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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
No
Guided tours
No
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Other

Pros

Great views.

Cons

Lighthouse not ADA accessible.

Pets allowed

Yes, with restrictions

Address

Aquinnah Cir
9
Aquinnah, MA 02535
United States

Features

Big vistas
Lighthouse
Family friendly

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Adventures

Martha's Vinyard + Nantucket, Massachusetts
Martha's Vinyard + Nantucket, Massachusetts

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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