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Island Alpaca Company of Martha's Vineyard

#6 in Best Things To Do in Martha's Vineyard

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  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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, the farm features a herd of 72 Huacaya alpacas and one llama. When you're not petting or interacting with these gentle creatures, take a self-guided walking tour of the farm. The barn that's located on the premises is a centuries-old reclaimed hand-hewn oak, post and beam barn that was exported from Pennsylvania.

Recent visitors, especially those with children, said a stop here is a fun way to spend a few hours. Though there's no formal tour, travelers said there are plenty of knowledgeable caretakers on hand to answer any of your alpaca questions. You'll also want to make time for a swing though the gift shop; according to reviewers, the hand-knitted, alpaca fur-lined goods are well-made and cozy.

You'll find this alpaca farm in Oak Bluffs, less than 3 miles south of the Vineyard Haven Harbor. If you don't have your own set of wheels, you can take the bus; Vineyard Transit Routes Nos. 1, 7 and 9 stop within short walking distance of the farm.

Island Alpaca has varying seasonal hours; in the summer, it's open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and in the fall, winter and spring, it's open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check the attraction's website before you go to confirm hours for your visit. Admission from May through October costs $5 per person.  

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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

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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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