Martha’s Vineyard may be an island, but it’s not a small one—certainly not one easily seen by foot or bike alone, let alone in a matter of hours. The island is comprised of six towns, each sizable and with a unique personality. The best way to see them all? Get in a car, or on a Vineyard Transportation Authority or tour bus, and drive.
Patch has mapped out three towns not to be missed that are located at approximately 15-, 30- and 60-minute drives from the main ferry port in Vineyard Haven. Keep your eyes peeled during the ride, as getting there is half the fun. Don’t neglect the other three towns, either; they’re equally worth of your attention.
15 Minutes Away: Oak Bluffs
Oak Bluffs is the center of Martha's Vineyard nightlife, but it's rollicking at any time of the day. Check out historic gingerbread houses at the Martha's Vineyad Campmeeting Association, a former Methodist campground, plus the seven-acre Ocean Park and the Flying Horses carousel —it's the oldest continually operated carousel in the country!
30 Minutes Away: Edgartown
Edgartown is known for its high-end shops and restaurants, but its true to claim to fame is its stately white homes and churches that bear the imprint of the town's rich whaling history.
60 Minutes Away: Aquinnah
The tiny town of Aquinnah, located at the southwestern tip of the island, boasts less than 500 year-round residents, many of whom are members of the Wampanoag Native American tribe that has lived on this land for thousands of years. The town is renowned for its striking natural beauty, including pristine beaches, clay cliffs and open fields.