Hansel and Gretel would have a hard time staying away from the cottages in Oak Bluffs. The Martha’s Vineyard Campmeeting Association Cottage Museum & Gift Shop is one of the island’s premier attractions, and this Victorian campground lets visitors feel like they’re stepping back in time or straight into a fairytale. For more than 120 years this has been a popular tourist destination. Located at the corner of Jordan Crossing and Trinity Park in Oak Bluffs the museum is home to 300 cottages, and also features a enchanting little gift shop where you’re sure to find a memento of your visit. The museum is open from June 15 through October 15, Monday through Saturday from 10am until 4pm.

After visiting the cottages head over the Flying Horses Carousel, which are today the oldest platform carousel in operation anywhere in the United States. First built in 1876 this national landmark attraction features solid wooden horses with fine details. The carousel is open from Easter Saturday until Columbus Day. Hours vary in the spring and fall, and in the summer it is open daily from 10am until 10pm.

The area around Oak Bluffs is also home to several old but still stunning lighthouses. In total the island is home to five 19 th -century lighthouses that overlook Vineyard Sound, Nantucket Sound and over the entrance to Cape Poge and Edgartown Harbor. Built between 1801 and 1844 the lighthouses are today as important to Martha’s Vineyard as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris!