Things to do in Martha's Vineyard

Our Favorite Activities

Our Edgartown hotel is ideally situated near the best things to do on Martha's Vineyard, including scenic beaches, unique art galleries, and historic Martha's Vineyard attractions. With a variety of Martha’s Vineyard attractions to experience, let us guide you to a memorable stay. Find our Martha’s Vineyard guide below, detaling the top 10 things to do on Martha’s Vineyard.

1. Martha's Vineyard Beaches

Lighthouse Beach, Wasque Point, Katama, Bend-in-the-road Beach, and Chappy Point are all easily accessible Edgartown beaches. The neighboring towns of Aquinnah, Chilmark, West Tisbury, Tisbury, and Oak Bluffs also offer glorious options for beachfront fun. Martha's Vineyard beaches are each unique; some are known for great surfing and scenic sunsets, others for calm water and warm shallows to explore. Our staff can recommend the best beaches on Martha's Vineyard for you to explore based on your interests.

2. Art Galleries

A quieter option among things to do on Martha’s Vineyard, the island’s art scene is not to be missed. Since the time when whalers on the island created incredible scrimshaw using whale teeth and bones, Martha's Vineyard has been a home for artists of all types. Take some time to explore the many art galleries of Martha's Vineyard. You'll find contemporary paintings, ceramics, sculpture, watercolors, and scrimshaw all on display throughout the Vineyard, with many of the islands best galleries convenient to Kelley House in Edgartown.

3. Martha's Vineyard Gingerbread Village

The town of Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard is home to the world's most perfectly preserved collection of Carpenter Gothic style "gingerbread houses". These colorful and ornately decorated cottages are privately owned, so tours are generally not available, but a stroll through the park-like grounds is a picture-perfect way to spend an afternoon.

4. Flying Horses Carousel

Grab a ring as you ride around on America's oldest operating platform carousel in Oak Bluffs. Handcrafted in 1876, this carousel is a true treasure. In the middle of the carousel, a device holding metal rings is lowered for riders to grab as they pass. If you're lucky enough to grab the one brass ring, you'll be treated to a free ride! A variety of seats makes this attraction perfect for children of all ages.

5. Lighthouses

Martha's Vineyard is famous for its five lighthouses, including the famous Edgartown lighthouse. While staying on Martha’s Vineyard, lighthouse buffs will also be able to see the lighthouse at Taurpaulin Cove, Nobska Light in Falmouth and Great Point Light in Nantucket. All of the Island's lighthouses, except the Cape Poge Lighthouse, are easily accessible by road.

6.. Mytoi Gardens

A secluded oasis on Chappaquiddick Island, Mytoi Garden is a Japanese-style botanical escape perfect for finding your center. A number of walking trails circle Poucha Pond in the center, then wind through a labyrinth of natural beauty, featuring a number of non-native and native fauna. Mytoi is the ideal place for an intimate picnic or a sanctuary for meditation.

7. Martha’s Vineyard Dining

As a traditional Atlantic escape, Martha’s Vineyard prides itself on a delectable dining scene. The meeting place of fresh seafood and decades of culinary talent, there are a number of Martha’s Vineyard restaurants to discover and enjoy. Even better, our in-house dining options, The Newes from America Pub and Wave Bar, serve some of the best food and drinks on the island mere minutes from your door.

8. Island Alpaca Company

The Vineyard wildlife is sure to surprise you, with fish, birds, and more. Alpacas join the pack at the Island Alpaca Company, a family-friendly destination where kids can meet these fluffy friends and learn more about the benefits they bring to the farming industry.

9. Stony Creek Gifts

Looking for some charming, yet authentic souvenirs from the island? The “wampum” jewelry carved from local Quahog shells from Stony Creek Gifts make the perfect memorabilia from your island vacation. Make your way to Aquinnah and discover these beautiful pieces.

10. Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse

Seasoned thespians and casual theatergoers alike are sure to find enjoyment at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. From dramatic classics to new play readings, the variety of events brings in crowds from near and far. Stop in for a production and you’re sure to rub shoulders with local enthusiasts and Hollywood stars in the same night.

For more fun Martha's Vineyard activities, consider our exclusive resort activities, biking, or a golf outing at our partner golf course.