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Gay Head

Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA
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Ranked #3 of 4 Attractions in Aquinnah
Type: Beaches, Geologic Formations, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this spectacular beach with its magnificent multi-colored cliffs, which are a... more » Owner description: The 10-minute walk from the parking lot is well worth the trek to this spectacular beach with its magnificent multi-colored cliffs, which are a national landmark. The lack of commercialism means a true escape and relaxation, but you'll need to bring food and supplies. « less
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Lakeville, MA
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Caveat, careful where you take your kids. My wife and I walked down to the beach from the lighthouse above. We wondered the beach, she looking for shells, and I taking photos of the walls of the cliffs. The clay walls reminded us of the formations we saw in our trips to the Southwest. As I wandered aimlessly snapping away,... More

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Antlers, Oklahoma
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

This place is stunning. The cliffs, the lighthouse and the small shops in this area are well worth the bus trip here. Tip: the public bathroom costs 50 cents per person!

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Durham, Connecticut
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The gay head cliffs are completely worth the drive across the island. The view is absolutely stunning. This is also my favorite beach on the island! It is about a 10 minute walk to the beach, but worth it. Strolling down the beach looking at the cliffs and swimming in the calm water is heaven!I highly recommend visiting if you... More

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Hockessin, Delaware, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

first thing to know public transportation will take you there as well as many other beaches and attractions it is 7 dollars and you can ride the bus all day ... this trip will take about an hour but is worth the trip! there are a few shops take out food as well as a an outdoor cafe .the views... More

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Thomaston
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30 reviews 30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

The view of the Gay Cliffs and the lighthouse are wonderful, well worth the tour to see this. There are several small shops down the hill, and we just did not have enough time on the tour to look as much as we would have liked. We did buy Vineyard hoodies for $25.00, and that is a bargain for such... More

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Somers, CT
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

At the southwestern tip of Martha's Vineyard (Aquinnah), there is a lighthouse at Gay Head with lovely views, as well as another "point" a short walk further to see still more beach and ocean views. This is an area of Native American land, so there are a few shops and small food joints (and toilets for 50 cents!) that help... More

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Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Boston ,in itself,is a fantastic trip to take.I strongly advise you to buy a Boston Go Card.So many attractions for one price.Whale watching ( and we did see 5 ),a boat tour and best of all,the ferry to and from,Marthas Vineyard, were only 3 of the 51 attractions included in our 3 day Go Card.When on the island be sure... More

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Gay Head was one of the highlights of our trip. The cliffs are beautiful, and the lighthouse grabbed my heart. Walking the beach was fun, and I found lots of gorgeous wampum, better than we have on Cape Cod.

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Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Gay Head Lighthouse stands precariously close to the edge of the cliff, the clay erodes off that cliff and into the ocean--and both symbolize the tenacious hold the Wampanoag Indians have on the land and the culture of Aquinnah. Martha's Vineyard offers loads of great experiences, and a trip up to Gay Head will open a whole new dimension. While... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Other then the cliffs, beach and the light house, which was closed, there is nothing much to do here. We took the #5 bus out to view the cliffs and the light house. That was all accomplished in less than 15 minuets. The bus operates hourly. The only other thing there was to do was to fork over 50 cents... More

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