Flying Horses Carousel, Oak Bluffs#7 in Best Things To Do in Martha's Vineyard
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 of the original steeds still have horse-hair manes and tails. Kids — and the young at heart — love to ride this carousel. Riders can also play the brass ring game. Collect as many rings as you can as you ride by the metal ring dispenser — one dispenser is placed within reach of the outside row and another in reach of the inside row. The lucky rider who catches the brass ring scores a free ride.
Recent travelers, especially those with kids in tow, highly recommended a stop here (just be prepared for long lines, especially during the summer). Even if you won't be taking a spin on the carousel, you'll want to make a quick stop for the history alone, according to recent visitors.
The Flying Horses Carousel is located in Oak Bluffs on the northeastern tip of the Vineyard. As a seasonal attraction, the carousel is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer, with varying hours the rest of the year. Rides cost $2.50 per person. Check the Flying Horses page on the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust's website for more information.
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#1 Martha's Vineyard 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 on the south side, the Vineyard's various shorelines offer a little something for everyone.
But of all the places to stake a spot in the sand, recent visitors said South Beach (also known as Katama Beach) is one of the best. Situated in Edgartown, South Beach stretches for 3 miles and offers a rumbling surf and rolling dunes. You'll find ample parking here, but most travelers were happy to bike from Edgartown on a path that leads straight to the sand.
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