Martha’s Vineyard Tour

The Island of Martha’s Vineyard


Websites: (Martha’s Vineyard online) (Martha’s Vineyard Chamber of Commerce) Martha’s Vineyard Regional Transit Authority (local public bus system)

Price of Hy-Line boat round trip to Oak Blufs, Martha’s Vinyard, from Hyannis: $59 ($52 with AAA discount)
Public bus on island – $1.25 per ride

About Martha’s Vineyard

Often called just “The Vineyard”, the island has a land area of 100 square miles. The island is primarily known as a summer colony, and is accessible only by boat and air.
Like the nearby island of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard was brought to prominence in the 19th century by the whaling industry, during which ships were sent around the world to hunt whales for their oil and blubber.

Martha’s Vineyard is home to six towns each of which has a distinctive personality. The three ‘down-island’ towns, Edgartown, Oak Bluffs and Vineyard Haven are busy places with great shopping dining and other attractions. Each is served by seasonal or year round ferry and are therefore the most frequently visited. The towns of West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah are smaller and the surrounding countryside is decidedly rural. The active fishing port of Menemsha (in the town of Chilmark) and the Gay Head Cliffs (in Aquinnah) are some of this areas prime attractions

Martha’s Vineyard is surrounded by beaches. The South Shore borders the Atlantic; beaches on the Vineyard & Nantucket Sounds (North Shore) and inlets offer calmer waters. Farmer’s markets and farm stands, Island crafts, boutiques, gift shops, and antique stores line the downtown streets along with art galleries, a pottery studio and a glass works.

Explore the Island’s 100 square miles, by car, bike, our local bus system, tour bus or taxi. You will find these options all located near to incoming ferry terminals. Bus and private tours of the Island are a great way to explore Martha’s Vineyard. Public bus between Oak Bluffs (where the Hyannis Ferry comes in) and Edgartown leaves approximately every half hour.

Oak Bluffs Highlights

Stroll Oak Bluff’s historic down harbor area and enjoy shops, art galleries and home made ice cream. Walk to lovely beaches.

Tabernacle square – Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association

A National Historic landmark and religious community since 1835. The Tabernacle was declared a Save America’s Treasures project on July 28, 2000
Visit the cottage museum & shop.

The grounds of the Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association (MVCMA), formerly known as “Wesleyan Grove,” are historically significant for several reasons: These include the carefully recorded historic connection with the religious “campmeeting” movement of the early 19th century, the unique layout of the grounds emulated by many post Civil War campmeeting sites, the original architectural form of the “Martha’s Vineyard” cottages built between 1859-1880, the unique iron Tabernacle erected in 1879 and the area’s remarkable state of preservation.

Edgartown Highlights

Stroll to historic Edgartown harbor from the town bus stop (about 15 minutes). Pick up a seafood sandwich at the take out window of The Quarterdeck in Edgartown harbor. Eat at the Chappaquidick Island overlook

Chappaquidick Island

Chappaquiddick Island, colloquially known as “Chappy”, is a part of the town of Edgartown. It is a small peninsula and occasional island on the eastern end of Martha’s Vineyard. Ferry $4 round trip. Take this picturesque ferry for good swimming beaches with great views of Edgartown harbor.

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Address: 59 School St., Edgartown; Times: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays

Relive Vineyard history as you tour the twelve exhibit rooms, each one examining a different period in the Islands past. There are also exhibits featuring a whaleboat and hand-pumped fire engine used 1854-1925, American Indian and oral history exhibits, plus, Huntington Research Library, the island’s main historical library and reference center. $6.