs, shops, and restaurants in the area below!

Martha’s Vineyard Tourist Attractions

Beaches:

The island has many spectacular beaches, ranging from shallow, protected, clear-water shorelines on the northern and eastern sides to stretches of rumbling surf along the southern side. Several beaches are open to the public with no restrictions, whereas some are only for residents and summer visitors staying in town.

  • Aquinnah
    • Gay Head Cliffs and Beach (Off-limits)
    • Gay Head Public Beach
    • Lobsterville Beach
    • Philbin Beach (Residents Only)
  • Chilmark
    • Lucy Vincent Beach (Residents Only)
    • Menemsha Public Beach
    • Squibnocket Beach (Residents Only)
  • Edgartown
    • East Beach
    • Fuller Street Beach
    • Katama Beach
    • Lighthouse Beach
    • Norton Point Beach
  • Oak Bluffs
    • Eastville Beach
    • Oak Bluffs Town Beach
    • Joseph Sylvia State Beach
  • Tisbury
    • Lake Tashmoo Town Beach
    • Owen Park Beach
    • Tisbury Town Beach
  • West Tisbury
    • Lambert’s Cove Beach
    • Long Point Wildlife Refuge Beach

Lighthouses:

There are five lighthouses spread across the Vineyard and Nantucket Sound. These represent one of the largest lighthouse arrays contained within a small area in the country. All the island’s lighthouses are easily accessible by road, except for the Cape Poge Lighthouse. Four out of the five iconic lighthouses are open to visitors and offer tours—The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the West Chop Lighthouse, so it’s not open to the public.

  • The Aquinnah Lighthouse
  • The Cape Poge Lighthouse
  • The Edgartown Lighthouse
  • The East Chop Lighthouse
  • The West Chop Lighthouse

Gingerbread Cottages:

Over 180 small cottages located within the heart of Oak Bluffs make up the fairytale campgrounds. In the late 1800s, Methodist groups that gathered in Oak Bluffs each summer erected the cottages. They acted as a replacement for tents during their religious meetings. Ornate filigree trim, vibrant candy-like colors, whimsical woodwork, and charming architecture have made the Gingerbread Cottages one of Martha’s Vineyard must-see attractions.

Gay Head Cliffs:

The colorful clay layers of these cliffs line the shores of Moshup’s Beach. This national landmark offers incredible views of Martha’s Vineyard’s picturesque beaches and the island’s only working lighthouse.

Shopping & Restaurants:

Each of the six small towns on the island has a variety of shops, local markets, and galleries that offer unique island-found and island-made products. Explore antique dealers, bookstores, clothing boutiques, furniture stores, jewelers, gift shops, and so much more.

There is an extraordinary selection of dining options available on the island. Restaurants throughout the area feature cuisine highlighting local bounty from the land and sea. Discover everything from fresh produce at local farmers markets and casual fish shacks to charming eateries and fine-dining venues.

 
 

New England Trips offers “Boston’s Original Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip.” This includes hotel pickup service, round-trip ferry service to Martha’s Vineyard, and six hours to spend exploring the island’s many must-see hot spots. Contact us for more information about the phenomenal tourist attractions Martha’s Vineyard has to offer or start planning your day tour with New England Trips now!