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martha's vineyard tours

There’s no place like Martha’s Vineyard in the summer: peaceful, green meadows, gorgeous ocean views, fresh seafood, and picturesque lighthouses. You may feel overwhelmed by all of the things you’ll want to do and see when you visit. Consider going on one (or a few!) Martha’s Vineyard tours when you stay at Vineyard Square Hotel. Book a guide for your Martha’s Vineyard vacation or conduct your very own self-guided walking tour. Regardless, you’re sure to learn everything you want to know (and more!) about our Martha’s Vineyard towns.

Learn about Martha’s Vineyard on Foot

One of the best ways to get out and explore a new place is by booking a walking tour. Luckily for you, there are several Martha’s Vineyard walking tours from which to choose. Instead of feeling like a spectator, you’ll be an active participant at places you visit. Plus, it’s a great source of exercise. Edgartown, MA, should be at the top of your list of places to explore. One of the best ways to get an accurate feel of Martha’s Vineyard towns is to book an Edgartown walking tour. Edgartown, MA, is a historical village with a fascinating past and a lively downtown hub of excitement and activity.

Martha’s Vineyard Bus & Trolley Tours

Understandably, not everyone can swing a walking tour. Also, it’s your Massachusetts getaway, so by all means, take it easy. There are plenty of excellent bus and trolley tours (and even a few private charters!) from which to choose. After you’ve narrowed down which Martha’s Vineyard tour (or tours) you want to book, make your way down to Oak Bluffs Harbor, and cruise around our beautiful island.

Martha’s Vineyard Tours & Excursions

If you’re looking for more of a comprehensive sightseeing tour list, then make your way to Martha’s Vineyard Tours & Excursions. Choose between tours that vary by length, create a custom tour, or special request a Jaws tour. Martha’s Vineyard Tours & Excursions will give you an insider’s look at the most beautiful sights and finest attractions our island has to offer.

Self-Guided Martha’s Vineyard Tours

Some people prefer to have structured, guided tours. Others prefer to take tours into their own hands. If you fall into the latter category, consider formulating a self-guided walking tour. Meander the streets of Edgartown or create a lighthouse tour to view our island’s historic structures at your own pace.

Get the Most out of Your Martha’s Vineyard Vacation

Our Martha’s Vineyard towns have so much to offer that will shape your Massachusetts getaway. If you’d like more information on Martha’s Vineyard tours, please contact us. Our knowledgeable staff is happy to assist you.

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The nuances of island history, architecture, and culture tend to hide in plain sight — if you really want to get to know them, guided Martha’s Vineyard tours are your best bet. Now, a number of Martha’s Vineyard tour companies will take your money, pack your group into a bus or van and try to show you the whole island in 2-3 hours. Here at Vineyard Square, we say slow down. Our favorite tours are either free, cheap, or offer a far greater value than your typical bus tour. Most of these Martha’s Vineyard tours are site-specific, so their guides have time for the details and you have time to explore before or after your tour.

 

Martha's Vineyard historic residence - Vincent House
Photo: Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust

 

Gingerbread Cottage Walking Tours – Oak Bluffs

The Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association gives walking tours of this historic community on Tuesdays and Thursdays in July and August, and private tours can be arranged. Known as the Campgrounds, the neighborhood — now clustered with pastel-colored Victorian cottages — began hosting religious meetings in 1835. The tours are inexpensive (free for kids!), and include admission to the Cottage Museum.

 

Edgartown Historic Property Tours

Step inside history with tours of Edgartown’s oldest properties. The Vincent House, Martha’s Vineyard’s oldest residence, was built in 1672 and is now a museum featuring rare colonial architecture and artifacts. Old Whaling Church, a popular Martha’s Vineyard wedding venue, includes original whale-oil lamps lit by prosperous captains in the 19th century. Dr. Daniel Fisher became one of the wealthiest men in the country during whaling’s heyday, and his elegant residence, too, is still standing. The Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust runs guided tours of all three of these properties on weekdays from Memorial Day to Labor Day. A bonus: they’re within easy walking distance of our Edgartown hotel.

 

African American Heritage Trail Tours

From Baptist gatherings in the 1800s to the Civil Rights movement to present day, African-American history runs deep on Martha’s Vineyard. The 27 stops along the African-American Heritage Trail span the entire island and include historic homes of notable residents, religious leaders, and political activists, along with meeting houses, cemeteries, and other points of interest. For a first-time visit, we recommend the 1.5-hour Oak Bluffs tour option, but if you’re feeling ambitious, the longer tours cover far more ground.

 

Mad Max Catamaran, Edgartown Harbor, Martha's VineyardMartha’s Vineyard Boat Tours

If you haven’t seen the island from the water, you haven’t really seen the island (no, the ferry doesn’t count!). This is the one Martha’s Vineyard tour option worthy of breaking our rules about pricing and sticking to one area. Consider the following three options, and be sure to book well in advance:
Mad Max Catamaran cruises daily out of Edgartown harbor, just a few blocks from Vineyard Square.
Magic Carpet is a wooden sailboat offering public tours and private charters and also departs from Edgartown Harbor. The Sunset Sail is one of our favorites.
Pirate Adventures is exactly what it sounds like and more—fun for the whole family on a custom-built pirate ship that sails around searching for treasure. It’s hands-down our favorite kid-friendly activity on Martha’s Vineyard.

 

Getting to Your Martha’s Vineyard Tour

Getting around the island (without bringing a car!) is easier than you might think. If you’re looking for a customized island tour and/or on-call transportation, Stagecoach Taxi is by far your best bet. Vineyard Transit Authority buses run frequently and reliably all summer. We’re always happy to assist our hotel guests with transportation needs at the Vineyard Square front desk.

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Spend a Day at the Manuel F. Correllus State Forest
See the Next Big Thing at a Martha’s Vineyard Film Festival
A Guide on How to Get to Martha’s Vineyard
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