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Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
+1 508-627-4441
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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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Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
+1 508-627-4441

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was recommended by a friend needed to see. Took bus out and was worth the trip. The view of the water and cliffs was one of the best views I've seen in my life and definitely the best we saw on the vineyard! Aquinnah definitely...More

Thank Jamie W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice view of coast and cliffs from the top. Easy walk to top including kids. Historic lighthouse has been moved to this location.

Thank sdrudy1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here while visiting and my daughter and her friend were surprised to find that the lighthouse had been moved. They even watched the documentary on Netflix later that evening. It was an enjoyable stop, and the views from that side of the island were...More

Thank scottcmorrison
Reviewed July 12, 2017 via mobile

Almost a 360 view of water. Good to get away from the bustling touristy towns and enjoy upisland serenity.

Thank kdmasilamani
Reviewed July 12, 2017

We took the bus from Vineyard Haven to visit this upon the recommendation from a local Martha's Vineyard native. We arrived early, around ten, and we could hardly see beyond an outstretched arm. But as the sun came up the skies cleared. What a beautiful...More

Thank jorozco203
Reviewed July 9, 2017 via mobile

Visited this place last month, the panoramic view to the cliffs is amazing, but the lighthouse is nothing special really. Also everything closes there at 5PM or so.

Thank Paulius Ž
Reviewed July 8, 2017

I remembered it as being smaller, but no. Keep the name Gay Head, make sure you stop at Menemsha fish markets for a warm Lobster roll.

Thank christopher r
Reviewed June 22, 2017

But you must see it from the beach!!! The light house is a great sight, along with the view of the Cliffs from above, but nothing beats walking to and along the beach with the incredible multi-colored clay Cliffs. So glad we walked the shore...More

Thank Callisto S
Reviewed June 15, 2017 via mobile

It was wonderful, from the knowledgeable staff to the views! I'm afraid of height but I conquered my fear that day haha! Well worth the small fee, it was awesome to experience the history of the light.

Thank zzznorlax
Reviewed May 29, 2017

The Aquinnah cliffs, the shops, the restaurant and the Gay Head Lighthouse, make that attraction unique. The many views are spectacular. The lighthouse is open daily to the public from 7/1 to 10/10. This lighthouse has been moved 129 ft. from the original location on...More

Thank Ladope
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