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Discover the Martha’s Vineyard Outdoor Adventures

by Harbor View Hotel

Stunning sandy beaches, picturesque pastures and charming gingerbread cottages make Martha’s Vineyard a spectacular destination right off the coast of Massachusetts. This unique and endearing island is almost 100 square miles of idyllic landscape, relaxing trails and fun-filled activities for the entire family. Charming boutiques, fresh seafood restaurants and annual food, wine and music festivals are just some of the ways visitors can enjoy quality time in this beloved destination. However, to truly make the most of your visit, we highly recommend taking advantage of the plethora of outdoor adventures waiting for you on this enchanting island. Whether you want a closer look at local wildlife or are hoping to enjoy a quiet picnic lunch on the sandy shores, Martha’s Vineyard has something for everyone.


Lying directly off the country’s eastern shoreline, Martha’s Vineyard is home to five beautiful lighthouses, each with its own unique story. Playing a crucial role in local maritime history, these landmarks are now predominantly used as museums, with all but one open to the public for exploration and education. The Edgartown Harbor Light is a favorite among visitors and locals alike. Located just across the street from the Harbor View Hotel, this lighthouse is open to visitors throughout the day. In season, during visiting hours, a lighthouse keeper is there to answer any questions you have about its fascinating history.


While exploring this captivating island on your own time will certainly be an adventure, the best way to get to know a destination is by taking advantage of local knowledge and expertise. Martha’s Vineyard offers a variety of private and group tours ideal for getting a complete look at this charming island. Whether you’re looking for a guided tour of every town on the island, a closer look at the famous gingerbread-style cottages lining the streets, or a driving tour to discover the island’s famous movie locations, we guarantee you can find something perfect for you here.


Local dedication to natural preservation is abundant throughout this island. Martha’s Vineyard boasts several highly protected wildlife sanctuaries, guaranteeing a safe and peaceful environment for local animals and visitors. Avid birdwatchers will love the opportunity to see a variety of rare species. And the regrowth that has taken place since many of the parks’ openings has made it possible for local plant varieties to make a significant comeback. Many of these pristinely cared-for parks are open to the public year-round, and strolling through them is a wonderful way to enjoy an afternoon in nature. South Beach State Park and Wasque Beach on Chappaquiddick are local favorites; unlike traditional parks, these both boast beautiful beaches.


With hundreds of outdoor trails winding their way through the island, it’s easy to see how Martha’s Vineyard became a top destination for outdoor enthusiasts in New England. These trails offer stunning scenery with panoramic hilltop views, picturesque beaches and charming untouched forests that allow visitors’ imaginations to run wild. The majority of nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries on the island offer trails to explore with varying degrees of difficulty, ensuring an idyllic adventure whether you’re looking for a peaceful stroll through the woods or something a little more challenging.


Local waters play a particularly large role in day-to-day life on Martha’s Vineyard, so we highly recommend you take the time to enjoy some of the local water sports during your visit. Kayaking is one of the most popular outdoor activities, with several tours and equipment rentals on the island. The island has peaceful ponds, which are popular for kayaking. However, there are also ocean kayaking opportunities if you’re looking for a bit more of a thrill.


Another popular water activity on Martha’s Vineyard is swimming. Many of the stunning beaches here offer great opportunities for taking a relaxing dip in the warmer months of the year. Popular beaches include South Beach in Katama, East Beach on Chappaquiddick Island and Joseph Sylvia State Beach in Oak Bluffs. Swimming on Martha’s Vineyard is a rewarding experience. Along with a refreshing dip in the cool water, you are sure to experience unbelievable views of the ocean and the island’s well-preserved natural landscapes.


A corner of Martha’s Vineyard that beckons more aquatic exploration is Chappaquiddick Island. This island-off the-island is a beautiful rural point that defines the easternmost reaches of the area. While you can take a short ferry from Martha’s Vineyard to explore the 1,000 acres of preserved wild spaces, this is also a great launch point for those interested in taking on the oceanic surroundings. This can mean everything from cove exploration via kayak to long strolls along one of the sea-hugging trails that “Chappy” (as the locals call it) has to offer.


A number of charted yacht adventures and commercial cruises are on offer to enjoy Martha’s Vineyard’s pristine environs from the water itself — and in luxurious style. Morning cruises are available for early birds who love how the morning light dances on the water. Families often opt for lunchtime jaunts, keeping an eye out for passing sail boats and yachts. Couples might prefer sunset cruises, which offer inspiration paired with cocktails and a romantic mood. Whether you create your own agenda, with a charter taking you wherever you want to go, there’s no better way to enjoy the island than from the water! A paradise filled with exciting outdoor adventures, picturesque towns, and world-class shops and restaurants, Martha’s Vineyard is an ideal destination for visitors looking for a truly unforgettable experience.



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