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Things to do in Marthas Vineyard

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park Ride / Attraction
“The Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest operating platform carousel in America. Located in the historic resort community of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard, the carousel was apparently first located in New York City before being moved to the island in the 1880s.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Very popular place for breakfast! Get there as early as possible, definitely before 8 am. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Catch the big waves on the south shore! Big parking lot, a lot of people, fun vibe!”
  • 28 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food, very lively atmosphere. We love that place. It is quite loud though so don’t expect intimate conversation!”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Close to home base, the black dog tavern by the water is a great breakfast/lunch/dinner spot but love it for breakfast best. Have some eggs Benedict while watching the boats go by in the harbor....the light is gorgeous in the morning. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Go for the decor, and then go back for the food. Love this restaurant. Great for a romantic dinner by the fire.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
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“Spiffy indoor-outdoor option for steak & seafood boasts a yacht-club vibe & occasional live music. Go at night and sit outside for an unforgettable experience. Perfect for any season!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Beloved local market where you can get lots of locally produced foods. Personal favorites - Little Rock Farm pies. They have everything! $$$$”
  • 22 locals recommend
Fish Market
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“Fresh seafood cooked to order. This place is owned and run by the two sisters of The owner of The Net Result in Vineyard Haven. Equally as full of quality. Take out only but sit on the wharf at makeshift tables and watch the fishing boats and fancy yachts come and go. Economical and delicious. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“One of the most amazing sunsets on the island. Pack a picnic basket and a beach blanket. Get there early relax and and enjoy. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bakery
“Nothing says Martha’s Vineyard in the fall quite like a stop at Morning Glory Farm, the source of some of the island’s best and freshest ingredients. The farm, started in 1975, grows vegetables and small fruits on about 65 acres, and its annual Pumpkin Festival (set for October 14 in 2017) is a favorite Martha’s Vineyard fall event. Visit the large on-site farm stand for its locally famous zucchini bread and homemade pies through the end of December, and again starting in May, when the farm reopens for the season. Tip: Be sure to leave time to explore the grounds around the farm store, lined with pumpkins and seasonal arrangements. It’s a living postcard of New England.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Beautiful views, a few Native American owned shops and a few places to eat.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Bar
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“On the water in Oak Bluffs, great view of the ferry coming in. Sushi, burgers, causal dining and a lively bar if any New England sports teams are playing. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Museum
“The new location at the fully renovated old marine hospital is stunning. Make a trip there to sit in the rock garden, have a cup of tea at the cafe overlooking the West Arm of the Lagoon or to learn the Island's history....”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Best fish market on island and they have a take out counter and pic nick tables outside. Sushi is great (rainbow roll or dragon rolls are my favorite), the fish sandwich is always super fresh and enormous. ”
  • 19 locals recommend
Bakery
“A must visit!, opens at 7:00 p.m., located behind Martha’s Vineyard Gourmet Café & Bakery in the Reliable Market parking lot, best apple fritters around!”
  • 18 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Very popular place for breakfast! Get there as early as possible, definitely before 8 am. ”
  • 26 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food, very lively atmosphere. We love that place. It is quite loud though so don’t expect intimate conversation!”
  • 25 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Close to home base, the black dog tavern by the water is a great breakfast/lunch/dinner spot but love it for breakfast best. Have some eggs Benedict while watching the boats go by in the harbor....the light is gorgeous in the morning. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Go for the decor, and then go back for the food. Love this restaurant. Great for a romantic dinner by the fire.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Bar
“Spiffy indoor-outdoor option for steak & seafood boasts a yacht-club vibe & occasional live music. Go at night and sit outside for an unforgettable experience. Perfect for any season!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Fish Market
“Fresh seafood cooked to order. This place is owned and run by the two sisters of The owner of The Net Result in Vineyard Haven. Equally as full of quality. Take out only but sit on the wharf at makeshift tables and watch the fishing boats and fancy yachts come and go. Economical and delicious. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Bar
“On the water in Oak Bluffs, great view of the ferry coming in. Sushi, burgers, causal dining and a lively bar if any New England sports teams are playing. ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Best fish market on island and they have a take out counter and pic nick tables outside. Sushi is great (rainbow roll or dragon rolls are my favorite), the fish sandwich is always super fresh and enormous. ”
  • 19 locals recommend

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