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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
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+1 508-627-4441
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Also --- if you like to be in the 'buff' ---- the nude beach is right before you go around the bend to the cliffs!

Thank Jill A
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We drove to gay head mid day on what I thought was going to be a beautiful day. It took us about 30-40 minutes from Edgartown. As soon as we arrived, the clouds started rolling in. Thank goodness it didn’t start pouring until about an...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This destination on the vineyard is the reason we took a vehicle over by ferry although you can get to it by bus, it 18 miles from Oaks Bluff and it takes about 40 minutes on single lane roads at low speeds. The island is...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Fun thing to do. Great views of the Aquinnah cliffs. Be sure to go up in the look ghthouse. Fee required.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here by car. It is about a 45 minute drive from Oak Bluffs. Aquinnah is a nice little village with shops and restaurants overlooking the breathtaking views of the ocean. There is a nice beach at the bottom of the mountain. We ate...More

Thank Nancy L
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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

The top of Acquinnah Cliffs formerly known as Gay Head is a beautiful spot to gaze into the water and see the beach from the Cliffs. The lighthouse on top of the Cliffs is a working one and makes sure boats don’t run aground in...More

Thank Ruth S
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Reviewed 11 June 2018

During a May trip to Martha's Vineyard we visited Gay Head. From the parking lot and the scenic overlook of the Aquinnah Cliffs you can get good views of the lighthouse. We attempted to walk up to the lighthouse but the driveway gate was locked...More

1  Thank rockwood13
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Reviewed 2 June 2018 via mobile

Such an absolutely beautiful spot! The views of the lighthouse and the cliffs are amazing! The little shops along the pathway to the overlook are quaint and provide a nice opportunity to grab something from the Island to take home, different from the typical souvenir...More

1  Thank sharonmE463YK
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Reviewed 30 May 2018

The best view of the lighthouse is from the parking lot. You can see it from the overlook, but it is further away. If you are photographing it, try to take several pictures so you capture the light. It looks awesome with the light.

Thank KatWat39
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

It’s beautiful at Gay Head Light and the cliffs. There’s a nice overlook where you can take a picture of the cliffs and water below. However, if you have time, you really should walk the beach and see the clay cliffs up close and personal....More

Thank Holly C
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