10 Things to Do in Oak Bluffs That You Shouldn't Miss

December 19, 2017 Milan Banda

Oak Bluffs is a town located on the island of Martha's Vineyard in Dukes County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 4,527 at the 2010 United States Census. It is one of the island's principal points of arrival for summer tourists, and is noted for its "gingerbread cottages" and other well-preserved mid- to late-nineteenth-century buildings.
Restaurants in Oak Bluffs

1. Martha's Vineyard Camp meeting Association (MVCMA)

80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557 +1 508-693-0525
Excellent
70%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 479 reviews

Martha's Vineyard Camp meeting Association (MVCMA)

Reviewed By Fred M - Summerville, South Carolina

The Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association is truly a unique grouping of small gingerbread homes in a storybook-like setting. This is an absolute must see when visiting Oak Bluffs. I strongly suggest that visitors read about the history of the MVCMA before visiting. It's quite an intriguing story and includes some unusual and interesting facts.

2. Ocean Park

Seaview Ave., Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557 +1 508-693-2303
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 182 reviews

Ocean Park

Victorian mansions surround this charming Oak Bluffs park.

Reviewed By pina71 - New Jersey

Ocean Park is a wonderful place to stroll around. On one side of the park is the ocean and on the other side are beautiful victorian houses. The park has a beautiful band stand in the center of it and the ground is very well kepts with gorgeous flowers and a lovely fountain. A must see when in Oak Bluffs!

33 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557 +1 508-693-9481
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 274 reviews

Flying Horses Carousel

Try your luck at catching the brass ring and winning a free ride on the oldest working carousel in the U.S., which has been enchanting children and adults for over a hundred years. The 20 hand-carved horses on this official historic landmark have real horsehair manes and tails.

Reviewed By Jabby B - Manchester, New Hampshire

Its worth taking a look if your in town, is historical, if you like history or merry go rounds than its pretty cool.

4. Trinity Park Tabernacle

80 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557 +1 508-693-0525
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
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Terrible
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4.5 based on 121 reviews

Trinity Park Tabernacle

Reviewed By tinaNtravel - San Jose, California

The Tabernacle isn't really worth visiting on its own and even as you walk past it, it isn't really worth stopping to investigate further. However, it is along the path as you visit the unbelievably cute gingerbread houses and is in a pretty green park area. Also, it might be a nice place to rest and there are porta-potties outside in case you need one, while walking around the cottages...

5. Circuit Avenue

Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA +1 508-693-6181
Excellent
51%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 262 reviews

Circuit Avenue

Off-beat and quirky shopping enclave in Oak Bluffs.

Reviewed By heumanntouch - Southern California

This is an alright area to visit if you love to shop or are looking for a place to eat but only if you have time. The area is full of trinkets to memorialize your visit to the vineyard. The restaurants in the area are decent but outside of a few most are tourist traps with expensive prices and marginal food. The other problem with this location is parking as it can be a challenge when it is busy. The good news is you can park for 2 hours for free.

6. Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard

1 Head of the Pond Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02568-4147 +1 508-693-5554
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 159 reviews

Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard

Island Alpaca invites you to bring the family and friend for a unique experience, including a gift shop filled with locally grown garments, and down-on-the-farm furry, fun. Take their self-guided, walking tour from to arrive at the 2,400 square foot antique Post & Beam Barn. Get up close with the friendly fluffy alpaca and meet our new babies... (over 50 of them!) in our very special viewing area. Enjoy some tasty treats and hot cider while watching our alpaca or take in their alpaca video presentation. Bring a sample of their fleece harvest home to your family and friends! (Alpaca's are also for sale!) Open daily, 10 to 4 pm, rain or shine. See you at the farm!

Reviewed By jellosofa - columbus, ohio

Stopped by Island Alpaca Company on a whim and we were wonderfully surprised by our experience there. We had no children with us...so know that adults can enjoy this destination too. It's clear that the farm is most concerned about the welfare of their animals, not creating a touristy destination. The alpacas are beautiful and gentle. Take time to talk with the caretakers to learn about the animals and to witness their relationship with each one. The alpacas have names and personalities. Again...loved our visit to this special place!

7. Joseph Sylvia State Beach

btwn Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, off Beach Rd, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
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Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Joseph Sylvia State Beach

Small waves, low dunes and lots of seashells make this narrow, two-mile stretch of public beach popular with families. The beach runs between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, and is called "Bend-in-the-Road Beach" on the Edgartown side.

Reviewed By RFClark

This beach is about 1.5-2.0 miles long with easy access and parking (IF YOU GET THERE EARLY on a nice day in August!)
Rarely rough seas, shallow long sandy bottom.
Go to Big Bridge (shown in Jaws) and jump off into the channel. Watch out for boat traffic...)

8. Cottage Museum

1 Trinity Park, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA +1 508-693-7784
Excellent
43%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 78 reviews

Cottage Museum

Reviewed By tinaNtravel - San Jose, California

You can walk through the small cottage and see what the house looks like from the inside along with period furniture, clothes, household goods, etc. A very friendly docent works up front, very eager and happy to answer questions. We enjoyed talking to him and learned quite a bit about the area. There is a small gift shop in the back.

9. East Chop Lighthouse

E. Chop Dr., Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557 +1 508-627-4441
Excellent
40%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4 based on 110 reviews

East Chop Lighthouse

Reviewed By alyosha666 - Chicago, Illinois

Took the ferry from the Cape for the day with the family, and this was a nice, easy 1.5 mile walk from Oak Bluffs.

Nice way to get away from the crowds in the town. Nothing overly special about the lighthouse,unless you are a real lighthouse aficionado.

The lighthouse was not open when we got there around 3 pm--only open in the evenings once a week, but still a nice view.

10. Inkwell Beach

Seaview Ave, Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA
Excellent
53%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Inkwell Beach

This Oak Bluffs beach and surrounding area of colorful gingerbread Victorian houses have strong links to African-American heritage on Martha's Vineyard, dating back to the Revolutionary War. The beach was the setting for a teenage romance movie called "The Inkwell."

Reviewed By Hgtravl - Marlton, New Jersey

I had no clue just how beautiful the beaches where at Marthas Vineyard until I arrived. As soon as we left the ferry, we noticed the aqua crystal clear beaches! I cannot get over how "tropical" colored the water was- felt like we where in Flordia!

The beach was spotless clean. Not a single piece of trash- even for peak tourist times. Beautiful beach with crystal clear waters... Loved the beautiful tumbled rocks by the jettys- found a few keepers!

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