Top 10 Things to do in Chilmark, United States

August 21, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Chilmark is a town located on Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 866 at the 2010 census. The fishing village of Menemsha is located on the western side of the town along its border with the town of Aquinnah. Chilmark had the highest median home sale price of any town or city in Massachusetts in 2013.
Restaurants in Chilmark

1. Aquinnah Cliffs

State Rd., Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
68%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 372 reviews

Aquinnah Cliffs

Reviewed By Jake043 - Hilversum, The Netherlands

Although parking in this region of the coast is limited and can influence the viewing of the cliff but once you reached the beautiful beach a great view is possible.Also a good area for a nice long walk in this tranquil area

2. Menemsha Public Beach

adjacent to Dutcher's Dock, Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 128 reviews

Menemsha Public Beach

This calm surf beach, next to Menemsha Harbor, has food and restrooms nearby making it a hot spot for families, especially with young children. The beach is thought to have the best sunset on Martha's Vineyard.

Reviewed By Moments4Life - Highland Village, Texas

Perhaps only notable due to it's proximity of the take-out fish markets in the village and great spot for a sunset- but isn't that good enough? No spectacular rock formations, cliffs, or crashing waves, but worthy for a picnic all the same.

3. Chilmark Chocolates

State Rd, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, MA +1 508-645-3013
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 68 reviews

Chilmark Chocolates

Reviewed By Neegi - Barre, VT

It took us three different buses to find this little gem. The bus driver dropped us at the bottom of the driveway and picked us up about 1/2 an hour later. Well worth the effort. Tiny little shop...kinda crowded. Unusual flavor combinations. Great chocolate.

4. Lambert's Cove Beach

Lambert's Cove Rd., West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
80%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Lambert's Cove Beach

Reviewed By Callisto S - S. Natick, MA

It's about a 1/4 mile walk on a sandy path through the woods to arrive at water's edge, but it is so worth the view and ambiance. The sheltered Cove keeps waters calm enough for swimming (when the water is arm enough!). This is a resident-only beach (with parking sticker required), but we were able to visit before the season opened in mid-June. (It was just to chilly to swim yet!)

5. Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535 +1 508-627-4441
Excellent
65%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

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. The Gay Head Lighthouse is open seasonally. A lighthouse keeper will be available and the doors will be open during designated hours. Parking is available, but limited, on Aquinnah Circle. The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) busses do have routes to the lighthouse.

Reviewed By Jamie W - North Adams Massachusetts

Was recommended by a friend needed to see. Took bus out and was worth the trip. The view of the water and cliffs was one of the best views I've seen in my life and definitely the best we saw on the vineyard! Aquinnah definitely feels like a different world on the vineyard. Peaceful quiet area. Go and relax and take it all in! The lighthouse it's self isn't anything spectacular but I promise the view is worth the trip!

6. Lucy Vincent Beach

Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Lucy Vincent Beach

Exclusive Martha's Vineyard beach.

Reviewed By Moments4Life - Highland Village, Texas

This is a beach designated for Chilmark residents. We obtained our pass from the Beach Plum Inn. Not many reviews here due to the restrictions, but if you can obtain a pass, it's worth a few hours of relaxation. Beautiful rock formations, small cliff dunes, crashing waves, and fog that rolls in and out, in and out.

7. Long Point Wildlife Refuge

Hughes Thumb Road, West Tisbury, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02568 +1 508-693-3678
Excellent
88%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Long Point Wildlife Refuge

Whether you want to body surf in the ocean, splash with the kids in sheltered salt- and freshwater ponds, or explore a rare grassland habitat, this spectacular reservation will become a favorite escape.

Reviewed By QuickLeave - South Orange, New Jersey

Long Point is my family's go-to beach on MV. It's terrific for young kids because there's a lovely wide beach situated on a freshwater pond that's very shallow out about 50 feet. So, no risk of kids getting dragged out by rip currents, etc. For adults and older kids, the ocean is just over the dune. There the waves are bigger and good for boogie boarding and such. Long Point is a bit of a commitment. It's a slow drive on a dirt road to get there and you have to pay an entrance fee. Also, keep in mind that once you park, there's a bit of a walk to the beach - maybe maybe 1,000 feet. Not a big deal, but it can be challenging if you're hauling a lot of gear and little ones. Carts are a good idea. It's definitely worth it. Now you can rent SUPs and kayaks on the beach. Great spot!

8. Gay Head

Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
69%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 118 reviews

Gay Head

The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this spectacular beach with its magnificent multi-colored cliffs, which are a national landmark. The lack of commercialism means a true escape and relaxation, but you'll need to bring food and supplies.

Reviewed By gullahgullah - Charleston, South Carolina

Thank you for saving this National Historic Treasure. We watched the PBS documentary when it was moved and saved. It bought back so many memories when I started visiting, digging the clay from the cliffs from 65 years ago. Such an amazing treasure!!!

9. Menemsha Hills

345 North Rd, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535-1974
Excellent
60%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 29 reviews

Menemsha Hills

Experience the drama of a rocky shoreline and scenic vistas across Vineyard Sound to the Elizabeth Islands from the second-highest point on the island.

Reviewed By Dianne S - Chilmark, Massachusetts

From the woods trail to the beach, this TTOR property features some of the best of the Vineyard's views. Wildflowers and birdlife can distract you from the trail; watch out for poison ivy, and check for ticks after you leave! The beach is very rocky now and not easily traversed, as noted by other reviewers. It is still one of my favorite walks... Enjoy!

10. Aquinnah Lighthouse

Lighthouse Rd., Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA +1 508-560-2671
Excellent
58%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 53 reviews

Aquinnah Lighthouse

Reviewed By CraftBeers - Plano, Texas

Aquinnah Lighthouse is pretty cool. The real draw are the cliffs, so you might as well add this to your visit. It's a working lighthouse made of red brick. At the base, you pay $5 to go inside. You'll wait in a line while they wait for people to come back down. When it's your turn you will be sent up the spiral stairs to the first landing. A guide will have you go outside and walk the parameter. When you come back in the guide will give you some history of the lighthouse. You are then allowed to use the ladder to climb up into the working lighthouse. It's cool to have the white and red light spinning around hit you in the face. The view from the lighthouse is beautiful.

Getting to the lighthouse requires a car or using the island's bus system. If you use a car, the parking lot is at the base of the hill and costs $15. The lighthouse is visible from the parking lot, so it's obvious which way to walk.

When you are done with the lighthouse be sure to walk out to the cliff edge to see Aquinnah Cliffs and the beach. Take the trail over to cliffhangers where there are a few shops and food stalls. It's a great place to look back at the lighthouse and cliffs in one view. Very Instagram worthy.

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