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Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

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Address: Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
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+1 508-627-4441
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Martha's Vineyard Museum is privileged to be the steward of three of...

The Martha's Vineyard Museum is privileged to be the steward of three of the Island's lighthouses. The East Chop, Edgartown, and Gay Head lighthouses are not only historic reminders of a bygone age, but are working beacons that still send a light out into the night. Beyond their important functional role, these structures also offer visitors spectacular views of the breathtaking beauty of Vineyard Sound, the simple elegance of Edgartown Harbor & Chappaquiddick, and the majestic cliffs of Aquinnah. The Gay Head Lighthouse is open seasonally. A lighthouse keeper will be available and the doors will be open during designated hours. Parking is available, but limited, on Aquinnah Circle. The Vineyard Transit Authority (VTA) busses do have routes to the lighthouse.

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The Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard was a quick photo op with our bus driver. We were allowed to take pictures in passing. In 1998, the town nearest the lighthouse... read more

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The Gay Head Lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard was a quick photo op with our bus driver. We were allowed to take pictures in passing. In 1998, the town nearest the lighthouse changed its name from Gay Head to Aquinnah, the Wampanoag name for “end of the island”. When I arrived home, I researched this lighthouse and learned it is operated... More 

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West Barnstable, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved my visit to Gay Head Light. Probably one of my favorite lighthouses so far (been trying to see all the Cape and Islands Light Houses.

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Jupiter, Florida
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Reviewed March 24, 2017 via mobile

Stunning views all around! I love the history of it all and the fact that the shops (not open off-season) are all run by members of the tribe. There's a beautiful park out front and access to a few different trails that go beachside or to the lighthouse. Great for a sunrise or sunset. I went for sunset!

Thank shelleyeve
Wethersfield, Connecticut, United States
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Reviewed March 23, 2017

The weather was so beautiful for September that this tour was a must. The lighthouse is rich in history. It had been moved further inland due to erosion and will have to be moved yet again in the future. The beach down below is a stop that you should make, miles and miles of beautiful sand for walking.

Thank Dennis M
Brookeville, Maryland
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Reviewed October 21, 2016

A beautiful setting on the Gay Head cliffs. The lighthouse has been moved back from the cliffs due to erosion. This should keep it safe for the next 150 years.

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New England
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

We wanted to see all 5 lighthouses on MV/Chappy so we started here. So beautiful. Such an amazing view and super easy to get to. Go - this is great scenery!

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Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

This was an incredible find! We went thinking we were just going to see a light house and saw an wonderful video about the moving of gay head. The staff was very friendly and very informative, you could really tell they were very passionate about the light house. The cliff were beautiful and were surprise you could walk down to... More 

Thank DebbieandRand
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed October 8, 2016

We Visited during the Bus Tour from Oak Bluff and Found it to be Well Set up and Beautiful Views. Some Good Food and Gift outlets and Welcome Break during the Tour

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

It cost $5 to climb & is worth it. The lady was giving me a history of the lighthouse & telling us how it was recently had moved which is normally nice but I was in a hurry before the shuttle came back so I had to cut her short. The light is active & hot but cool to see.... More 

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Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

We had a few hours free so we drove to Gay Head to sightsee. This was one of the highlights of our trip. The view is absolutely gorgeous and the history and walk up the lighthouse is a must do!

Thank Carla D

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