MV Obsession

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MV With Kids …


Martha’s Vineyard is a great place for a family vacation.

Unlike big crowded theme parks, a trip to the Vineyard is a more laid back kind of vacation.

Being an Island the main attraction is the beach.  The best kid friendly one is State Beach on the eastern side of MV between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.  The water is mostly shallow and very calm.  The beach is great for finding shells and stones and sometimes an elusive piece of sea glass.

Here at Aquinnah (Gay Head) on the western side of MV lying beneath the colorful clay cliffs, the beach is rougher and dotted with large and interesting rocks.

Bicycling is a terrific way to explore the Island.   One of the prettiest bicycle paths is right along State Beach between Oak Bluffs and Edgartown… the Atlantic Ocean is on one side and Sengekontacket Pond on the other.

Along the way look for an Osprey’s nest.

Try miniature golf at Island Cove Mini Golf on State Rd just outside of Vineyard Haven, and also try their rock climbing wall.

Some other things to do on MV are.  Nature walks and children’s programs at Felix Neck.  Watch glass being blown at the Martha’s Vineyard Glassworks. Go ice skating at the MV Arena.  Try horseback riding.  Tour the lobster hatchery in Oak Bluffs.  Spend a few hours at Beadniks in Vineyard Haven creating a one of a kind piece of jewelry.

No matter what your age you’ll want to ride on the Flying Horses.

The Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs are America’s oldest platform carousel dating back to 1884.   They are listed on the National Register of Historical Places and belong to the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust.  Take a ride on one of these beautifully restored horses rain or shine.

And rain does happen, so what do you do with kids to keep them happy.

Besides the Flying Horses and bookstores there’s always the movies.  There are several theatres on MV.. the one pictured here is in Vineyard Haven… Oak Bluffs has two theatres and Edgartown does also.

Shopping is always fun for a little while.  Try out Riley’s Reads and the Toy Box both here in Vineyard Haven.

If you take a jaunt over to the smaller island of Chappaquiddick, which is a three minute ferry ride from Edgartown, take time to stroll through Mytoi, the beautiful and peaceful Japanese garden.  Also take a guided tour out to Cape Poge lighthouse.

If you’re on MV in the middle of August you can visit the Agricultural Fair It’s amazing to see what the Vineyarders have created… from quilts and homemade jams and jellies to raising livestock.  There’s something for everyone, lots of good food, rides to go on, sheep shearing and interesting contests like skillet tossing… something I’ve been tempted to do in my kitchen at times.

So run, play, shop, go swimming and biking, ride on a flying horse or a real one, visit a farm or spend a week as a deck hand on a kids cruise on the Shenandoah or Alabama tall ships.  Enjoy all that Martha’s Vineyard has to offer.

As for where to stay… my personal recommendations are.  The Island Inn which is about a half mile outside Oak Bluffs on the road to Edgartown.  Each unit, no matter the size has a kitchenette which is always great when traveling with kids.  They have a playground and large lawns for romping and a nice pool.

The Harborside Inn in Edgartown is nice also.  Each room has a mini fridge tucked away in the closet.  They have two pools.  Also in Edgartown are the Edgartown Lodge and Edgartown Commons.


Author: mvobsession

I'm married, I have two daughters and two grandchildren and they all love MV. Enjoy my MV blog and contact me if I can answer any questions. This blog started out as strictly about Martha's Vineyard but over the years I've branched out to include other obsessions and interests. I enjoy photography and like sharing my photos here as well. Hope you enjoy :)

2 thoughts on “MV With Kids …

  1. What beautiful children! And, what a beautiful and informative post. It makes me wish I was there. (sigh)

    P. S. I expected one of the Flying Horse Photos to be of you representing a different age of the “kids of all ages”. Love you!

  2. Hi Joan! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Believe it or not, I have only been to the Vineyard once and it was for a day! Yes, the carousel was taken for a spin by my girls! I love your pictures and your commentary, so I may have to go back this year and spend a little more time. I live down in Chatham. Come check out my end of the Cape!

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