Museums / Attactions
Martha's Vineyard has something to do for everyone in the family. There are a wide variety of museums and attractions that offer a wealth of information about the Island's unique history, culture and art. Below are a few options
The oldest operating carousel in
the country, flying horses
represents the birth of Martha’s
Vineyard as a tourist destination.
Originally built in Coney Island in 1876, the horses made the trip to Martha’s Vineyard in 1884 and have been a permanent fixture since. The property is now owned and managed by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.
Martha’s Vineyard Museum
The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is
the Island's largest repository of
cultural artifacts, historic
photographs, archival records,
and genealogical records. The
museum strives to broaden
awareness and access to the
Island's history and shared memory. Come join us and discover our past and present and participate in the museum’s numerous summertime activities. Website: www.mvmuseum.org/
Oak Bluffs Campground
Nestled within the heart of Oak
Bluffs are over 180 small cottages
that make up the “Campgrounds.”
Evolved from tents & mail-order
catalogs, these cottages represent
a completely different era and are
preserved by private owners and
the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association. Phone: 508-693-0525 or Website: www.mvcma.org
This wonderfully designed
Japanese-Style garden is
peacefully located within the
pine forest of Chappaquiddick.
Walking through the property is
a vacation within your vacation
and is not to be missed. The
Mytoi Garden is easy to reach when on bike-friendly Chappaquiddick. Phone: 508-627-7689 or Website: www.thetrustees.org/places-to-visit/cape-cod-islands/mytoi.html
It's the seat of Dukes County and the largest town on Martha’s Vineyard. Get lost on its picturesque streets and drift away to the age of Whaling Captains & nautical legends. Stand at the steps and marvel the dominating Whaling Church, shop unique boutiques and dine on world-class cuisine. Edgartown has it all.
Polly Hill Arboretum
This year-round arboretum is the
work of renowned horticulturist
Polly Hill. Sitting on over twenty
acres of land, the arboretum is
home to nearly 1700 different
types of plants including the
famous “North Tisbury Azalea.”
Polly Hill is open year round. Phone: 508-693-9426 or Website: www.pollyhillarboretum.org
A trip up-island to Chilmark and Aquinnah is a must and the scenery sells itself. Escape the crowds and take a trip along North, Middle, or South Roads through West Tisbury and Chilmark and take in all the rural delights and perhaps the finest scenery in New England. The boundary-marking stone walls, rolling hills, and sea views will no doubt take your breath away.
Martha’s Vineyard Land Banks and Open Spaces
Martha’s Vineyard is not only a
destination for shopping and
dining. In fact, the island is an
outdoor enthusiast’s paradise.
Land banks boast miles of trails,
kayaking ponds and room for
your four-legged friends to roam.
Phone: (508) 627-7141 or Website: www.MVLandBank.com
Take a stroll around and learn
about the island’s indigenous
past. Meet Moshup and
experience 10000 years of
legends on Noepe (Martha’s