With its wild coastline and rolling hills, it’s easy to see why people flock to Martha’s Vineyard year after year. If you’re planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard this summer, there are plenty of things to do that aren’t on any other island in the region. Here are 10 unique attractions on Martha’s Vineyard that will make your trip even more memorable:
1) Take a Ride on Flying Horses Carousel
If you’re looking for something a little more traditional than the other Martha’s Vineyard attractions, this carousel is the perfect choice. Originally built in 1884 and operated at Coney Island Amusement Park, it was moved to Oak Bluff in 1895 and has remained there ever since. Now over 100 years old and still going strong, this carousel is considered one of the longest running continuously operating carousels in existence today! Be sure to check out their schedule because it varies in the summer months.
2) Be closer to nature with Japanese Garden of Mytoi
Located on the island of Chappaquiddick, the Japanese Garden of Mytoi is a privately owned botanical garden featuring native flora and exotic plants. The garden has a peaceful atmosphere that allows visitors to relax and enjoy the scenery.
While you’re there, be sure to check out nearby Polly Hill Arboretum as well! It’s another botanical reserve that contains rare trees and shrubs around the world.
If you’re not interested in visiting either one, don’t fret—there are plenty of other ways to get closer with nature on Martha’s Vineyard!
3) Discover your inner film buff at Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
A film festival on an island in Massachusetts? Why not? In fact, Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival is celebrating its 23rd year this summer. It runs from March to September, and you can find out what’s showing on their website. The annual event includes screenings of independent films at the Island Cinema in Vineyard Haven (and sometimes off-island), as well as events such as the family-friendly Summer Film Series. This year’s lineup features several full length and short films that showcase the culture of many different countries—it’s a great opportunity to learn about other cultures while enjoying some movies!
The Martha’s Vineyard International Film Festival has been screened since 2001 and was founded by local residents who wanted to celebrate local talent and bring international cinema to their island home. It’s held every year in early spring through late fall, with selections ranging from documentaries about social issues like immigration to horror flicks centered around fear of technology taking over our lives.
4) Visit the 300-year fishing village of Menemsha
When you visit Martha’s Vineyard, you will notice that the island is home to many beautiful towns and villages. One of the lesser known yet equally beautiful places on Martha’s Vineyard is Menemsha.
Located just 15 minutes north of Oak Bluffs, Menemsha is a picturesque fishing village away from the bustling scenes of Oaks Bluff and Edgartown. This quaint hamlet has been honed into perfection over time by fishermen who call this place home and visitors who are drawn to its natural beauty. It is also a popular destination for kayakers as well as windsurfers, who come here to enjoy its strong tides, clean water teeming with tasty bonito, bluefish and monster striped bass; all while taking advantage of its naturally sheltered coves that offer protection from winds off Nantucket Sound or Vineyard Sound depending on their location within Menemsha Bay itself!
Menemsha has become synonymous with seafood thanks to its long history as one of the most famous fishing villages in New England – dating back over 300 years! Its rich heritage includes being home to some of America’s oldest families including those descended from Native Americans who lived here long before Europeans arrived aboard ships like the Mayflower.”
5) The five lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard
You’ll often hear Martha’s Vineyard referred to as “the island that time forgot,” and there’s no better way to see firsthand how true this nickname is than by visiting the five lighthouses of Martha’s Vineyard. The town contains more lighthouses in one area than any other place,, so if you’re into maritime history or can appreciate stunning scenery, this is a great place for you to visit.
West Chop Lighthouse was built in 1817 as a wooden structure, but rebuilt as brick in 1838 after suffering fire damage. It sits at the entrance of Vineyard Haven Harbor and was one of America’s most important stations during its heyday; today it is still an active beacon for sailors.
East Chop Lighthouse was built in 1869 and burned down soon after construction due to faulty design; it was rebuilt again in iron form in 1878 (this one stands today). Located at Oak Bluffs that overlooks Nantucket Sound, this lighthouse still guides ships safely past dangerous shoals into Edgartown Harbor each night when lit with white light flashes every ten seconds.
Edgartown Lighthouse stands on an island within Martha’s Vineyard harbor near downtown Edgartown—it was built in 1828 and raised on man made island for more accessibility through footbridge access over time; now it sits at the edge of town (Edgartown Harbor).
Cape Poge Lighthouse (aka “Cape Pogue Light Station”) – also known as “Pogue Light”; located at north end Chappaquiddick Island with views east across Vineyard Sound toward Boston skyline area & Gay Head Cliffs where Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe lives today .
Aquinnah Lighthouse also known as “Gay Head Light” or “Gay Head Light Station” was built in 1799 on the westernmost point off Lighthouse Road.
6) Explore Farm stands
Martha’s Vineyard has a long history of farming and agricultural tradition going back to its earliest days. Today, the island is home to over 40 farms that provide scenery to the local community. These farms have been the source of the growth of so many farm-to-table restaurants and catering options on Martha’s Vineyard. Nearly all these farms operate a Farm Stand where the public can directly purchase fresh produce as well as value added items such as jams, jellies, honey and pickles made from their crops.
Farmers’ markets are a great place to meet local farmers and learn about the island’s food culture. Some of our favorites are Grey Barn Farm, Morning Glory Farm, Ghost Island Farm, Allen Sheep Farm, 7A Farm , Mermaid Farm , Bakehouse Farm .
7) Browse a gallery of hand blown art glasses at MV Glassworks
The art of glass blowing has been around since ancient times and is still used by modern artists to create remarkable pieces. MV Glassworks, located on State Road in West Tisbury, has been creating art glass for more than twenty years. Bring your friends or family with you to watch these masterful creators work their magic as they blow and shape glass into beautiful pieces that you can take home with you! You will have the opportunity to learn about a new craft while taking in an amazing vista from their studio windows.
8) Try the lobster ice cream at Ben and Bill’s Ice Cream Emporium
This ice cream shop on the west side of Martha’s Vineyard has a wide selection of flavors, with over 20 to choose from. If you’re looking for something new, try their lobster ice cream! The recipe is based on Ben and Bill’s homemade butter, which gives it a sweet flavor that pairs well with the creaminess of traditional vanilla ice cream. You can also order it in a cup or cone with chocolate or rainbow sprinkles added on top!
9) Hiking Trails or Biking tour
You can also try hiking or biking tours. Martha’s Vineyard is a weekend hiker’s dream with wildlife, beaches, forest, and relatively flat terrain. Another way to explore Martha’s Vineyard is through a bike tour! The north side of the island is sheltered and relatively flat. It is the perfect spot for a family bike ride between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown. If you are a serious bike rider, conquer the island by riding the whole 62-mile circumference (which takes most people 2-3 days).
10) Stay in a Vacation Home
If you are looking for a unique way to experience Martha’s Vineyard, consider staying in a vacation home. An Elevate Vacation Home is the best way to stay on the island. A vacation home lets you experience Martha’s Vineyard like a local and provides all of the comforts of home with breathtaking ocean views from every room. There are four beautiful houses available when visiting: Cottage by the Lagoon, Berkshire Manor, Stewart Cottage, and Fresh Pond Chateau
The most popular time of year to visit Martha’s Vineyard is during the summer months (June-August). You can search for homes that fit your needs by checking out their website or calling them directly!
It’s time to plan your trip to Martha’s Vineyard and escape from the daily grind. We have put together a list of 10 unique attractions that you can visit during your stay on this special island. There are plenty of things to do in Martha’s Vineyard, but there is nothing better than experiencing nature up close with all its natural beauty!