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Gay Head Lighthouse

Martha's Vinyard + Nantucket, Massachusetts

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  • The entrance to Gay Head Lighthouse.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • An open field at Gay Head Lighthouse with stones marking its previous location.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • Gay Head Lighthouse.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • Aquinnah Cliffs seen from Gay Head Lighthouse.- Gay Head Lighthouse
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  • Views from Gay Head Lighthouse.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • Views of Aquinnah Cliffs from atop Gay Head Lighthouse.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • Small service ladder on top of Gay Head Lighthouse.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • Aquinnah Cliffs and the Gay Head Lighthouse lookout point.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • Enjoying the views at Gay Head Lighthouse.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • Tourists taking in the views at the lookout.- Gay Head Lighthouse
  • The very narrow passage into the light tower. - Gay Head Lighthouse
  • The lighthouse lights.- Gay Head Lighthouse
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Pros: 
Great views.
Cons: 
Lighthouse not ADA accessible.
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Region:
Martha's Vinyard + Nantucket, MA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Parking Pass: 
Other
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

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Built in 1796, Gay Head Lighthouse was the first lighthouse in Martha’s Vineyard. Because of an increase in the whaling industry around Martha's Vineyard, it was deemed necessary to construct a lighthouse to protect the many passing ships passing through the Vineyard Sound.

The beautiful lighthouse stands on the side of a large open area overlooking the cliffs and water below. With eroding cliffs as the lighthouse's main threat, it has been moved back over a 100 feet in 2015 from where it stood for the last 159 years. Large stones mark its past location.

Climbing to the top of the lighthouse costs $5. The views are amazing, and it is well worth the cost. At the top of the lighthouse, there is a wraparound deck to provide spectacular ocean views. A short walk from the lighthouse, there are restrooms and a street of shops. There is a small hut filled with the history of Aquinnah and its lighthouse and another cliff overlook. This area can be crowded, so patience is required to get a good view of the lighthouse and cliffs. Also, tours are offered throughout Martha's Vineyard, and the Gay Head Lighthouse is one of its stops, so you can always catch a ride to this amazing area.

With beautiful views, small shops and food stands, and Aquinnah Cliffs, the Gay Head Lighthouse is a great stop on your Martha's Vineyard adventure.

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