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Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

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Address: , Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
Phone Number: 508-627-4441
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This lighthouse was recently moved at great community fundraising and expense because of significant erosion. The same erosion has caused the "Gay Head Cliffs" in Aquinnah (f/k/a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

This lighthouse was recently moved at great community fundraising and expense because of significant erosion. The same erosion has caused the "Gay Head Cliffs" in Aquinnah (f/k/a Gay Head) to become a little less than "gay," but on a clear day the views of the Elizabeth Islands are magnificent. Nearby are several shops at the Cliffs, worth a look-see, as... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

The view from the top of the lighthouse was breathtaking. The water is blue, beautiful, and bold. Great picturesque views from the lighthouse.

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Grandville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Although the lighthouse was closed when we were there as it was being moved to save it, we thoroughly enjoyed our tour stop here at the cliffs. The views are beyond description, and I can only imagine what they would be if able to climb to the top of the lighthouse! We could have spent much more time there exploring... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We visited the lighthouse on the day it reopened after its big move. Having recently climbed Edgartown Light, it was fun for the kids to compare the two. This one was a bit tighter at the top, but the view of the cliffs is stunning. The lighthouse and its location are worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

This is a gorgeous spot to view the lighthouse, the beach and the cliffs! There is a cultural center and shops so add more time if you want to enjoy the picturesque area.

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New Oxford, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The lighthouse was just recently moved to save it from falling into the ocean. It's still located by the cliffs but has been closed due to the move. I believe it is due to open mid August. The cliffs are the real draw here; but if you like lighthouses, it's a two-for-one with the cliffs and light.

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

A trip to Martha's Vineyard is incomplete without a trek up to the lookout point to view the lighthouse in its new position and the cliffs themselves. Spectacular view of land and sea and a great place to view the sunset. Still hoping to see the green flash when the sun finally disappears into the horizon. Parking can be limited... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

The lighthouse is being moved but the view is still beautiful. I stayed in the area but it's worth the trip if you are on another part of the island. The end of June is a nice time to travel. It's not so crowded and there is no charge for parking. I heard it's $10-15 in July and August.

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Malden, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Aquinnah is on the south western part of the Martha's vineyard Island.It is 24 miles from Oak Bluffs ferry. We took the bicycles from Anderson Bikes and rode all the way till West Tisbury (a 10 mile bike ride - fantastic experience). From west Tisbury ,we took the VTA bus # 5 which dropped us a Aquinnah cliffs. Buses are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The lighthouse was just recently moved 300 feet farther back from the cliffs due to erosion, but you can still get a great view of the lighthouse and cliffs/beach from the very nice walking trails just to the left of the light. We parked by the light, explored the lookout and then looked for the trail down to the beach.... More 

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