Martha’s Vineyard is an island that includes the smaller Chappaquiddick Island and it is just off the south of Cape Cod in New England. It is just less than 90 square miles and boasts a wonderful collection of old cottages, white bluffed sandy beaches and tourist attractions.
One of the most notable points of interest in Martha’s Vineyard is a town called Vineyard (Tisbury.) The main attraction in this summer resort area is the West Chop Light House that stands on the north end of the Island. Not far from this lighthouse is a steamboat wharf that boasts 150 years of history. The entire town is charming and boasts quaint architectural examples of coastal cottages from the last couple of centuries.
Another big attraction for Islanders is the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs. Built in 1876, this is one of the oldest operating carousels in the United States. It was moved from Coney Island to Martha’s Vineyard in 1884. Each horse has a smaller animal carved in the pupil of each eye. As the horses go around riders can catch a brass rings and hook them on top of their horse. As of 2010, rides are two dollars each.
Edgartown is an old whaling town that is full of examples of 18th and 19th century architecture. This is the place where Jaws was filmed. It is also home to the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, which is run by the Massachusetts Audubon Society.
West Tisbury is home to Lambert’s Cove which is a hilly area of the Island with picturesque features such as an old cranberry bog, the public beach known as Lambert’s Cove Beach and a spectacular forest of oak and beach trees.
Chilmark boasts one of the most popular sunset watching spots in the world. This fishing town has the highest average property value of any city or town in Massachusetts. This town is a swimming haven with five beaches on the ocean and one on the inner shore of Menemsha Bay.
Aquinna, formerly known as Gay Head, has a large American Indian population. The Wampanoag were whaling in the area long before English colonists settled it. However the reason to visit Aquinna is to see the brightly colored clay cliffs and the aqua colored oceans with its very high waves. The cliffs figure very prominently in the myths and spirituality of the Wampanoag. Yet another famous feature of Gay Head is its notorious nude, each which is also known as “Jungle Beach.”
As you can see there are tons of relaxing and interesting things to do in this area of the United States that boasts some of the most interesting curious and wonderful scenic vistas in “The New World.”