Martha's Vineyard

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Relaxing is the main goal of island visitors and the beaches see a lot of action. Between lounging in the sun and downing lobster, however, there are a number of sites that are worth visiting, especially for those who have at least a week to burn on Martha's Vineyard.

Things to do in Martha's Vineyard

“Campground” Cottages

Like something straight out of Alice in Wonderland, this picturesque 19th-century enclave, with its 300+ shockingly bright, diminutive cottages (formerly part of a Methodist campground), borders on surreal. At their center is the Tabernacle, unique for its octagonal cupola.

Oak Bluffs, MA, 508-693-0525, www.mvcma.org
Tags: family | historic | things to do | outdoors | architecture

Chicama Vineyard

Adding credibility to the island’s name, this winery – owned and operated by the Mathiesen family since 1971 – produces seven types of wines, including the more-than-worthy Chenin Blanc. After a free tour and tasting, pick up a bottle to bring home.

Stoney Hill Rd., MA, 508-693-0309, www.chicamavineyards.com
Tags: editor pick | things to do | tour | wine

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

Dedicate an afternoon to trekking one of the six trails that thread this 250-acre sanctuary spanning woodlands, meadows, ponds, salt marshes, and barrier beaches. Keep an eye out for birds like ospreys, tree swallows, and wood ducks.

Felix Neck Dr. (Off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd.), MA, 508-627-4850, www.massaudubon.org
Tags: family | hiking | things to do | outdoors | wildlife

Field Gallery

The Field Gallery, originally designed to showcase local talent, now includes the works of national artists, too. See local sculptor Tom Maley’s fanciful pieces outside, and rotating collections of paintings and photographs inside. Sunday afternoon receptions are a summer island tradition.

1050 State Rd., MA, 800-355-3090, www.fieldgallery.com
Tags: art | things to do | outdoors | culture

Gay Head Lighthouse

Still in operation after 150 years, the scrupulously maintained Gay Head Lighthouse is a national landmark. Tour it at sunset for impressive views of Gay Head Cliffs and the Vineyard Sound.

9 Aquinnah Circle, MA, 508-645-9954
Tags: family | editor pick | historic | views | things to do

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

Curious about the evolution of Martha’s Vineyard? Over 30,000 artifacts ranging from paintings, sculptures, and costumes to decoys, hunting tools, and fishing boats, provide a comprehensive look at the island’s history.

59 School St., MA, 508-627-4441 x110, www.mvmuseum.org
Tags: family | editor pick | things to do | history

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