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For its relatively small size (100 square miles), Martha's Vineyard has its fair share of lighthouses. But of the five dotting the northern side of the island, visitors and travel experts continually recommend making a stop at the Edgartown Lighthouse. 
Originally constructed for Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, this 1800s-era lighthouse was relocated to the Vineyard in 1938. Aside from its history, the lighthouse draws in travelers thanks to the incredible views seen at the top of its spiral staircase: from this vantage point, you'll enjoy panoramic vistas of the harbor and neighboring Chappaquiddick Island.
If you arrive by bus, take Route No. 11; it will drop you off on Church Street. From there, you'll have a 10-minute walk to the lighthouse. You can explore the grounds and nearby beach for free, but if you'd like access to the top, you'll have to fork over $5. Past visitors offered mixed opinions about whether or not it's worth the admission fee, especially since the lighthouse is relatively small, but all agreed that the area surrounding the lighthouse is stunning. Before you go, check on the Martha's Vineyard Museum website to check opening and closing times, which vary by season.

For its relatively small size (100 square miles), Martha's Vineyard has its fair share of lighthouses. But of the five dotting the northern side of the island, visitors and travel experts continually recommend making a stop at the Edgartown Lighthouse. 

Originally constructed for Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, this 1800s-era lighthouse was relocated to the Vineyard in 1938. Aside from its history, the lighthouse draws in travelers thanks to the incredible views seen at the top of its spiral staircase: from this vantage point, you'll enjoy panoramic vistas of the harbor and neighboring Chappaquiddick Island.

If you arrive by bus, take Route No. 11; it will drop you off on Church Street. From there, you'll have a 10-minute walk to the lighthouse. You can explore the grounds and nearby beach for free, but if you'd like access to the top, you'll have to fork over $5. Past visitors offered mixed opinions about whether or not it's worth the admission fee, especially since the lighthouse is relatively small, but all agreed that the area surrounding the lighthouse is stunning. Before you go, check on the Martha's Vineyard Museum website to check opening and closing times, which vary by season.

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#1 Beaches You'll have your pick of beaches on Martha's Vineyard. From the protected, shallow surf on the northern and eastern coasts of the island to the big waves crashing ... Read more » Courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

#2 Aquinnah Cliffs The Aquinnah Cliffs  formerly known as Gay Head  is one of Martha's Vineyard's most-visited tourist spots, with bus and bike tours congesting the paved roads in the peak ... Read more » DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

#3 Oak Bluff Campground These extravagantly decorated summer cottages offer a quaint peek into the island's past. The grounds were originally occupied by 19th-century Methodists, who would retreat here in the summer to ... Read more » Kenneth Wiedemann / Getty Images

#4 Chappaquiddick Chappaquiddick became infamous for all the wrong reasons. In July 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy was driving a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne home from a party in Chappaquiddick when ... Read more » D Allen / Flickr

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#6 Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard One of the more unique attractions on Martha's Vineyard, Island Alpaca is a hit with recent visitors for its friendly animals and well-stocked gift shop. Spread across 19 acres ... Read more » mgstanton / Flickr

#7 Flying Horses Carousel, Oak Bluffs Built in 1876, the Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest operating platform carousel in the country. The hand-painted horses, housed in a big red barn, have been carefully preserved; most ... Read more » MV Preservation Society

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From the protected, shallow surf on the northern and eastern coasts of the island to the big waves crashing on the south side, the Vineyard's various shorelines offer a little something for everyone. Courtesy of Martha's Vineyard Chamber of Commerce

The Aquinnah Cliffs, a National Historic Landmark, are made up of green sands, white quartz, black organic soil and other colorful clays.  DenisTangneyJr / Getty Images

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Recent visitors highly recommended taking a day, or at least a few hours, to explore the island of Chappaquiddick, located just a five-minute ferry ride from Edgartown. D Allen / Flickr

Originally constructed for Crane Beach in Ipswich, Massachusetts, this 1800s-era lighthouse was relocated to the Vineyard in 1938. William Britten / Getty Images

Spread across 19 acres, Island Alpaca features a herd of 72 Huacaya alpacas and one llama. mgstanton / Flickr

The Flying Horses Carousel originally entertained children and families in New York's Coney Island before being transplanted to Oak Bluffs in 1884. MV Preservation Society

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