Here is a list of fun activities for kids and adults. We hope you find the following family guide to Martha's Vineyard helpful. If we missed your favorite activity, let us know. We will be happy to include it.
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Ride the Chappy Ferry!
Go down to Dock Street in Edgartown with donuts and coffee or after a stop at the Ice Cream & Candy Bazaar and ride on the On Time III ferry across the Edgartown Harbor to Chappy. It is a short, sweet trip and you can even get off on Chappy Point Beach and play in the sand or fish. It's only a couple of bucks and you get a multi-million dollar view and fully experience being on the harbor. Be prepared to take pics especially around sunset! This never gets old for kids, parents and grandparents. Best deal on the island. Fair warning: don't do this on your last day here because you will want to make it a daily event.
The Chappy Ferry starts running at 6:45 AM. Click the link below to learn more and check out the really cool book about it, The Chappy Ferry Book by Tom Dunlop photos by Alison Shaw. It is fascinating and filled with adventure and history and how it works. To quote ferry owner Peter Wells: "If it can happen, it has happened on the ferry." And that is an understatement. I promise you will be captivated by this book.
From the pirates themselves:
Ahoy mateys! Join us as we set sail on a pirate's treasure hunt along the shores of beautiful and historic Oak Bluffs on the legendary island of Martha's Vineyard. On our custom built pirate ship your kids will dress and talk like a pirate, assemble a treasure map, battle rival pirates with water cannons and hoist sunken treasure from the ocean floor!
It's a fun, unique, memory-making adventure cruise designed for families by a family
(a pirate family of course). Come join our crew!
MVPirates.com call 508-MVP-Crew email firstname.lastname@example.org
Offering pirate adventures out of Oak Bluffs for ages 2-10 ish and their families
Dance classes, fitness classes and music lessons can all be had at newly opened Spindrift Studios in Edgartown.
Grab a picnic and put the little ones in a jogging stroller or beach wagon, park up near the Harborview Hotel on Starbuck Neck at the end of North Water Street. It is a stunningly beautiful vista. Don't be surprised if you see a painter with an easel set up and hard at work. You can watch the On Time ferry cross to Chappy and ogle the yachts in the harbour and sometimes see the really really big yachts anchored off the outer harbor. Oh, and some of the island's best fishing is right there, too!
Outdoor Fun Links:
Katama General Store on the way to South Beach, lovingly also referred to as "the little store". Stop in for a breakfast sandwich, grab lunch and check out the finest collection of food, toys, apparal, beer and wine and anything you could want for your day at the beach or your night in. The staff are lovely, too. The owners also run Lobstertales Catering so yes, the food is that good. The gardens around this little gem are a charming sight. We look forward to them opening and we miss them when they close for the winter. Jackie and Doug work so hard all season running the store and Lobstertales Catering we hope that some of the time they are closed includes a break from their duties.
Island Cove Mini Golf 508-693-261, 386 State Road in Vineyard Haven.
Playgrounds are a great place to meet other families with young children. Please remember that our school is in session later than most and the school playgrounds are not available during school hours when school is in session. Here are some playgrounds around the island.
Edgartown: the Edgartown School and Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club, 44 Robinson Road, Edgartown. They are both located on Robinson Road.
Oak Bluffs: the Niantic Park Playground is located at 63-69 Tuckernuck Avenue. The O.B. School playground is located at 50 Tradewinds Avenue.
Vineyard Haven: there is a playground at Veterans Memorial Park at 60-164 Causeway Road, and also at the Tisbury School at 40 West William Street.
West Tisbury: playgrounds can be found at the West Tisbury School at 401 Old County Road as well as at the Town Hall at 1059 State Road.
Chilmark: there is a playground behind the Chilmark Community Center at 520 South Road and at the Chilmark School at 8 State Road.
Indoor/Rainy Day Activities.
We try to schedule our rainy days in the off season, but a few show up in the summer anyway. We are very fortunate to have six charming towns with plenty of indoor activities and amusements. Here are some things to consider.
Fun toys, games, puzzles and craft supplies can be picked up at the Toy Box 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven, as well as at Granite 5 &10 at 242 Vineyard Haven Road, Edgartown and Alley's General Store, WT
Entertainments Cinemas, 508-627-8008. They are located at 65 Main Street in Edgartown
Also check out the new MV Film Society
The island has two(yes, two!) independant bookstores! The Bunch of Grapes in Vineyard Haven and Edgartown Books. Both on Main Street.
www.mvarena.com Ice skating
We have many beaches that are child-friendly. Here is a quick run down by town of public beaches and links to more extensive descriptions. Some beaches are a bit a walk from the parking area, but well worth the hike. Some guests have found joggers and beach wagons helpful in getting everything and everyone to and from these beaches. Please not that West Tisbury, Chilmark and Aquinnah all have private town beaches not included here. Please contact the towns for info on their beaches.
Please remember to use sunblock. We offer beach tents and beach umbrellas as well as beach chairs and sand chairs. Here is a link to our beach and outdoor rentals page. MV Beach and Baby Rentals. The sand toys are fabulous and jam packed.
In Edgartown, guests may enjoy easy parking and quick access at Bend in the Road Beach on Beach Road. Also nice, but with less parking, are Fuller Street Beach at the end of Fuller Street. Lighthouse Beach off North Water Street has a really nice view of the harbor and Chappaquiddick but it is a bit of a walk from parking.
Norton Point Beach is a nice option for families with an over-sand vehicle. This beach is nicely situated with the south shore on one side and the Edgartown Bay on the other. This beach connected Edgartown with the island of Chappaquiddick until a 2007 storm opened a breach in the barrier beach. An over sand permit must be purchased from the Trustees of Reservations. For information call 508-627-7689
Vineyard Haven guests may enjoy watching the ferry pass by as they swim in the lake or ocean at Lake Tashmoo Town Beach at the end of Herring Creek Road accessed from Daggett Avenue. Beach access is quick but parking is limited so arrive early or late in the day.
In Oak Bluffs the Joseph Silva State Beach extends down the Beach Road toward Edgartown. Parking and access are easy here as well as at the Oak Bluffs Town Beach, which starts at the OB Steamship dock and extends out well beyond Ocean Park.
In West Tisbury, Long Point Beach offers ocean waves as well as swimming in Long Point Pond. The trek from the parking lot to the beach is long but worth it and the view is guaranteed to impress. A Jogger or beach wagon comes in handy here. Open to all, Long Point has an admission fee and parking does fill up, so plan to arrive as early as possible. Information at www.thetrustees.org.
In Chilmark there is swimming at the Martha’s Vineyard Land Bank’s Great Rock Bight Preserve. Parking there is very limited. Families may also enjoy swimming and watching the sun set at kid-friendly Menemsha Beach, right up the road and convenient to quaint shops, ice cream and fresh seafood.
In Aquinnah, Moshup Beach is another Land Bank property. The walk is about ten minutes from the (pay) parking to the beach. While you are up there be sure to take in the view atop the cliffs and enjoy an ice cream cone or snack from one of the cliff shops. Please note this is a beach with surf.
MVOL.com has a map and listing of beaches at www.mvol.com/beaches
Child Friendly Restaurants
Child Friendly Restaurants include but are certainly not limited to these. If you would like to see another restaurant included send an email. We're always happy to hear from you.
Oak Bluffs kid friendly restaurants
Linda Jean’s Restaurant 508-693-4093 Diner Style, great fish sandwich
Giordono’s Restaurant 508-693-0184(cash only – no credit cards)
Farm Neck Café 508-693-3560 Elegant cafe overlooks the golf course with outdoor seating
Slice of Life 693-3838 a café with great food
Vineyard Haven kid friendly restaurants
Porto Pizza Yummy and delivery is available to OB and VH!
Rocco’s Italian Pizza 508-693-1125
The Net Result 693-6071 Seafood
* Both are located in the Tisbury Marketplace. We have found that adults can enjoy the local seafood while the kids nosh on pizza and everyone is happy.
Chilmark kid friendly restaurants
Menemsha Galley 508-645-9819 Yummy soft-serve ice cream, snack bar with excellent lunches
Homeport 508-645-2679 It is fun to get back door takeout and eat it on the patio or on the beach at sunset
Edgartown kid friendly restaurants and cafes
The Wharf 508-627-9966 Open year round. Good food
Edgartown Meat and Fish in Post Office Square at the Triangle. We call it "Meet and Dish" Starbucks coffee and a deli and sushi.
Sharky’s Cantina 627-6565 Mexican
The Right Fork Diner 508-627-5522 Watch the small planes take off and land while you enjoy a meal outside.
Among the Flowers Café 508-627-3233 outdoor covered patio restaurant in town Morning Glory Farm 508-627-8782 is a nice place to enjoy a salad, soup and their kid approved yummy zucchinni bread.
Dairy Queen 508-627-5001 with Orange Julius, too
Espresso Love 508-627-9211 Café meals, yummy baked goods
The Seafood Shanty 508-627-8622 Overlooks the harbor
Plane View 508-693-1886 Watch the jets come and go at the big airport
The Dunes at the Winnetu 508-627-3663 Yummy and elegant food at the Winnetu where they are always great with kids.
If you would like some adult time or just an extra pair of hands, babysitters can be hired through Lori Sue at MV Kid Sitters, 508-627-7767. MV Kid Sitters.com is a licensed state agency and Lori Sue will help you find your dream sitter as well as other help and staff.
New to us is mvsittermatch.com
Resorts and home rentals with kids programs include the Winnetu Oceanside Resort and Mattakesett Properties at South Beach in the Katama area of Edgartown. The Winnetu offers programs tailored to kids of various ages in a spectacular ocean side resort with top-notch amenities and services. Guests can enjoy two heated pools, (one with a kiddie-pool!), clambakes, a pirate ship playground, and lots of games and activities such as antique fire truck rides, face painting, lemonade and cookies, and outdoor, life-size chess. The Winnetu has an on site ocean view restaurant, The Dunes, with a children’s corner and shops and a café for anything you may need. Their staff has always been super-friendly and helpful. Fair warning: you will want to return to this fine place. The Winnetu is a fantastic spot for families with kids of all ages. To learn more please visit www.winnetu.com or call 508-310-1733 for reservations and information.
While the gang's all here consider creating a family portrait. Thanks to our popularity as a wedding destination, we have some great photographers in our community. Try to schedule a mid week session for the most flexibilty. Remember, the days are long but the years are short. If you are staying at the Winnetu, they will help you book it.