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Lighthouses and Nearby Attractions
on Martha's Vineyard
and Nantucket Island

gay head light

Massachusetts Islands of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island

Photo Gallery of Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard Lights

With the booming whaling and fishing industries, many captains and wealthy merchants made their homes on the islands of Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island. These islands became resort islands also for tourists and play a major role in Massachusetts tourism industry even today. Many artists live year round on these islands and visitors can get a sense of the Victorian age of architecture in so many of the well preserved buildings.

Lighthouses were built to guide traffic not only to and from the islands, but also for those heading between New York City and Boston destinations.

Massachusetts Lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard
Visitors Can Drive To

Martha’s Vineyard

Martha’s Vineyard offers visitors the diversity of six island towns, lots of beaches, hiking and biking trails, and elegant Victorian homes to enjoy. Cars are allowed on the island, but rentals are an easier way to get around; either car rentals, moped rentals, or bike rentals. Taxis are also on the island. There are 5 lighthouses on the island to visit.

Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.





Massachusetts Lighthouses on
Nantucket Island
Visitors Can Drive To

Nantucket Island

Nantucket Island offers many pristine beaches, quaint shops, and restaurants, for those have come to relax and enjoy the views. Although cars are allowed on the island, many find that rentals for bike, cars, and mopeds, are the alternative and more fun way to explore the island. There are 3 lighthouses on the island to view.

There are various festivals to enjoy, including the end of April, where you'll find over 3 million daffodils blooming across the area.

Click any lighthouse link below to find out information about each lighthouse including historic snapshots, directions, more photos, and links for places to visit.






Places to Visit Nearby:
Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island


Martha's Vineyard Island, Massachusetts

Lighthouse tours to Edgartown light, Gay head light, and East Chop light, including special sunset tours, are offered by the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, the steward of these beacons. There are also plenty of beaches and hiking trails around Martha’s Vineyard.

All five lighthouses on the island are accessible by land, but it is recommended to use transportation methods available on the island as it is quite expensive to bring your own car onto the island.

East Chop Lighthouse, near the town of Oak Bluffs, is located on an area of high bluffs called Telegraph Hill.

There is also the Island Alpaca Farm for visitors to view these unique animals.

Visit elegant victorian homes in Edgartown, and Edgartown Lighthouse is a short walk from downtown.

In Edgartown, the original huge first order Fresnel lens of Gay Head Light can be viewed at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum, along with many of the island's cultural artifacts, historic records and photographs.

Take the tiny Chappaquiddick ferry to Chappaquiddick Island and explore nearby Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge with a narrated tour by the park rangers. The Trustees of Reservations provides tours through the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge to Cape Poge Lighthouse.

Vineyard Haven, lies on the northern shore of Martha's Vineyard with more elegant homes built by the wealthy in the 19th and 20th centuries.

Gay Head Lighthouse is situated above sandy cliffs in the quiet town of Aquinnah. The beaches in Aquinnah, below the cliffs at Gay Head are enjoyed by many, including nudists as a way of spiritual connectivity.

The Wampanoag tribe, one of the few federally recognized tribes in New England, offers many cultural events in Aquinnah, which also borders the town of Chilimark.




Nantucket Island, Massachusetts


Nantucket offers miles of biking and hiking paths, exquisite pristine beaches, historic Victorian homes, and scenic harbors for visitors to enjoy. All three lighthouses on the island are accessible by land.

The Trusties of Reservations offer tours of the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge where provide an opportunity to climb Great Point Lighthouse and enjoy the views of the reservation area from the lighthouse tower.

The Maria Mitchell Association is a natural science museum, an aquarium, and operates two observatories.

To view one of the largest collections of artifacts involving the whaling industry, visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum.

Siasconset lies in a very quiet area on Nantucket with nearby beaches and the Siasconset Golf Course, where visitors are allowed to play the course as “pasture golf,” dressed in casual attire and enjoy the views by Sankaty Head Lighthouse.


Ferries to Lighthouses on
Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket Island
Special Land Tours Also Available.

Most of the cruises mentioned below involve a ferry service to take visitors to the islands from either the mainland or between the islands and in most cases to not provide any views of the lighthouses from their boat. Most boat listed below [rovde ferry servie to the islands and may also offer whale watching, fishing, and other types of excursions. Business that offer tours around the islands are also provided as well. Enjoy!


Ferry from New Bedford to Martha’s Vineyard
49 State Pier
New Bedford, MA 02740
(800) 262-8743


Falmouth to Edgartown Ferry
This ferry takes you from Falmouth to the picturesque town of Edgartown on Martha's Vineyard, full of quaint Victorian homes.
278 Scranton Ave
Falmouth, MA 02540
Phone: (508) 548-9400



Chappaquiddick Ferry
Operates between Edgartown Memorial Wharf and Chappaquiddick Island daily, year-round. (508) 627-9427

Lighthouse on Martha's Vineyard: Cape Poge Lighthouse



Hy-Line Cruises
Ferry service from Hyannis on the Cape to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard; also provides a ferry service from Nantucket Island to Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.
220 Ocean Street Dock
Hyannis, Massachusetts 02601
Information: (508) 778-2600
Oak Bluffs (508) 693-0112
Hyannis-Nantucket ferry (508) 778-2602



Island Queen
Ferry from Falmouth, Mass. to Martha's Vineyard
297 Dillingham Avenue,
Falmouth, MA 02540.
Phone (508) 548-4800. 



Steamship Authority
Ferries to both islands
Vehicle Reservations Call: (508) 477-8600
Office Hours or (508) 693-9130
Fast Ferry Reservations: (508) 495-FAST (3278)
Woods Hole: (508) 548-3788
Vineyard Haven: (508) 693-0367
Oak Bluffs: (508) 693-0125
Hyannis: (508) 771-4000
Nantucket: (508) 228-0262



Rhode Island to Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry
Ferry from Quonset Point, Rhode Island to Oak Bluffs Marina on a high-speed catamaran.
North Kingstown, RI 02852
Phone: 401-295-4040
Fax: 401-295-4930



Freedom Cruise Line
Ferry from Harwich Port Mass. to Nantucket
702 Main Street - Route 28
Harwich Port, Massachusetts 02646
(508) 432-8999




Captain Tobey’s Native Water Taxi
Tours to Great Point Lighthouse
PO Box 132
Nantucket MA, 02554
(508) 221-1059

Lighthouse: Great Point Lighthouse




Island Tours and Flights

Trustees of Reservations:
Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge / Wasque Reservation
Tours of Cape Poge Lighthouse and wildlife refuge area. Kayak tours available to get views from the water.
Dike Road,
Chappaquiddick Island,
Martha's Vineyard, MA

Lighthouse: Cape Poge Lighthouse



Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
Provides narrative tours by jeep of Great Point Lighthouse and the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge area during the summer months. Sunset tours provide a waterside view.
Wauwinet Road,
Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA 02554

Lighthouse on Nantucket Island: Great Point Lighthouse


Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce
Provides tours to lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard during the summer months.
Box 1698
Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568
(508) 693-0085

Lighthouses on Martha's Vineyard: Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse, Cape Poge Lighthouse, East Chop Lighthouse, West Chop Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse



Martha’s Vineyard Sightseeing Tours
Bus tours of Martha's Vineyard.
(508) 939-1359
(508) 989-4699

Lighthouses: Edgartown Harbor Lighthouse, Cape Poge Lighthouse, East Chop Lighthouse, West Chop Lighthouse, Gay Head Lighthouse


Ara’s Tours
Offer guided van tours around Nantucket Island
Nantucket MA 02584
(508) 221-6852

Lighthouses: Brant Point Lighthouse, Great Point Lighthouse, Sankaty Lighthouse


Gail’s Tours
Offer guided van tours around Nantucket Island
Box 3270,
Nantucket MA 02584
(508) 257-6557

Lighthouses: Brant Point Lighthouse, Great Point Lighthouse, Sankaty Lighthouse


Nantucket Regional Transit Authority
THE WAVE provides island-wide seasonal fixed route bus service from Madaket to Sconset, Surfside to Jetties beaches, The Nantucket Airport, downtown Nantucket and the Mid Island area.
3 East Chestnut Street,
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-7025 or (508) 325-9571
Fax: (508) 325-0788


Cape Air Travel
A year-round scheduled plane service to the Martha’s Vineyard Airport from Boston, Hyannis, Nantucket, New Bedford, and Providence.


Additional Resources
For All You Massachusetts Travelers

Nantucket Island Attractions

Massachusetts Off The Beaten Path

100 Things To Do In Massachusetts

Martha’s Vineyard Attractions

Cape Cod Arts and Artisans Trails

Massachusetts Lighthouse List

Massachusetts Beaches

Massachusetts State Parks

Massachusetts Historical Societies

Visit New England Site

Cape and Islands Beaches

Nantucket Island
Lodging and Dining


My new book, Lighthouses and Coastal Attractions of Southern New England: Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, provides lots of special human interest stories from each of the 92 lighthouses, along with plenty of additional indoor and outdoor coastal attractions and tours in the area, with contact info to plan your trip. I'll be happy to sign it for you here, or you'll find it in any fine bookstore.

This 300-page book is filled with over 360 images of lighthouses, attractions, and illustrative maps for all you vacationers to the coast. Welcome!

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