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Since 1884 islanders have enjoyed the beauty of this magnificent carousel. Built by Charles W.F. Dare company, it is the nation's oldest platform carousel still in operation. Acquired by the Preservation Trust in 1986, the carousel is a National Historic Landmark. Children and adults alike may enjoy a ride on this brilliant structure. Rides are reasonably priced and if you catch the brass ring, you ride for free! Video games and refreshments are also available here.
Since the time it was constructed in 2012, Dreamland MV has firmly established itself as one of the best event venues in the town of Oak Bluffs. This 5300 square foot (492.386 square meter) space is just as popular as a concert venue as it is for private functions, and has many excellent facilities on offer. Close to the ferry docks, this venue can accommodate a maximum of 500 people.
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.
A welcome refuge on a rainy day, this library offers Internet access in addition to the expected books and tapes. There is an active children's program, including story time for preschoolers, with varying times according to the season. Library cards are free for Massachusetts' residents; there is a nominal charge for out of state residents. Other services available to the public are a fax machine, a copy machine and "mainland" newspapers for those who need their New York Times fix.
Martha's Vineyard Film Society is a fairly young nonprofit organization that aims at bringing the best in documentaries, classics, and foreign language films to a class of film-lovers who appreciate fine cinema. The works are screened at the Martha's Vineyard Film Center. The organization functions with the support of donations, and partly through ticket sales. One can register and avail of discounts on tickets, as well as receive notices on upcoming programs by email. A series of seminars and educational programs are also organized, for which one can volunteer.
This lighthouse, on a bluff near the historic town of Oak Bluffs, has been standing since the year 1878. The present tower, standing at 40 feet tall (12.19-meter), was constructed in 1875, but the original dwellings and outbuildings have since been demolished. The gleaming white tower was painted a deep, chocolate brown in the past. The flashing green light serves as a marker for the U.S. Coast Guard. The grounds are open to the public and the interior is occasionally open for tours. It is presently operated by the Martha's Vineyard Historical Society.