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A Walking Tour of Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard

From the charming town to the sunny beach

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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 0.2 miles
Duration: Full day
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Overview :  Just seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts lies the island of Martha’s Vineyard. Though occupation of the island dates back to... more »

Tips:  The majority of visitors get to the island by ferry. Passenger ferry boats leave from four mainland Massachusetts ports. These are... more »

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Points of Interest

Once you've made your way to Edgartown from a ferry or the airport, start your day off at the Edgartown Lighthouse. This is an iconic spot and wonderful for pictures.

Address: Edgartown Harbor, Edgartown, Martha’s Vineyard, MA
Phone: 508-627-4411
Admission: $5 Adults, Children 12 and under free
Hours: June 20 – September 5 Open daily 11am –... More

2. North Water Street

Walk down North Water Street to see the best of the stately, white clapboard Federal-style mansions of the whaling captains. There are tons of cute shops to check out along the way, most owner run. Chain stores are frowned upon in the Vineyard.

The Vincent House, built in 1672, is the oldest known house on the island. It has five rooms furnished with period antiques that depict life throughout the last four centuries. While the architecture is gorgeous, this stop is probably of more interest to adults than to kids.

Address: 99 Main Street
Phone: 508-627-8017
Admission: $10 per... More

The Old Whaling Church, which was built in 1843 for Edgartown's Methodist whaling captains, is now a performing arts center. Look in the local paper for special events, such as a brass band on the Fourth of July.

Address: 99 Main Street
Phone: 508-627-8017
Admission: $10 per person and includes tour of Vincent House Museum
Hours: May 1 –... More

Stop by for fish and chips, a cold brew and some colonial ambiance at this classic pub, which is one of the oldest buildings on island. Built in 1742, it still has its original rough-hewn beams, ballast brick walls and warm hearth.

Address: 23 Kelly Street
Phone: 508-627-4397
Admission: Menu available online at
http://www.kelley-house.com... More

6. Sheriff's Meadow Sanctuary

Walk off lunch on a lovely a 20-minute jaunt along the Ruth and Ed Brooks Trail, which offers scenic views of Eel Pond and Nantucket Sound and of the Sheriff’s Meadow Pond, John Butler’s Mudhole and the surrounding environment. This is an easy and fun diversion for children. Look for swans floating along the pond and other woodland creatures as... More

7. The Farm Institute

An unusual activity on the Vineyard is a stop at the Farm Institute in Edgartown, a nonprofit organization of farmers, teachers and community activists dedicated to educating and engaging children and adults in sustainable agriculture on a diverse 162-acre working farm.
Address: 14 Aero Avenue, Edgartown
Phone: 508-627-7007
Tour admission
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After your hours of sightseeing, reward yourself with a dip in the ocean. There are three miles of barrier beach on the South Shore at the end of Katama Road. The surf is usually rough, but it’s an absolutely beautiful setting. There are lifeguards in season. It is an easy walk from the parking lot. Don't forget to bring water and sunscreen.

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