Martha’s Vineyard is the perfect New England spot for family vacations or weekend getaways. With all of these things to do on Martha’s Vineyard, you’ll never be bored!

Packed with New England charm, beaches, great restaurants, galleries and shopping, there’s something for everyone here.

Keep reading for our complete guide to the 20 best things to do on Martha’s Vineyard!

A Martha's Vineyard beach and ocean scene, with sailboats throughout
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Martha’s Vineyard can be anything you want it to be. Take a weekend away with a partner for a romantic and relaxing getaway. Or, spend vacation time there with your entire family!

We are fortunate to have enjoyed the island in both ways! Recently, we took our three girls to Martha’s Vineyard for a family trip, and we found so many fun things to do.

While we love to visit my uncle in Bethany Beach Delaware each summer, this was their first time vacationing in this part of New England. Read more about Things to do on Nantucket here!

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Three little girls on a beach in Martha's Vineyard

Things to do on Martha’s Vineyard

Today, we’re sharing all the wonderful things to do on Martha’s Vineyard that we’ve discovered over the years. I hope this post is helpful if you’re planning a trip, or just dreaming about the future!

If you’re just beginning to research a trip to Martha’s Vineyard, you might be wondering how to get there! Luckily a quick ferry ride makes the process so simple.

We found so many fun things to do with the kids, and some of them might just surprise you – alpacas included!

Three little girls at Island Alpacas, a great idea for things to do on Martha's Vineyard


  • While the gardens on the islands tend to peak in July, traveling to Martha’s Vineyard in the fall is also recommended because of lower crowds.
  • If you don’t bring a car, don’t fret. There are several places to rent a car or bike to explore the island and both Uber and taxis are readily available!
  • Want to check out Nantucket, too? You can do both! Take the Inter-Island ferry to Nantucket for the day.
Three little girls doing handstands on a beach on Martha's Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard Dining Suggestions

  • For a dinner with a romantic ambiance, I highly suggest Alchemy. The Cacio e Pepe with truffles was to-die-for!
  • The girls loved Back Door Donuts and Town – the mac and cheese bites were incredible.
  • So many great ice cream options – Mad Martha’s is popular with several locations.
  • Don’t miss the local fish markets in Menemsha. You can’t go to Martha’s Vineyard without trying the lobster rolls and chowder.
Raw oysters on a white place with a shingled building in the background

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Martha’s Vineyard best known for?

The island fabulous historic New England lighthouses thanks to rocky shores and strong tides. It’s jam packed full of maritime history and such a beautiful place to visit!

How much time should you spend on Martha’s Vineyard?

You’ll want to plan for at least two days, but you can easily spend a week and not get bored!

Is it easy to get around Martha’s Vineyard without a car?

Yes! Ubers and taxis are available, and you can also rent traditional or electric bicycles to navigate the island. You can hop on a bus to other towns as well!

A Martha's Vineyard beach and ocean scene, with sailboats throughout

20 Things to do on Martha’s Vineyard

Take a Stroll

Stroll the neighborhoods and enjoy the beautiful copper lanterns, cedar shake shingles, abundant hydrangea and all the charm that Edgartown has to offer.

Hotels like Hob Knob and The Franklin have really inspiring decor, too!

Three little girls on a beach in Martha's Vineyard

Gingerbread Houses in Oak Bluffs

Visit the gingerbread houses in Oak Bluffs – this is a perfect little jaunt on your way to or from the ferry.

Go Biking

Explore the island via bike. The adorable Nantucket baskets add a little charm, don’t you think? Bike along the water to Oak Bluffs or to the South Beach for a picnic.

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Murdock’s Fudge

Watch them make the fudge right in front of you – delicious and educational. A great stop with kids!

Three little girls standing in front of Murdock's Fudge in Martha's Vineyard

Have a Picnic

Pack a picnic for the beach. There are so many great to-go sandwich options on the island! 

Edgartown Harbor Light - things to do on Martha's Vineyard

Go Sailing

See the island by sea for a true Vineyard experience.

Three girls on a sailboat in Martha's Vineyard

Head to the Beach

Spend a day at one of the area beaches. There are a number of beautiful family friendly beaches including South Beach, Lighthouse Beach and Long Point Refuge Beach.

East and West beaches are very calm, perfect for small kids. South shore waves are larger (albeit still small).

Three little girls on a beach in Martha's Vineyard

Check out Bad Martha

Bad Martha is the local brewery that doubles as a nursery. Grab a cheese plate and enjoy a few games in the courtyard while there.

Dine Waterside

The Atlantic is impeccably decorated and offers beautiful harbor side views. It’s so much fun to dine as you watch the boats come and go!

Three little girls sitting at an outdoor patio table at a restaurant on Martha's Vineyard

Shop the local boutiques

Our favorites included League of Gentleman (which is thoughtfully decorated), Portobello Road, which offers local and vintage art, and Edgartown Clothing Company.

Peruse the art galleries. There were so many pieces I’d love to add to our home!

Martha's Vineyard retail store, with t shirts in the background and vintage art for sale.

Take In The Scenery at Aquinnah Cliffs

Bundle up and head to the Cliffs. It’s easily accessible with nearby parking and offers breathtaking views. It is quite a bit cooler and windier, so bundle up!

Martha's Vineyard The Cliffs

Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge

This is a beautiful barrier beach area with a large salt marsh and salt pond. Pack a lunch and spend the afternoon!

The Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary is another wonderful option to check out the local wildlife.

Alpaca Farm

Visit Island Alpaca for a great way to spend some time with your kids! This is such a wonderful stop.

Two little girls in a photo opportunity for Island Alpacas

If you’re traveling with kids, you have to visit the carousel. It’s the oldest one in the US, built in 1876, and the girls loved it. Try to grab a ring!

A little girl on a vintage carousel in Martha's Vineyard


Walk to the Edgartown Harbor Light – a small lighthouse marking the entrance to the Edgartown Harbor. It’s another beautiful place to enjoy a picnic while watching boats come and go.

Venture to the top of the recently moved Gay Head Lighthouse, conveniently located next to The Cliffs or visit one of the other four Martha’s Vineyard Lighthouses.

Three little girls standing in front of a lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard

Watch the Sunset

Grab a bottle of wine (the area is BYOB) from Oak Bluffs or Edgartown and venture to Menemsha beach for a breathtaking sunset on the beach.

Or, read your book and relax! It doesn’t get any better than this!

A little girl laying on a towel at sunset on Martha's Vineyard

Visit Joseph Sylvia State Beach

Jump off the famous Jaws bridge! This beach area is good for fishing, swimming, kiteboarding, windsurfing and more. Try a new water sport like parasailing!

While the movie might have made it seem scary, this beach is actually excellent for kids. The beach is wide and there is a lot to see and do here!

Three little girls parasailing on Martha's Vineyard

Indulge in the Local Food

Visit the local fish markets in Menemsha and try the lobster rolls and chowder. Pace yourself and do your due diligence by trying all three!

A white building on the harbor of martha's vineyard

Hike a Beach Trail

Walk along the trail / Joseph Sylvia State Beach to enjoy the flowers.

Martha's Vineyard shoreline

What do you think? Have you visited Martha’s Vineyard, or do you dream of visiting one day? I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Thank you for these tips! I found them very helpful. It seems such a peaceful destination, I must visit some day 🙂

  2. Thanks for your advice. It is extremely helpful! my family and I are in the Vineyard currently, so we plan to visit some of the places you mentioned.

  3. Wow, I love this post, and it’s so helpful! I want to hurry up and plan my trip to Martha’s Vineyard right now!

  4. Just saw your Martha’s Vineyards tips and pictures, which were awesome. Glad you had a great time, but wish you had come to Nantucket Island. Maybe next anniversary. Love your blog by the way.

    1. Thanks, Naomi! I actually did have the opportunity to visit Nantucket for the day. We sailed around the island, visited the Whaling Museum, some shops, the brewery and drove around for a bit. I’d love to explore more if the opportunity presents itself!