10 Things to Do in Edgartown That You Shouldn't Miss

April 6, 2018 Vergie Nakamoto

Edgartown is a town located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,067 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Dukes County. Edgartown has the largest area in the entirety of Dukes County and Martha's Vineyard.
Restaurants in Edgartown

1. South Beach

Katama Road, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 390 reviews

South Beach

Reviewed By Stevens B - Lebanon, New Hampshire

I think the waves are bigger and the water is a touch warmer than other beaches. Most people let the air out of their tires and drive out onto this beach with 4wd vehicles. Like a big tailgate party at the beach!

2. Edgartown Lighthouse

121 N Water St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539-8016 +1 508-627-4441
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 486 reviews

Edgartown Lighthouse

The Martha's Vineyard Museum is privileged to be the steward of three of the Island's lighthouses. The East Chop, Edgartown, and Gay Head lighthouses are not only historic reminders of a bygone age, but are working beacons that still send a light out into the night. Beyond their important functional role, these structures also offer visitors spectacular views of the breathtaking beauty of Vineyard Sound, the simple elegance of Edgartown Harbor & Chappaquiddick, and the majestic cliffs of Aquinnah. Major renovations completed in 2007, including installation of a staircase to the lantern room, allow the interior of the Edgartown Light to be open to visitors. A lighthouse keeper will be available and the doors will be open during designated hours. Parking is available, but limited, on North Water Street. The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) busses drop off on Church Street in Edgartown. It is a 5-10 minute walk to the lighthouse from this location.

Reviewed By LI2107 - Houston, Texas

First off, do yourself a favor, and don't go to the vineyard in the winter. We were staying nearby in Plymouth and took a day trip to the vineyard the week before Thanksgiving. Most restaurants and things are closed. Our bus driver assured us that the lighthouse was open. So we walked down to it and were shocked at how small it was! We're from Texas, so I guess it's true what they say, everything is bigger in Texas! We walked down the beach and sure enough the lighthouse was closed. What a waste of a trip!

3. Chappaquiddick

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA +1 508-627-3599
Excellent
53%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Chappaquiddick

The infamous name marks a small, scenic island perfect for bike-riding.

Reviewed By FarmerRK - Moraga, California

The Chappy Ferry ride only takes a few minutes, 3 cars at a time ($12/car and one driver; $4/additional passenger). Definitely recommend you either take a car or a bicycle. There are no businesses on the island, so pack lunch or snack. Many of the houses are not visible. Recommend you visit Mytoi Japanese Garden, see my review on this spot.

4. Mytoi

Dike Road, Chappaquiddick Island, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539 +1 508-627-7689
Excellent
58%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Mytoi

Enter a secluded world of designed Japanese elegance in this garden environment of exotic and native plantings that encircle a serene pond.

Reviewed By ChiMike312 - Chicago, Illinois

On the plus side, this is free. But you get what you pay for. This is barely a garden and barely Japanese. It does have a faux tea house, a bridge over a brook, and a handful of bonsai-ish shaped trees, but the whole thing is so poorly maintained and so light on the Japanese garden touches (and so tiny) that it really isn't worth waiting in line for the Chappy ferry to see. If you're staying next door, wander through if you want, but don't make a trip for it.

5. Morning Glory Farm

120 Meshacket Rd, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539-7139 +1 508-627-9003
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 147 reviews

Morning Glory Farm

Reviewed By Patricia R - Amherst, United States

This is a very nice place to visit. They are growing so quickly and it is always crowded. But I do love the champagne grapes and the corn is always fresh and wonderful.

I miss many things there - no more peach muffins. They were the best! And so rare, I would travel from anywhere to get them. Then they did shakes and then they stopped.
I they'd retain some of the old traditions.

Still the gardens are beautiful and the flowers bouquets are often quite good. The sunflower bouquets are extraordinary!

6. Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery

270 Upper Main St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539-5932 +1 508-939-4415
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Bad Martha Farmer's Brewery

Reviewed By amy-claire - Rome, NY

Stopped into Bad Martha's one afternoon while on the island. Parking looks a little skimpy until I realized you can go all the way around the garden center and there is a huge parking lot!
Tried several beers they were good, place was busy so didn't get the run down on what they were made with or what the ABV on each one was, we read a chalkboard while tasting to see what the info on it was. I liked the Honey one, that was yummy, so I ordered a pint of it. We sat on the patio which was nice, they serve cheese plates and pretzels for purchase. Tastings were $10 for 4, pints were $7 each. Would go again when on the island to taste the new beers, they had a list of what was brewing in the back.

7. Katama Beach

Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Katama Beach

Jump the waves or ride the great surf on the Atlantic Ocean side of this three-mile barrier beach, or enjoy a more relaxed pace on the tranquil Katama Bay side, a protected salt pond with lovely views of the bay. Katama is the largest public beach on the island.

Reviewed By Mike_J1963 - Edmonton, Canada

THis is easy to access by car or bicycle. It is a lovely spot for a walk or to read a book. THe Atlantic can be very refreshing too. Treat the beach with respect please!

8. Katama Airfield

12 Mattakesett Way, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539-7904
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 63 reviews

Katama Airfield

Reviewed By hhishome - Hilton Head

This is incredibly exhilarating! We were a little concerned about getting sick, but it's all over so quickly you don't have time! Highly, Highly recommend this. Doug was our pilot and he was incredibly informative about the island. It's also a great value since its the same price for two as one.

9. Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

100 Felix Neck Drive, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539 +1 508-627-4850
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary

This 350-acre sanctuary is home to 100 species of birds, including cormorants and ospreys, and other wildlife. Follow one of the six well-marked trails for views of all the island's ecosystems: marshland, ponds, woods and grasslands.

Reviewed By SFD22 - Boston, Massachusetts

I've been going to Felix Neck for a number of years on my MV visits, usually around 6 AM for the quiet, great light (I'm a photographer) and active birds. It's a very special place, simply beautiful with many nice trails and the always active (in June when we visit) Osprey nest. Last night we went on their summer solstice twilight kayak tour, very reasonably priced at $37 each given they provide the kayaks, life preservers. paddles and two guides. I really enjoyed seeing Felix Neck from the water, and the sunset was beautiful. We also paddled by some nesting areas, but the highlight was the full moon, a rarity on summer solstice (once every 90 years we were told). Highly recommend the kayak tour.

10. Edgartown Public Library

58 N Water St, Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02539-8146 +1 508-627-1373
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 39 reviews

Edgartown Public Library

Reviewed By VacaCouple2014 - New York City, New York

While not historic, the new library has everything including a lot more parking. The librarians are from the old location and they are all FANTASTIC. Tie in to CLAMS allows you to get anything pretty quickly. We LOVE the library. We are so happy that the original library funded by Andrew Carnegie is going to be used as a public space - how fantastic is that!!

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