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Boston: Discover Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

Boston: Discover Martha's Vineyard with Optional Island Tour

Fall in love with the scenic island of Martha's Vineyard on a day trip from Boston. Admire the gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs and the iconic lighthouse of Aquinnah. Enhance your day by booking the guided tour or choose to explore the island at your leisure. Start your day with a pickup from your downtown Boston hotel in a minibus and enjoy a smooth transfer to the ferry in Falmouth, Cape Cod. Enjoy snacks and bottled water onboard while browsing the Martha’s Vineyard guidebook as you plan your six hours on the island. After a short ferry ride, disembark on the beautiful island. Admire the picturesque gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs and explore the quaint downtown shops of Edgartown. Soak up the views at the Gay Head Cliffs and marvel at the famous lighthouse in the town of Aquinnah. Bike and Jeep rentals are available for purchase, or simply explore the island with public transportation. You will also be provided with a discount card valid at some of the island's restaurants and attractions. After your day at Martha's Vineyard has come to an end, take in the views once more from the ferry before unwinding on your comfortable transfer back to Boston.

Martha's Vineyard: All Island Tour

Martha's Vineyard: All Island Tour

Sit right back and enjoy the most unique tour on Martha's Vineyard. Hop on an exciting fun-filled bus and hear about the fascinating history of the area narrated by 4th and 5th-generation islanders.  Start at the amazing town of Oak Bluffs (once known as Cottage City) where you will learn about the Methodist Campgrounds and their history of bringing tourism to MV.  Next, travel through Vineyard Haven (also known as Tisbury), the oldest port of 200 years, and hear about the hardships of living on an island devastated by fire in 1888 and ransacked by General Grey in 1778.  See the beautiful vistas of rolling hills and ancient stone walls as you make your way to the western side. Learn about the af/am heritage and how the island became a stop on the underground railroad.  Hear about the indigenous peoples of Martha's Vineyard and how Thomas Mayhew converted the Native Americans to Christianity. After this, the south shore and two sounds blanket the island and have a gorgeous chain of islands called the Elizabeth Islands that have an amazing history of their own. Watch a screen that shows what certain sites looked like in the 1800s to get a better view of how the area has evolved.  See many sights where JAWS was filmed. Enjoy the use of a new sound system and clips from the movie to really enhance the experience.

Boston: Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour

Boston: Martha's Vineyard Day Trip with Optional Island Tour

Start the tour, with an early morning pick-up at your hotel between 6:45 and 7:30 AM. Take advantage of the complimentary snacks, water, maps, and discount food cards that are included in the vehicle. Arrive at the Martha's Vineyard Steamship Authority Ferry in Woods Hole, MA. Before boarding, there will be time for a spot of shopping or to enjoy breakfast. The vessel departs at 9:30 AM. Take an enjoyable 45-minute ferry ride to Oak Bluffs or Vineyard Haven, Martha's Vineyard. Food and drinks are available on the ferry, at your own expense. Inside air-conditioned seating, as well as outside sun deck seating, is available. There is plenty of room on this vessel to explore and take many pictures. Upon arrival at Martha's Vineyard, spend approximately 6 hours exploring the beautiful island. Guests who have chosen to take the 3-hour island tour will be greeted directly at the ferry dock. Everyone will depart Martha's Vineyard at 3:45 PM on the Steamship Authority Ferry. When you arrive back at Woods Hole, your guide will be waiting to take you back to Boston.

Martha's Vinyard Driving & Walking GPS-Guided Audio Tour

Martha's Vinyard Driving & Walking GPS-Guided Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: This 13+mile-long tour covers the essentials of Martha's Vineyard in 2-3 hours. Experience the highlights of one of Massachusett's most beloved islands and popular vacation spots. Take advantage of the flexibility to set your own pace between stops during the self-guided app-based audio tour. Begin your tour of Martha’s Vineyard right off the ferry in Vineyard Haven. As you drive along the coast, you’ll hear about the Wampanoag tribe and how the island got its unusual name. See the characteristic architecture of past times starting with the 1876 Flying Horses Carousel. Admire the delightful pastel facades of the "gingerbread houses" in Oak Bluffs and the community's treasured Tabernacle campground. Visit a neighborhood museum to enrich your visit and find a souvenir. Next, you’ll head to Inkwell Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand with an unfortunate history. Find out how a genetic mutation resulted in Martha’s Vineyard residents creating their very own form of sign language. As you continue south, you’ll learn more about how the island fared during the tumultuous times of the American Revolution. Afterward, see the beach where Steven Spielberg filmed an iconic scene from the movie Jaws. Feel a connection with the natural world as you discover the flora and fauna of Caroline Tuthill Wildlife Preserve. Next, you’ll reach Lighthouse Beach, home to an iconic lighthouse that was originally built almost 200 years ago. Step back in time as you pass through the quaint historic district of Edgartown. Hear about the island’s mysterious disappearing deer and the 1938 New England Hurricane, which devastated local communities. Your tour will end in South Beach, where you will discover a placid bay and dramatic beach in the same setting. The audio tour is curated by local guides and creative writers and is narrated by professional voice artists. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or building interiors.

Edgartown: Self Guided (APP/GPS) Audio Historic Walking Tour

Edgartown: Self Guided (APP/GPS) Audio Historic Walking Tour

Go at your own pace, anytime! It's your tour. On our historic walking tour of the Edgartown, you will see the iconic sights and secret gems including the whaling church, the oldest buildings, underground railroad locations, the Carnegie library, filming sights of Jaws, the lighthouse and much more. And I’ll tell you this town’s stories of the settlers, natives, whaling, ghosts, myths and legends, the Kennedy’s, it’s history and much more. Pro narration and production! Best deal in town :) The tour never expires, go anytime. And later listen when you leave anytime! Its your tour.

Oak Bluffs: Martha's Vineyard Scavenger Hunt Experience

Oak Bluffs: Martha's Vineyard Scavenger Hunt Experience

Immerse yourself in charming Martha's Vineyard with an interactive scavenger hunt game on your phone in Oak Bluffs. Uncover the area's rich culture and visit influential landmarks like the Flying Horses Carousel, The Lazy Frog, and the Island Alpaca Company, while solving quizzes and puzzles. After learning the rules of the game, begin your adventure by reading the details on your phone and answering riddles and trivia to advance to the next location. Among the many tour stops is the Flying Horses Carousel, the oldest operating platform carousel in the United States. Take in the beauty of Nantucket Sound as you continue your tour, including The Lazy Frog, a historic store located in downtown Oak Bluffs, and the Island Alpaca Company, an alpaca farm sprawling across 19 acres of rolling farmland. Chat with the locals as you explore the region at your own pace.

Oak Bluffs: Martha's Vineyard GPS Smartphone Audio Tour

Oak Bluffs: Martha's Vineyard GPS Smartphone Audio Tour

Discover how a small religious summer camp transformed into one of Martha’s Vineyard’s most popular island destinations on this walking tour through the town of Oak Bluffs. Starting in Ocean Park, you’ll follow the coast to Inkwell Beach before heading into the heart of the town. Along the way, you’ll hear its history and discover what makes this island paradise so alluring to everyone from the rich and famous to curious Cape Cod vacationers that come for a day. Around Trinity Park, you’ll see Martha’s Vineyard Camp Meeting Association, its cottage museum, and the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs where the religious campers came to worship. After heading down Circuit Avenue, where I’ll show you the town’s famous Flying Horses Carousel, our tour will end at the harbor. By the end of this tour, you’ll have the answers to questions like: • How did Martha’s Vineyard get its name? • What is the origin of the famous gingerbread cottages? • Who are some of Oak Bluffs’ most notable African-American cultural icons? • How did Oak Bluffs go from a religious settlement to a secular resort town? • What is the most famous (and delicious) drink on the island, and where do you get it? Whether you’re on the island for only a day, or calling Martha’s Vineyard home for the season, this tour is for anyone who wants to dig into Oak Bluffs’ past and enjoy its present. Allow 60-90 minutes to get the most out of this tour. There are a few places to stop along the way in case you’d like some relief from the sun or to grab a drink or bite to eat.

Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

Massachusetts Self-Guided Driving and Walking Tours Bundle

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Note: In this bundle, each tour is 169+mile-long and takes 2-3 hours to complete. Get to know the most famous Massachusetts attractions using this self-guided tour, which comes with a guide, an audio tour, a map as well as animated videos at some of the stops. In your own time and at your own pace, visit attractions such as Plymouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and more. Then, head to the Freedom Trail to walk in the shoes of the United States' Founding Fathers. Hear how the first sparks of revolution flew in Boston and how those sparks became an inferno. Feel the revolution come alive as you pass sights like the church where Paul Revere’s famous lanterns once hung. Next, immerse yourself in the ship-rigging, ale-drinking, shanty-singing days of Colonial Boston on Boston’s Harborwalk and revisit the fiery lead-up to the American Declaration of Independence. Admire harbor views and visit the site of the Boston Tea Party. Continue by following your app to the most haunted spots of the city and hear popular ghost stories. Walk through graveyards, execution sites, and more while hearing hair-raising tales of the unquiet dead. After, head to Salem, and learn the truth behind the infamous Witch Trials. Turn the clock back even further in Plymouth, the town founded by Pilgrims fresh off the Mayflower. See where they first landed, hear how they organized their system of government, and revisit the complicated dynamic between those newcomers and the Wampanoag tribe. Drive out to Cape Cod, where colonial history collides with the present. Cruise past historic villages and continue along the coastline to explore towns like Gloucester and trace their seafaring history. Ride along a rocky shore dotted by beaches, and catch some sun and surf. Head to Lexington and Concord and follow the route of a battle between an American militia and the British army. Find out how the Americans turned the tide, and what it meant in the fight for independence. Finally, retreat to Martha’s Vineyard. Visit cute towns and learn some surprising history. This bundle includes 12 tours: • Boston Freedom Trail Walking Tour • Bunker Hill Monument Walking Tour • Boston Ghost Walking Tour • Salem Witch Trials Walking Tour • Boston Harborwalk Walking Tour • Plymouth Walking Tour • Cape Cod & Provincetown Driving Tour • Cape Ann Driving Tour • Battle of Lexington Driving Tour • Martha’s Vineyard Driving Tour • Cambridge Driving Tour

Oak Bluffs: Sunset Kayak Tour

Oak Bluffs: Sunset Kayak Tour

Experience the magic of Oak Bluffs with our Sunset Kayak Tour. This 2+ hour adventure starts an hour before sunset, offering breathtaking views and a serene paddling experience. Departing from Little Bridge on State Beach, you'll paddle through the calm, colorful waters of dusk, guided by our experienced instructors. As you navigate the tranquil coast, take in the beauty and wildlife that surrounds you. Midway through the tour, we'll pause for a delightful beach picnic as the sun sets and the moon rises, creating a perfect backdrop for a memorable evening. After the picnic, continue your adventure under the moonlight or with glow sticks, exploring the pond and listening for nocturnal animals. This romantic and fabulous tour is perfect for couples, families, or anyone looking to experience the natural beauty of Oak Bluffs at sunset. All necessary equipment is provided, ensuring a safe and enjoyable outing.

Oak Bluffs: Beginner Paddleboard Tour

Oak Bluffs: Beginner Paddleboard Tour

Discover the joy of paddleboarding with our Beginner Paddleboard Tour in Oak Bluffs. This 1.5-hour tour is perfect for both first-timers and experienced paddlers, offering comprehensive instruction and exciting exploration. Begin your adventure with a brief instructional session where our experienced guide will teach you the basics of paddleboarding. Once you’re comfortable on the board, paddle over quahog beds and schools of fish, navigate around an oyster farm, and explore the mini islands that dot the serene waters. All necessary equipment is provided, ensuring you have everything you need for a safe and enjoyable experience. Whether you're looking to learn a new skill or simply enjoy the beauty of Oak Bluffs from a unique perspective, this tour promises an unforgettable time on the water.

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(436 reviews)

Jennifer was a great guide for the Boston pickup and drive to Martha’s Vineyard. Fun and informative with a happiness to share stories. We didn’t do the island tour and chose to stroll through the shops and enjoy the quiet instead. Great choice to not be rushed and got lots of shopping done. Mom enjoyed the day and my sister and I did too!

Fun day which really showcased Martha’s Vineyard. Good mix of tour and sightseeing in various locations. Highly recommended.

Knowledgeable first class tour guide - Tom knew his history of both Martha’s Vineyard & had great empathy

Wonderful tour! We highly recommend it. The tour guides are fantastic!

Deedee was well inform, knows a lot of stuff. we have excelent tour