Reachable by a combination of rail, road or ferry, Martha’s Vineyard is one of the most popular day trip destinations for visitors to Boston.
Nestled in the Atlantic just south of Cape Cod, the idyllic Massachusetts island is a long-standing New England summer colony, dotted with pretty harbour towns and lighthouses, sandy beaches and farmland. For those based in Boston, there are a number of organised tours that bring you here via a combination of bus and ferry. Here’s our pick of the best currently available.
Full-Day Trip to Martha’s Vineyard from Boston
Take a break from life on the mainland during this full-day tour of Martha’s Vineyard, complete with lunch at a local eatery (own expense). Feel the sea breeze as you travel by ferry from Falmouth, exploring the island’s charming mix of New England architecture and its picture-postcard lighthouses. You’ll also have a chance to learn about the area’s historic connection to the whaling industry, explore the gingerbread cottages and local vibe of Oak Bluff, and cosy up to some cute alpacas on a local farm. At the end of your carefree island day, hop back on your ferry for the return trip to Falmouth and then on to Boston. Round-trip shared bus transportation from Boston is included in the tour price. CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE.
Martha’s Vineyard Day Trip With Optional Island Tour
On this popular tour, you can avoid the hassle of driving and planning, kick back and enjoy a leisurely day relaxing on beaches, sampling the local food, shopping, and more. Heading off from Boston early morning, you’ll travel in an air-conditioned mini coach to Cape Cod, then ferry across the Vineyard Sound to Martha’s Vineyard to explore all six of its distinct towns, including Vineyard Haven and Aquinnah. Other activities include a drive through the downtown of Falmouth and along the Cape Cod Canal in Cape Cod. The tour also provides discounted admission to the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Vineyard Haven. With an Island Tour upgrade, you can also explore the historic village of Edgartown, the Gay Head cliffs and the lighthouse of Aquinnah. From $110 per person.
10-Night New England Fly Drive – Boston & Martha’s Vineyard
This week-and-a-half epic luxury adventure starts with 4 nights in dynamic Boston before moving on to Cape Cod and Woods Hole, where you’ll spend 2 additional nights discovering the bustling town’s waterfront restaurants, quaint local shops and art galleries. On day 7, you’ll take a ferry from Woods Hole to Martha’s Vineyard, a tranquil haven with its rustic and unspoilt beaches, wildlife refuges, rolling farmland, and bike trails. Over ensuing four days, you’ll get to explore the authentic fishing villages of Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs and Edgartown, before your return journey to Boston. Price on request.
By Paul Joseph