Activities - Things To Do

Vineyard Artisans Festivals

The Vineyard Artisan Festivals is a weekly juried Art Show to support and promote fine art and crafts hand-made by Islanders. From traditional crafts handed down for many generations to newly inspired, each week the public can meet over 60 Island Artists. Rain or Shine, plenty of parking, café, artist demos and free admission.

Address: P.O.Box 774, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508-693-8989

Polly Hill Arboretum

Crisscrossed by old stonewalls surrounding open meadows the Polly Hill Arboretum is home to a collection of more than 1600 woody plants that Polly Hill began planting from seed in 1958. At any season the Arboretum offers beauty, tranquility and abounds with horticultural and botanical rarities! $5 suggested donation - members & children under 12 free. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Address: 809 State Road, West Tisbury, MA
Tel: 508-693-9426

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Beadniks Island

Beadniks is an activity-based bead store…. Use your imagination, be inspired, be involved in creating unique jewelry. Beadniks is a store for everyone. Mom, Dad, kids and Grandparents can all enjoy the Beadniks experience while browsing the exotic world of beads. Our staff is trained to assist you in design and execution. Allow time to enjoy the Beadniks experience. Mornings, evenings and sunny days make for the most satisfying experience.

Open daily in 2014 season from May 23 to Oct. 12. Please visit our online store in the off-season to order from our catalog:

Address: 14 Church St., Vineyard Haven, MA
Tel: 508.693.7650

Family Fun Center (Game Room)

It's not summer on Martha's Vineyard without a visit to the Family Fun Center Game Room in Oak Bluffs! All the hottest and coolest new games with great prizes from Ryan Family Amusements. Purchase a kids meal next door at Seasons Pub and get 10 free tokens. Open daily from 10am to midnight (in season).

Address: 19 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508-693-7129

Family Fun Center on Martha's Vineyard

Island Spirit Kayak

Island Spirit Kayak on Martha's Vineyard offers Kayak Tours, Sunset/Moonlight Paddles, Kayak Kamp, Lessons, Rentals and Delivery. Families welcome ages 5 and up. Come on down and rent a kayak from our location on Sengeckontacket Pond in Oak Bluffs or call ahead to reserve a kayak tour!

Address: State Beach, Little Bridge, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508.693.9727

Martha's Vineyard Eco Adventures

Get Out There in a kayak with Martha's Vineyard Eco Adventures. Our ACA Certified guides take you through a pond or coastal area where you are taught basic kayaking skills, wildlife identification, local history, & more. Half & full day scenic & fishing tours, instruction and rental delivery available. Recommended for ages 10 & up.

Address: (Meet at tour locations), Vineyard Haven, MA
Tel: 508-696-7842

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Family Dance-O-Rama at Flatbread


Family Dance-O-Rama is an all-age disco party & "must do" family activity on Martha's Vineyard. Scheduled every Wednesday 5:30-7:30pm during July & August at Flatbread (formerly Outerland/Hot Tin Roof). Shake it with DJ Shizz & your favorite dance tunes, lights & bubbles on the island's largest dancefloor. Family-friendly pizza menu available and the bar's open for grandma...See you again summer 2013!

Address: 17 Airport Rd. (at the MV Airport), Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-693-1137

Family Dance-O-Rama on Martha's Vineyard

Family Dance-O-Rama


Family Dance-O-Rama is an all-age disco party & "must do" family activity on Martha's Vineyard. Shake it with DJ Shizz & your favorite dance tunes. Family-friendly menu available and full bar open for grandma. Seasonal. Click for event updates on our facebook page:

Address: 15 Island Inn Road, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508-693-6093

Martha's Vineyard Museum

The Martha's Vineyard Museum preserves and interprets collections that engage and connect the public to the Island's history, art and culture. It is open year round and includes both permanent and rotating exhibitions on a variety of topics appealing to every member of the family. Additionally, the Museum presents collaborative programming for adults and kids and supports scholarly research in its library/archives.

Address: P.O. Box 1310, 59 School Street, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508.627.4441

Martha's Vineyard Museum

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass. Audubon)

Discover nature with Mass Audubon at Felix Neck, our 350-acre wildlife Sanctuary located on the shore of Sengekontacket Pond. Enjoy and learn about the nature of Martha’s Vineyard through our guided and self-guided programs and activities. Walking trails, kayaking, and wild wonders await.

Address: 100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508.627.4850

Felix Neck Martha's Vineyard

The FARM Institute

Watch the pigs dig for treasures, explore the friendship garden and see the farmers in action at The Farm Institute on Martha's Vineyard! Spend a day, week or season in enriching hands-on farm programs year-round for the young and young at heart. Buy some grass-fed meat or purchase produce and eggs at our FARM Stand with guided tours!

Address: Katama Farm, 14 Aero Ave, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-7007

Aloha Paddle MV

Aloha Paddle MV offers Stand-up Paddling lessons, Fitness classes and SUP Yoga at our scenic island locations. There is a SUP activity available for you and your family no matter your age or ability! All activities are led by a certified instructor, making them professional, safe and above all FUN. SUP Wedding, Special Event packages and rentals available. Book today!

Address: Martha's Vineyard, ., MA
Tel: (508)645-1314
Cell: 808-640-6935

Edgartown Cinemas

Movies, Open Year round

Address: Main Street, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508.627.8008

Illumination Night

Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Grounds. Usually last part part of August; date not revealed until a week before the event. Remembered for a lifetime: after Sing-along concert, Japanese lantern is lit by oldest resident of the community. Then hundreds of other lanterns are lit, turning area into grand, magical illumination.

Address: Campground Cottages, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: none

Illumination Night Oak Bluffs

Back Door Doughnuts

Just around the corner from the Martha's Vineyard Gourmet & Bakery's front door, just-made doughnuts go on sale nightly at about 7:30pm. Just follow the unmistakable aroma of cinnamon and sugar and join the line of fans who queue up nightly for the fresh-from- the-fryer treats.

Address: 5 Post Office Square, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508-693-3688

Funhunters Scavenger Hunt

Tel: 413-333-5770

Island Cove Adventures

Address: 386 State Rd., Vineyard Haven, MA
Tel: 774.563.0267

island cove

Martha's Vineyard Rod & Gun Club

Address: 265 The Boulevard, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-3537

Memorial Wharf - Edgartown

As Main Street swerves into Water Street and heads in the direction of the Chappy ferry, Memorial Wharf overlooks the goings on in the harbor. Sail boats, fishing craft and the Chappy ferry animate the waters. A favorite spot from which to watch the July 4th Fireworks, enjoy lunch from the nearby Quarterdeck, or jig for squid at sundown. (aka Commercial Wharf)

Address: Dock Street, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-6110

Norton Point

Norton Point, once the vital link connecting Martha's Vineyard and Chappaquiddick, is home to 4.5 miles of walking trails along the Atlantic Ocean. The perfect spot for bird watching, Norton Point is an important habitat for nesting shore birds. Open 24 hours, year round. Free for pedestrians.

Address: South on Katama Road (Latitude:41.35014, Longitude:-70.48691), Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-7689

Norton Point

Cape Poge

Cape Poge is home of 14 miles of moderate hiking trails. With its remote setting it can serve as your peaceful getaway from Martha's Vineyard busy summer atmosphere. Trails lead to the Cape Poge Lighthouse, the Cape Poge Bay, as well as beach front locations and many other Chappaquiddick destinations. Chappaquiddick is easily accessible by the "on-time ferry" (Chappaquiddick Ferry) that leaves out of Edgartown. Seasonal restrooms; picnic tables; parking available at Wasque and Mytoi Garden.

Address: Dike Road, Chappaquiddick Island, Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-7689

Cape Poge

Aquinnah Cultural Center

The Aquinnah Wampanoag's 485-acre reservation is located within the town of Aquinnah at the southwestern tip of Martha's Vineyard. The Tribe was added to the the Federally Recognized Tribes list in 1987. Its Cultural Center provides services to the Tribal community and sponsors events, programs and exhibits relating to tribal culture which are open to the Tribe and to the public. One of its most popular annual events is the Legend of Moshup pageant during which its founding legend is re-enacted under the stars by tribal members. Details about this and other public activities are available on its website.

Address: 35 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA
Tel: 508.645.9265


Flying Horses Carousel

Address: Oak Bluffs Avenue, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508.693.9481

Flying Horses Oak Bluffs

Island Alpaca

Address: 1 Head Of The Pond Road, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508-693-5554

Menemsha Hills

Visit the Menemsha Hills walking trails and experience the second highest point on Martha's Vineyard as well as beautiful panoramic views of the Vineyard Sound and Elizabeth Islands. Three miles of trails through wetlands, woodland groves, costal plains, and the rocky ocean edge will give hikers the opportunity to experience many different Island environments. Moderate hiking; parking available; seasonal portable bathroom facilities. Free to all, open year round sunrise to sunset.

Address: North Road, Chilmark, MA
Tel: 508-693-3678

menemsha hills

Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association

Just on the other side of Circuit Ave., The Martha's Vineyard Campmeeting Association Campground offers an oasis of calm. The colorful carpenter gothic 'gingerbread' cottages hark back to the 19th century when they were built to replace the revival meeting tents for some of the Island's first wave of summer visitors. At the center of the 'circle' is the Tabernacle which hosts many summer events including Wednesday evening Community Sings, films, concerts and most notably, the yearly Illumination Night during which hundreds of lanterns are lit to illuminate surrounding the cottages. Lovely cottage gardens add to the charm of this historic portion of Oak Bluffs.

Address: 1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508.693.0525

Tabernacle Oak Bluffs


Enjoy 1.5 miles of walking trails through rare sand barrens. The perfect destination for bird watching as well as fishing. Trustees members and children are free; nonmembers must pay small admission fee. Public Restrooms.

Address: Wasque Road, Chappaquiddick Island (Latitude:41.3552, Longitude:-70.4597), Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-7689


Native Earth Teaching Farm

Address: 94 North Road, Chilmark, MA
Tel: 508-645-3304

Menemsha Harbor

Stroll dockside for an up close look at the working fishing boats tied up along the pier. If you ever wondered what the life of a commercial fisherman is like the worn lines and heavy rigging will answer the question. Just across the road, the Home Port offers fresh seafood to go out its back door, on its porch and in its full service restaurant. Take your pick and if you opt for takeout, head for the nearby Menemsha beach and watch the sunset over the water to the west, a rare sight on the eastern seaboard. You'll find Larson's Seafood nearby offering lobster in the rough just across from the fishing docks.

Address: 24 Basin Road, Chilmark, MA
Tel: 508.645.2100

menemsha harbor

Riverhead Field Frisbee Golf Course

Located approximately 1.1 miles from the intersection of the Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road and Barnes Road. Approaching from Vineyard Haven, make a right onto Barnes Road at the 4-way stop. Enter a dirt parking lot w/ split rail fence on the right at gate 15. The dirt course is mostly flat and somewhat wooded. Free and open to the public, sunrise to sunset daily.

Address: Lat/Long 41.404215, -70.604378, Oak Bluffs, MA
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Long Point Wildlife Refuge

Long Point offers easy hiking with a two mile trail that borders Middle Point, Long Cove, and Tisbury Great Ponds. With sheltered salt and fresh water ponds as well as an ocean border Long Point is perfect for a all day excursion. Because of its beach front location Long Point is an extremely popular summer destination although it is also popular among bird watchers and nature lovers alike off season. Public restrooms; free admission to trustees members and children; parking admission free for the public.

Address: Edgartown West Tisbury Road (Latitude:41.3545, Longitude:-70.6379), West Tisbury, MA
Tel: 508-693-3678

Long Point

Mytoi Japanese Gardens

Experience an intimate Japanese style garden characterized by natural serenity. Footpaths leading past a birch walk, camellia dell, stone garden, and hillside garden as wells a .5 mile trail through a pitch pine forest leading to the salt marshes of Poucha Pond. The entrance to the Salt Marsh Trail is located across the street from the Mytoi Garden. These trails offer easy walking and beautiful scenery. Just under a 3 mile bike ride from the "on-time ferry" (Chappaquiddick Ferry) leaving from Edgartown. Limited parking; free to all; public restrooms.

Address: Dike Road, Chappaquiddick Island (Latitude:41.3755, Longitude:-70.4580), Edgartown, MA
Tel: 508-627-7689


Gay Head Cliffs at Aquinnah

At Martha's Vineyard's westernmost tip in Aquinnah, the Gay Head Cliffs thrust into the sea. The Cliffs themselves are striated with bright red, yellow and orange bands of color each delineating an era of their long history. From the top of Cliffs, the horizon offers a view of the Elizabeth Islands, spectacular sunsets and the South Shore beaches. Nearby the Gay Head light, which is open to visitors June-Sept, orients sailors to their location as they approach land. The Cliffs also offer a variety of shops and restaurants where you can enjoy a local treats including chowder, lobster and great home-made pies. ( for Lighthouse details)

Address: 1 Aquinnah Circle, Aquinnah, MA
Tel: 508.645.2300

aquinnah cliffs

YMCA of Martha's Vineyard

Address: 111R Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd., Oak Bluffs, MA
Tel: 508-696-7171

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