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Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip

The Cape & Islands offer an endless variety of wedding venues, vacation options, and fun-filled daytrips

Photos by: Don Sylor

From taking a ride on an antique carousel to shopping in Oak Bluffs (2) and dining at a variety of great island restaurants, Martha’s Vineyard offers many unique options for any visitor. And with several modes of transportation—including bicycles, mopeds, buses, and taxis—traveling to and between these destinations can add to the fun.

Any Vineyard trip should include a visit to the historic Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs. Constructed in 1876, the carousel was originally operated as an amusement park ride in Coney Island, New York, before it was brought to the Vineyard a decade later. The popular merry-go-round is the nation’s oldest platform carousel and has been designated a national landmark. The ride is open on Saturdays and Sundays in spring and fall, and every day from June 21 to Labor Day.

Next, spend some time shopping on Oak Bluffs’ main boulevard, Circuit Avenue, which offers dozens of eateries and unique boutiques. Then, be sure to stroll through nearby Wesleyan Grove to view the 300 brightly decorated gingerbread cottages. The site has a unique history, as the area was first developed in the mid-19th century as a Methodist Camp Meeting site. The cottages are colorful and creatively designed, and a sight that can’t be missed!

Getting thirsty? Bad Martha’s brewery in Edgartown offers free beer tastings along with freshly baked pretzel loaves served with homemade mustard. On weekends, enjoy outdoor games and live music too.

Be sure to stop at the American Legion Memorial Bridge (1) at the Edgartown/Oak Bluffs town line. Known to many as the “Jaws Bridge” due to its prominence in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 thriller—which was filmed on the island—the span is also a popular recreation spot. For many visitors and islanders, jumping off the bridge—despite the posted warnings—has become a summertime rite of passage.

Before boarding the ferry back to the mainland, be sure to grab dinner at The Black Dog Tavern in Vineyard Haven. The Garlic Crusted Codfish is a great choice for a perfect meal to end a day on the island.

Mary Stanley — Day Trips Articles



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