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“Best shot is to walk backwards” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)
Ranked #2 of 5 things to do in Aquinnah
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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.
Martha's Vineyard, United States
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Best shot is to walk backwards”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

The best view on the island is actually not right at Gay Head Cliff's but at a Land Bank property nearby. Park along the road near the shops and walk back down the road and turn left at the first road. There is a large white anchor on the left about 100 feet down and walk up that driveway. This is The Outermost Inn. When you get to Inn, look for a path on your left. An easy walk that takes you along the cliffs for spectacular views of the lighthouse, North Shore, Elizabeth Islands, Menemsha and even the mainland. Best time is mid-late May or mid-late Sept when monarchs make a stop on their migration. Note that this walk is ONLY open from Sept. 15-June 15 (NOT in the summer). Also, be careful of ticks.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank Jim G
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English first
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Incredible Views”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Visited in the winter, when all the buildings and businesses were closed. The view is incomparable, and would be a photographers dream.It was very windy, and there was nothing else to see or do once you walked up the very short path to the look out. We walked a little further down the road to walk on the beach, make up of all rocks. Fun and interesting in the winter, but wouldn't want to battle a crowd there in the summer.

Visited March 2014
Thank Sarah A
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Canterbury, Connecticut
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29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“More Than Worth the Drive to the Westernmost End of the Island!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

If you're a lighthouse enthusiast like I am, you don't mind driving a bit out of your way to see a bit of history and that's no exception on Martha's Vineyard! Gay Head Light sits at the spot where the very first of the Vineyard's five lighthouses was built and though the current red brick tower is not the original lighthouse that stood at that spot, it is well worth driving out to the Aquinnah Cliffs to see. Currently it sits only 40-feet from the edge of the cliffs and is in danger of falling over the cliffs if it's not moved back soon but hopefully savegayheadlight.org will be able to get that accomplished before that happens. Even in the winter when it's closed you can take a walk up and look around though obviously you can't climb up the tower. Just be careful and don't get too close to the edge of the cliffs as it's a long way down and could be quite dangerous if you were to lose your footing.

Visited February 2014
1 Thank LindaOSki
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Akron, Ohio
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48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Do Not Miss This View!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2013

One of the most beautiful places I have been on the East Coast. absolutely breathtaking. See for yourself!

Visited September 2013
3 Thank kalisn1
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Rochelle Park, New Jersey
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L !!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

perfect spot for a romantic getaway, suitable for friends and family, the only negative is that it gets too windy at times, beautiful scene to enjoy and clean bathrooms !!!

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Yash M
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