111 Circuit Avenue Oak Bluffs, MA 2557 +1 508 693 4032
According to the owners and locals, The Lampost is the oldest running nightclub in the United States. Due to its age, this massive building has a lot of character and quirkiness to make this a must see hot spot on the Vineyard. Live music, karoake, keno, DJ's, pool tournaments and trivia are all regularly held events at this dive bar/concert venue. Let down your hair and party like a local!
Seaview Avenue & Ocean Avenue Oak Bluffs, MA 2557 +1 508 693 2303
The Ocean Park is not much to write home about by itself, as it's treeless and has only the usual seats and a gazebo to grab a bite at. However a fabulous setting by the ocean offers joggers panoramic views especially during sunset. Even in the warmest weather, a gentle breeze is always blowing much to the delight of day trippers and picnicking families. Because of its expansive layout by the sea, the park is used at night for firework displays, food festivals and other community events.
In the 1800s, religious camps were popular on the island. As popularity increased, this open-air wrought iron structure was built, which is believed to be the largest of its kind in the US. With seating for 3,000 people and exquisite woodworking and stained glass, it is truly a magnificent sight. In 1979, its centennial year, it was named to the National Register of Historic Places. The Tabernacle is used today for concerts, Sunday church services, community sing-alongs and special ceremonies.
E Chop Drive & Munrose Avenue Oak Bluffs, MA 2557 +1 508 627 4441
The lighthouse, on the bluffs near the historic town of Oak Bluffs, has been standing since the 1800s. The present tower, standing at 40 feet, was constructed in 1875, but the original dwellings and outbuildings have since been demolished. The gleaming white tower was painted a deep, chocolate brown in the past. The flashing green light serves as a marker for the U.S. Coast Guard. The grounds are open to the public and the interior is occasionally open for tours. It is presently operated by the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society.
56R School Street Vineyard Haven, MA 02568 +1 508 693 9433
A welcome refuge on a rainy day, this library offers Internet access in addition to the expected books and tapes. There is an active children's program, including story time for pre-schoolers, with times that vary with the season. Library cards are free for Massachusetts' residents; there is a nominal charge for out of state residents. Other services available to the public are a fax machine, a copy machine and "mainland" newspapers for those who need their New York Times fix.
Oak Bluffs Ave and Circuit Ave Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 +1 508 693 9481
Since 1884, islanders have enjoyed the beauty of this magnificent carousel. Built by Charles W.F. Dare, it is the nation's oldest platform carousel still in operation. Acquired by the Preservation Trust in 1986, the carousel is a National Historic Landmark. Children (and others) may enjoy a ride from Easter Sunday through Columbus Day. Rides cost just USD1 and if you catch the brass ring, you ride for free. Video games and refreshments are also available. Open from Easter Saturday to Columbus Day (schedule varies).
In 1835, members of a church decided to use this part of the island for a summer meeting. Each year, the meeting became more and more popular. Soon, members of the congregation built cottages and stayed longer. Eventually, their "gingerbread" cottages filled the entire 34 acres and the town of Oak Bluffs was formed. Today, Oak Bluffs, on the northern shore of Martha's Vineyard, is a resort town with shops and restaurants. The beaches and walking and biking trails are a big attraction. To this day, it is still the home of an annual religious revival.
55 Narragansett Avenue Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 +1 508 6274440(Organizers)
The historic Union Chapel with its unique octagonal cupola was built in 1870 by the architect Samuel Freeman Pratt and is located in the center of Oak Bluffs. The chapel is one of the favorite venues for weddings, performing arts, concerts and festivals.
Menemsha Inn Road & Pitch Pine Lane Chilmark, MA 2535 +1 508 693 3678
Menemsha Hills Reservation features 211 acres of woodland, rolling hills and sand cliffs, with 150-foot high headlands overlook the sea. There are over 3 miles of foot trails that lead past ancient stone walls through blueberry woodlands to the beach. On any given day harbor seals and flocks of scoters (sea ducks) are said to come ashore, adding to the scenic mile-long trail that runs to Prospect Hill, with a spectacular view of Gay Head.
59 School Street Edgartown, MA 02539 +1 508 627 4441
The Martha's Vineyard Museum and Historical Society is devoted to the history and culture of this small Massachusetts island. Visitors to this museum can trace back their ancestry through the Historical Society's extensive genealogical services. There are special exhibits, classes, seminars, workshops, movies and other intellectually stimulating events throughout the year.
Located among the infamous gingerbread cottages of historic Oak Bluffs,
The Pequot Hotel is a great example of classic vineyard accommodations. Picture yourself lounging in the wooden rocking chairs out front, munching on homemade muffins in the morning or ...
The Old Whaling Church, named as such because it was
built by whaling captains in 1843, is the perfect location for a vineyard wedding. With spectacular views and Greek revival architecture, the Old Whaling Church is a sight to ...
Alley's General Store has been in business since 1858 and
is on the list of historic sites of the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust as the oldest operating retailer on the island. You can get everything from fishing lures to ...