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This state park in Vineyard Haven is truly a natural wonder. The park consists of more than 5,000 acres (2,023 hectares) and is located in the center of the island. In the early 20th century, the park was established as a reserve dedicated towards the protection of Heath hens, a now extinct, specie of the Greater prairie chicken family. Today, the park is used for recreational purposes such as hiking, cross country skiing, cycling, horseback riding and more. There are picnic areas, rest rooms and showers available. A large environmental restoration project is underway in an attempt to revive the native grassland ecosystem.
The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are the 2013 champions of the Futures League. They play their home games at the Vineyard Baseball Park, alternately known as “The Shark Tank,” on the campus of Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. The playing field was built specifically for the Sharks, and is one of only two full sized baseball diamonds on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. The ownership of the Sharks have invested $415,000 in the building of the field and improvements to the facility. Before serving as home to the Sharks, the Cape Cod League would hold a few games per season on the island.
Martha's Vineyard Arena is a multi-sport arena located in Oak Bluffs. The structure primarily serves as a year-round skating and hockey facility, complete with Pro shop for all your skating needs. There are adult skating, hockey and free ice times as well as children's leagues and activities throughout the year. Check website for public skating schedule.
Located about 4 miles (6.44 kilometers) from Oak Bluffs, Island Alpaca Farm is home to hundreds of gentle and cuddly alpacas. These peace-loving creatures belong to the same family as camels and llamas. The farm offers many opportunities to get to know more about alpacas. You can also adopt a cute pet here - alpacas make for great friends. Island Alpaca Farm also offers many workshops and tutorials for interested breeders. It's a great place to bring the kids and spend the day outdoors.
The Meetinghouse is a community center for the arts. The goal is to bring the community together to support and encourage literary, visual and performing arts. The center offers free afternoon programs for young children as well as evening and weekend workshops for adults and teenagers. In addition, The Featherstone features concerts, gallery shows, art and history exhibits, lectures and performances.
This organic farm specializes in growing daylilies. A family farm, it grows many varieties including soft shades of peach, pink, lavender, yellow and more. Individual prices range from $5 and up. Choose 25 plants for $99; if you buy any ten plants, you get one for free. Also for sale are great gifts for the gardener in your life, including gift certificates. The majority of the farm's business is mail order, but they do take orders for pick-up from May to September.
Six miles of hiking trails meander through this 350-acre nature preserve. The well-marked trails lead visitors through open fields, woods, marshlands and beaches. Tree swallows, wood ducks, barn owls and osprey as well as other wildlife can be seen while walking around this wild and beautiful landscape. Special programs are held throughout the year, including Sea Ducks at Squibnocket in March and a large plant sale in May.
On an island known for its luxurious accommodations, the Martha's Vineyard Family Campground stands as an example of the fact that you can camp in luxury. Families, couples, and outdoor enthusiasts will love the shaded and beautiful sites spread out throughout the campground. The grounds offer such amenities as restrooms, a laundromat, recreation hall, store and playground. The spacious sites include picnic tables, fireplaces and hookups for tents and RVs (recreational vehicles). Electricity at 30 amps, water and sewage services are offered. The season runs from May through October.
Imagine enjoying your morning cup of coffee while watching a sailboat pass by your door. Though the rooms here have few frills, they do have the harbor right outside their door, are clean and comfortable and are equipped with refrigerators and, in some cases, with full kitchens. Take a leisurely stroll to the many shops and restaurants of Vineyard Haven. The motel is open year round. Rates vary with the season.
This comfortable inn is adjacent to a lovely five-acre park and overlooks the harbor. The rooms are simple and the rates are reasonable, but it is the added amenities that make the difference. The inn will provide utensils if you supply the ingredients, and will prepare a special meal in the community kitchen. Guests are also encouraged to use the patio for cookouts. Relax and take in the spectacular view from the sun deck or walk to the beach, shops and restaurants just minutes away. Hot coffee is served mornings and a friendly staff is ready to help you plan your day.
Located on the second floor of the Tisbury Town Hall, the Katharine Cornell Theater is named for the great 20th-century stage actress who retired to Martha's Vineyard in the 1950s. Many of the performances are of Irish music and this small theater is the perfect intimate setting for these types of shows. There are only a handful of performances held here throughout the year, but each of them gets you in the spirit for the sounds of the Emerald Isle.
Located on Martha's Vineyard Island in Oak Bluffs. This hotel offers an outdoor pool, free Wi-Fi and certain accommodations with full kitchens. It also has conference centers. Island Inn features three tennis courts, pro shop and professional lessons. With five acres of landscaped grounds, the hotel offers a barbecue, picnic and playground area and borders an 18-hole golf course, Farm Neck. Lola's, located next door, offers Cajun-influenced cuisine and nightly entertainment in the summer. Two beaches with swimming, sailing, fishing and windsurfing are within walking distance of the Island Inn.