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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

Nice view, but there are nice views all over the island. I went to see the benchmark located nearby. The lighthouse was open but it was $5 to climb which seemed a bit much to me.

Thank dave d
Reviewed 1 week ago

lighthouse is located on the far side of the island from the ferry, fortunately it is the only stop on the bus tour. The lighthouse is very nice and has recently been moved and restored. It is adjacent to the cliffs which are also worthy...More

Thank 659josephc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Be sure to climb to the lens. A walk around the ledge will provide you with spectacular views. A must for preteens interested in history.

Thank Sharon G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Thank you for saving this National Historic Treasure. We watched the PBS documentary when it was moved and saved. It bought back so many memories when I started visiting, digging the clay from the cliffs from 65 years ago. Such an amazing treasure!!!

Thank gullahgullah
Reviewed 8 August 2017 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 25 July 2017 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 22 July 2017 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 12 July 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 12 July 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 9 July 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
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