African American Heritage Trail Tours The African American Heritage Trail of Martha¹s Vineyard is a physical entity comprised of 26 sites dedicated to the formerly unrecognized contributions made by people of African descent to the history of the island. At each of these sites a descriptive plaque has been placed. There are 3 types of tours offered, a 1.5 hr Oak Bluffs Tour, 2.5 hr Oak Bluffs and Edgartown Tour or the 4-hour All Island Tour. $35-$65. Visit our website for more information: mvafricanamericanheritagetrail
Aquinnah Cultural Center Tours of the Vanderhoop Homestead, a 19th century Wampanoag farmhouse containing much of the original furniture and household items from the builder of the home and subsequent generations of the Vanderhoop family. Exhibits of Wampanoag Whaling, Gay Head clay and pottery, the Wampanog Keepers of the Gay Head Lighthouse, and 19th and 20th century tourism of the Cliffs. Open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 11 – 4. Vanderhoop Homestead, Aquinnah Cliffs, Erwin Vanderhoop Homestead, 19th-century Gay Head farmstead. 508-645-7900; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cape Poge Lighthouse Sit back and enjoy an over-sand vehicle tour to the remote Cape Poge Lighthouse. Climb the spiral staircase of the century-old wooden lighthouse and discover intriguing stories of the light keepers who watched over these ocean waters. This tour is great for explorers of all ages! Pre-registration strongly suggested. Complimentary pick-up/drop-off from the Chappy Ferry provided to those who pre-register. Members Adult: $20. Nonmembers Adult: $25. All Children: $12. Call 508-627-3599 to pre-register.
Edgartown Lighthouse 121 North Water St., Edgartown. $5 suggested donation. mvmuseum.org; 508-627-4441.
Featherstone Center for the Arts Gallery that features art, music, workshops and more. 30 Featherstone Ln. off Barnes Rd., Oak Bluffs. Classes, artist’s exhibitions, and more. Daily, 12–4 pm. featherstoneart.org; 508-693-1850.
Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary 4 miles of trail coverage featuring kayak tours, gardens and more. Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd., Edgartown. Daily. Programs; Discovery Room. $4; $3 child/senior; free for Mass Audubon members. 508-627-4850.
The FARM Institute Year-round institution dedicated to educating the community about the benefits of farming. Katama, Edgartown. Meat and produce available at farm stand. 508-627-7007; farminstitute.org.
Gay Head Light $5 suggested donation. mvmuseum.org; 508-627-4441 ext. 123.
Island Alpaca Co. Farm Visits & Alpaca Discovery for all ages. 1 Head of the Pond Rd., Oak Bluffs. Daily 10 am-4 pm. Self-guided tour, Gift Shop. $5 suggested donation. Alpaca Discovery: $25, Pre-register: 508-693-5554.
MVCMA Gingerbread Walking Tours The historic cottages within the Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association are well-known and well-loved for their unique charm. Join one of the guided walking tours of the MVCMA grounds to step back 160 in history! Tours are on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:00 am beginning inside the Tabernacle. Tickets are $12 per person and available for purchase in the Museum Shop. Children under 10 are free. Pass to Cottage Museum included. Private walking tours are available and may be arranged for you and your group by calling (508) 693-0525. 1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs. mvcma.org.
Martha’s Vineyard Museum The Martha’s Vineyard Museum inspires all people to discover, explore, and strengthen their connection to this Island and its diverse heritage. Our campus features the 1730s Cooke Family Historic House, the original Gay Head Lighthouse lens, kids’ programming, lecture series, and more. Open seven days a week from 10 am-5 pm, Sunday 12 noon-5 pm. The Research Library is open Tuesday and Thursday from 1-4 pm or by appointment. $10 General Admission; $5 Seniors; $5 Child; Free members/children under 6. mvmuseum.org.
Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust Buildings Organization to protect and preserve 18 historic Island sites. Edgartown: Vincent House (1672); Dr. Daniel Fisher house (1840); and the Old Whaling Church (1842). Tours: $10; child under 12 free. By appointment. mvpreservation.org; 508-627-8720.
Martha’s Vineyard Tours and Excursions Charter and private tours available around the Island. Pickups from ferries, hotels, airport and others. 1-, 2-, 3-, or 4-hour narrated tours. marthasvineyardexcursion.com; 508-654-0381.
Martha’s Vineyard Transport Providing van tours of the Island. mvislandtours.com, 508-939-1359.
MV Tour Guides Historic walking tour of Edgartown (meet at Whaling Church). Please call to reserve times. 508-499-TOUR. mvtourguide.com.
Native Earth Teaching Farm 94 North Rd., Chilmark. Open for farm tours, animal visits, foraging and fiber arts. Natural dyes, fiber arts, animal visits, more. 508-645-3304; nativeearthteachingfarm.org.
Polly Hill Arboretum: Horticulture and botanical landmark featuring rare trees, plants, and shrubs since 1958. 795 State Rd. West Tisbury. Grounds open daily from sunrise to sunset. Tours by appointment Members and children under 12 free, all others $5 admission. No dogs please. 508-693-9426
Vineyard Ghosts Walking Tours Ghost tours of Oak Bluffs departing from The Secret Garden, Vineyard Haven from Bunch of Grapes, and Edgartown from Edgartown Books.