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The 15 Best Things To Do on Martha's Vineyard in 2024

Martha's Vineyard is our island gem off the coast of Massachusetts, this great island continues to enchant visitors with its blend of scenic beauty, historic charm, and vibrant cultural scene. As we look forward to 2024, the island beckons travelers with many activities suited for every type of explorer. Here’s your ultimate guide to making the most out of your Martha's Vineyard adventure.


1. Explore Aquinnah Cliffs

Marvel at the stunning multicolored cliffs at the island's westernmost tip. The natural beauty here, combined with the historical significance of the nearby Gay Head Lighthouse, offers a picturesque start to your Vineyard journey.


2. Stroll through the MVCMA

The Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association (MVCMA) offers a unique glimpse into the island's past with its quaint gingerbread cottages. Walking through this area feels like stepping back in time.


3. Ride the Flying Horses Carousel

Embrace nostalgia at the oldest working carousel in the U.S. The Flying Horses Carousel is a fun activity for all ages, with the chance to catch the brass ring for a free ride. There is an arcade in the building as well to pass the time with the kiddos before you head back out for more shopping! :)


4. Visit South Beach

Famous for its appearance in "Jaws," South Beach offers stunning ocean vistas. Its expansive shoreline is perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and beachcombing. Rent a Jeep and drive out on the sand and set up for the afternoon. This beach is known for its great waves!


5. Climb Edgartown Lighthouse

This lighthouse is one of several on the island, offering breathtaking views and a piece of maritime history. The climb to the top is rewarded with panoramic views of Edgartown Harbor.


6. Relax in Ocean Park

Surrounded by Victorian mansions, Ocean Park in Oak Bluffs is the perfect spot for a leisurely picnic or a serene walk, with its gazebo and ocean views setting a peaceful scene.


7. Tour Gay Head Light

Another historic lighthouse, Gay Head Light, offers stunning cliffs and sea views. Its location in Aquinnah makes it a must-visit for history enthusiasts and photographers alike.


8. Unwind at Lambert's Cove Beach

This secluded beach is known for its calm waters and soft sand, making it an ideal spot for families or those seeking a quiet day by the sea.


9. Admire the Gay Head Cliffs

These iconic cliffs offer some of the most memorable sights on the island. A visit here is a must for nature lovers and those looking to capture the beauty of Martha's Vineyard.


10. Explore Chappaquiddick

The small island of Chappaquiddick is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with trails, beaches, and the famous Mytoi Garden. It’s accessible by ferry and perfect for a day trip. If you have not been before the island uses a small ferry that shuttles pedestrians and 2-3 vehicles at a time back and forth across the harbor.


11. Shop on Circuit Avenue

This bustling street in Oak Bluffs is lined with shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, offering a lively atmosphere and a chance to pick up unique island souvenirs.


12. Visit Morning Glory Farm

Discover local produce and goods at this family-run farm. Morning Glory Farm is known for its fresh, sustainably grown food and homemade baked goods.Stop by and see why this farm is a quintessential part of the island's culture.


13. Take a Scenic Bike Ride

Martha's Vineyard offers numerous bike trails that traverse scenic landscapes, historic sites, and charming towns. Renting a bike is a great way to explore at your own pace. Be sure to use designated bike paths and watch for traffic!


14. Enjoy Local Seafood

The island's location ensures a bounty of fresh seafood. Enjoying a meal at one of the local seafood restaurants is a must-do for foodies. Here is a list of restaurants all around the island.


15. Attend a Vineyard Event

From cultural festivals to local farmers' markets, Martha's Vineyard hosts a variety of events throughout the year. Participating in an event is a great way to experience the island's community spirit. The Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce has an event calendar that is a great resource to use.


Martha's Vineyard in 2024 promises a blend of relaxation, adventure, and cultural enrichment. Whether you're visiting for the first time or returning, these activities offer a comprehensive way to experience the best of the island. If you need help finding a vacation rental do not hesitate to call our office or visit our Martha's Vineyard Vacation Rental website.

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