Marine Biological Laboratory is what Lewis Thomas called the National Biological Laboratory. The laboratory is well furnished and equipped to carry advanced research and training on several topics related to marine biology, including bio-medicine and ecology. Regular tours are conducted here and there is a special visitors center that gives you in-depth details on the facility and the work conducted. To know more, check the website.
When you're on Martha's Vineyard and craving a pint, stop by the Offshore Ale Company for a locally-brewed beer and a bite to eat. The menu features all sorts of pub favorites like seafood, burgers and pizza, including a never-ending supply of peanuts. There's always live music and special events, so check out their schedule for the latest goings-on. Don't forget to toss those peanut shells directly on the floor - it's encouraged!
A rustic, bright red barn is home to this popular gallery, which houses work by a number of internationally recognized artists, including the famous photographers Margaret Bourke-White, Carl Mydans, and Alfred Eisenstaedt. The gallery is known for its weekly Sunday afternoon receptions with featured artists in the courtyard sculpture garden. In addition to paintings and sculptures, the gallery offers antiques as well. Artwork may be ordered from the gallery's website but a visit to its ever-changing collection is recommended.
Polly Hill started growing trees and plants from seed on the family farm more than 40 years ago, and they all grew to become the island's premier natural showcase. Hill has developed numerous plants now grown around the world; including the famous North Tilsbury Azalea. At the same time she expanded the range of plants on Martha's Vineyard. The requested donation for adults is quite a reasonable amount and children 12 and under may enter for free. Lectures are held throughout the season and tour arrangements may be made in advance.
Once a windswept prairie formed after the last Ice Age, the Long Point Wildlife Refuge now exists as a spectacular landscape replete with beaches, coastal grasslands and shrub forests. Straddling West Tisbury's coastline, it is one of the region's most reputed nature reserves since the year 1979. Easy trails, spanning 3.37 kilometers (2.1 miles) scythe through the woodland, looping along the beachfront, offering visitors a glimpse into the reserve's unique ecosystem. Although popular with birdwatchers, one can also kayak along the beach or engage in some stand-up paddleboarding.
The Martha's Vineyard Museum and Historical Society is devoted to the history and culture of this small Massachusetts island. Explore the island's fascinating past and learn about the people who lived here. The historical society first came together in 1922. Today, the museum and society are housed in historical buildings that are wonderful to walk through. Visitors to this museum can trace back their ancestry through the Historical Society's extensive genealogical services. There are special exhibits, classes, seminars, workshops, and movies hosted here throughout the year.
Guv Fuller Field in Falmouth is a lovely park with a baseball field that bustles with baseball fans on the Cape during the summer months. The Arnie Allan Diamond in the field is where the Falmouth Commodores (Cape Cod Baseball League) play during June and July each year.
Founded in 1973, the Woods Hole Historical Museum is a not-for-profit organization aimed to showcase the cultural and artistic value of the region through its display of numerous exhibits. The museum opens every year in the middle of June and runs until the middle of October with a packed schedule of exhibits that would range from photographs of the region to display of artifacts conveying its artistic evolution. The archive collection of the museum comprises of more than 5,000 photographs of Quissett and Woods Hole in the middle of 19th Century as well as a unique collection of conversations of residents of the Woods Hole. These archived collections are found inside the Bradley House which is among the oldest structures in Woods Hole existing since 1803. Other than the archives, other permanent collections of the museum includes display of boats and maritime artifacts from the region inside the Swift Barn. A perfect place to revisit the history of the region, you can also take away some souvenirs from the museum shop. Call for more information.
Focused solely on local waters, this small but impressive aquarium has been delighting visitors since 1871. Kids especially love the "touch tank," where they can reach into tide pools filled with starfish and sea cucumbers. Other displays include sea turtles, lobster and wolffish. A special exhibit shows the effect of plastic trash on marine life. Two harbor seals have taken up residence in an outdoor pool and are a star attraction. The aquarium is operated by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Made up of 2500 acres of marshlands, open water, barrier beaches, trout streams, watersheds and uplands, with 11 wilderness campsites and several walking tours, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve makes for a great day trip. Other park activities include swimming, shell fishing, canoeing, kayaking and even restricted hunting on Washburn Island, which is accessible only by boat. The reserve also includes the 500-acre South Cape Beach State Park.
Located to the west of Tisbury town in the Vineyard Haven; the Vineyard Haven Harbor is a site where thousands of tourists flock every year to witness the grand events of The Vineyard Cup Race & Seafaring Festival Weekend. Though not very safe for swimming but a prime spot for fun activities like sailing, windsurfing and a lot more, the Vineyard Haven Harbor is a must-visit for those visiting Martha's Vineyard.