Vineyard Haven, MA is a must-see for all Martha’s Vineyard visitors. This small, waterfront town (population: just a shade over 2,000) boasts a picturesque harbor, excellent shopping, and fine dining, all in an area comprising just over 1.5 square miles. Bring the family (or a significant other) and enjoy an afternoon in this beautiful hamlet.
What We Love About Vineyard Haven
Tranquility – it’s something many people experience far too rarely. Their busy schedules require constant scampering here and there, day after day. In Vineyard Haven, those same people can simply be. Sit harborside and watch ferries arriving and departing. Wander the quiet streets, absorbing the history emanating from the 17th and 18th century buildings dotting the townscape. Explore the shops. Eat at one of the local restaurants. Above all, just relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, located south of Vineyard Haven, protects Martha’s Vineyard’s wildlife and habitat, along with its spectacular views. Visitors to the sanctuary may enjoy guided group tours, either by foot or kayak, learning about the area’s flora and fauna. Have kids? Bring them along! The sanctuary hosts a variety of fun, child-friendly activities, such as Nature Bingo and a Mass Audubon Quest. Don’t miss out on an adventure through this magnificent slice of Vineyard Haven!
Plenty of places (including Vineyard Haven) contain historical homes and buildings. Few, however, possess an authentic 19th-century carousel. Flying Horses, located in nearby Oak Bluffs (east of Vineyard Haven), boasts America’s oldest platform carousel. Swing by this National Historic Landmark and, for only $1.50, take a ride on a century-old steed.
During the warmer months, Vineyard Haven visitors love swimming at Lake Tashmoo Town Beach. The beach has two sides: the ocean side and the lake side. Swimmers wishing to experience warmer and calmer waters should visit the lake side. Would-be swimmers also have the option of dipping their toes in Tisbury’s Waterworks Park.
Vineyard Haven visitors shouldn’t miss the West Chop Lighthouse. This 45-foot tall lighthouse, situated along the entrance to Vineyard Haven Harbor, is closed to the public. Visitors, however, may take pictures of the elegant structure set against the beautiful harbor backdrop.
If, by chance, the weather isn’t great (or you’re simply wandering through town), check out some of the shops in downtown Vineyard Haven. Photography lovers will enjoy visiting Seaworthy Gallery: a small gallery featuring Jeff Serusa’s stunning photography. Most of his works have a maritime theme, ranging from the harbor, to boats and ships, to lighthouses. The gallery also offers a variety of historical New England nautical charts available for purchase.
Be sure to reserve your accommodations through Sandpiper Rentals. Our Martha’s Vineyard vacation rentals are ideal for relaxing and unwinding in between all of the great activities you can participate in during your time on the island. Our rental properties are located all over Martha’s Vineyard, so you can choose to stay on your favorite part of the island. Whether you want to be right in town or more isolated, we have the perfect rental for you. Our homes are all unique, yet they all offer comfortable accommodations and luxurious amenities. Visit our website to check availability and learn about all of our services!
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