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 & Edgartown Tour or the 4-hour All Island Tour. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 9:00am and 1:00pm. $35-$65 Visit our website for more information: mvafricanamericanheritagetrail
African American History Tour Guided tour of the history and evolution of Martha’s Vineyard’s African American presence. By appointment. 12 historical sites, 90 minutes. $25; $10 child under 12. 508-693-8714.
Aquinnah Cultural Center Documentation of the historical development of Aquinnah and the Wampanoag tribe. Vanderhoop Homestead, Aquinnah Cliffs. Erwin Vanderhoop Homestead, 19th century Gay Head farmstead. Wed., Thu., Fri., Sat., 11 am–4 pm. 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.. Daily through Columbus Day at 9.30am, Noon, 2pm. Members Adult: $20. Nonmembers Adult: $25. All Children: $12. Call 508-627-3599 to pre-register.
Edgartown Lighthouse 121 North Water St., Edgartown. Open weekends Sept 10 – Oct 9 and Columbus Day Oct 10, 10am-5pm.. $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 noon–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. Tours; meat & produce available at farm stand. 508-627-7007; farminstitute.org.
Gay Head Light Open daily July 1 – Oct. 10, 11am-4pm. $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 – 5 pm. Self-guided tour, Gift Shop. $5 suggested donation. Alpaca Discovery: 9:30-11 am, $25, Pre-register: 508-693-5554.
Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association Cottage Museum and Gift Shop Association dedicated to teaching about Island cultural and religious history. 1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs. mvcma.org; 508-693-4584; 508-677-7184.
Martha’s Vineyard Museum New exhibits, 1730’s Cooke Family Period House, original Gay Head lighthouse lens, kids’ programming, lecture series, more. Cooke and School sts., Edgartown. Mon.–Sat. 10 am–4 pm. Library, Tues. & Thurs., 1–4 pm or by appt. $6; $5 seniors; $4 child; free members/children under 6. 508-627-4441; 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. Open April through November. mvislandtours.com, 508-939-1359.
MV Tour Guides Historic walking tour of Edgartown through Nov. 10 (meet at Whaling Church). Tuesday’s 10-11:15 am. 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, Weds, Sat, and Sun. 10-6. 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. Tours start June 15.