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Gay Head Light (Aquinnah Light)

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Address: Aquinnah, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02535
Phone Number:
+1 508-627-4441
11:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

The Martha's Vineyard Museum is privileged to be the steward of three of...

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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Scenic cliffs

A beautiful setting on the Gay Head cliffs. The lighthouse has been moved back from the cliffs due to erosion. This should keep it safe for the next 150 years.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 21 October 2016
Brookeville, Maryland

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Brookeville, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

A beautiful setting on the Gay Head cliffs. The lighthouse has been moved back from the cliffs due to erosion. This should keep it safe for the next 150 years.

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New England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We wanted to see all 5 lighthouses on MV/Chappy so we started here. So beautiful. Such an amazing view and super easy to get to. Go - this is great scenery!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

This was an incredible find! We went thinking we were just going to see a light house and saw an wonderful video about the moving of gay head. The staff was very friendly and very informative, you could really tell they were very passionate about the light house. The cliff were beautiful and were surprise you could walk down to... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

We Visited during the Bus Tour from Oak Bluff and Found it to be Well Set up and Beautiful Views. Some Good Food and Gift outlets and Welcome Break during the Tour

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

It cost $5 to climb & is worth it. The lady was giving me a history of the lighthouse & telling us how it was recently had moved which is normally nice but I was in a hurry before the shuttle came back so I had to cut her short. The light is active & hot but cool to see.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We had a few hours free so we drove to Gay Head to sightsee. This was one of the highlights of our trip. The view is absolutely gorgeous and the history and walk up the lighthouse is a must do!

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Dennis Port, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

The views from the lighthouse were really nice! Could see for miles! The historical story of the lighthouse is even better! Would recommend going here!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016 via mobile

We saw the PBS show about how this historic lighthouse was saved from toppling over the cliffs. So when we planned this autumn getaway, we included a day trip to Martha's Vineyard. Just for the record, we used the wonderful public bus system on the island. ($8 for a day pass, $5 seniors.) The lighthouse is by the Gay Head... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning views and beautiful beach nearby. Nice shops and fast food restaurants to satisfy you throughout the day. Lighthouse itself was impressive and the staff there were very knowledgable and proud of the history. Highly recommend

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Bristol, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Gay Head is cool place to visit if you like views of the cliffs, like lighthouses and history. It will cost you $5 to climb the stairs to the top of the lighthouse, but the panoramic views are breathtaking. There are a few small local shops and snack bars near the lighthouse as well. We were lucky enough to catch... More 

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