Tisbury Martha's Vineyard is a destination that many people have their sights set on during the summer season. Also known as Vineyard Haven, this town has the main port on the island of Martha's Vineyard, and once summer rolls around, thousands pour in by way of ferry looking to enjoy some quality vacation time. From Tisbury, you can easily get to other major destinations around the island, though you might stick around for a while and maybe even call the town your Martha's Vineyard travel base. There is plenty in Tisbury for the tourist to enjoy, the beautiful harbor included.
Vineyard Haven is the town center of Tisbury, and over time, the two have essentially become one. The names are interchangeable, and knowing this can help you when looking at a map. One map may list the town as Tisbury, while another might call it Vineyard Haven. Whatever you call it, this is a great town to visit, partly because of its inviting beaches. These beaches include Lake Tashmoo Town Beach and Owen Park Beach. At Lake Tashmoo Town Beach, you can actually choose from two beaches. One is on Vineyard Sound and has mild surf conditions, while the other is a calmer lake beach. Owen Park Beach is closer to the heart of town. In fact, it can be found off Main Street and is situated in the harbor. A small beach, Owen Park Beach is attached to a park of sorts that has swings. This is the extent of the facilities, though you won't be far from the town's restaurants and hotels.
When you're not enjoying some quality beach time in Tisbury Martha's Vineyard, you can go shopping. The town is home is to a good mix of shops, and most are conveniently located in and around the harbor and Main Street. This is where you will also find the town's best restaurants, coincidentally, so a shopping spree can always include a rewarding dining experience. This is a dry town, but those who wish to enjoy an adult beverage with their meal will be happy to know that most restaurants have a BYOB policy.
For cultural enthusiasts, a trip to the Old Schoolhouse Museum is something that might prove tempting during a Vineyard Haven escape, and both history and architecture buffs are bound to find interest in the Town Hall. Formerly a church, this lovely structure was built in the 1800s and dates back to the island's whaling days.
Some great attractions are found just outside Tisbury Martha's Vineyard, so you won't want to spend all your time in the town center. One of these attractions is Island Cove Mini Golf. Found on State Road, this attraction features a fun miniature golf course, a climbing wall, and a snack bar. They sell famed Mad Martha's Ice Cream at the snack shop, and it's an island institution. Also popular with families is the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated off Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road at 100 Felix Neck Drive. At this sanctuary, you can visit a nature center and check out some interesting exhibits in the Discovery Center. It is also possible to enjoy self-guided walking tours on the four miles of nature trails.
Ferries from mainland Massachusetts and Cape Cod visit the port at Vineyard Haven year round, and if you prefer arriving in your own boat, there is an excellent marina to take advantage of. The Vineyard Harbor Marina offers everything that a boater might need, including deep-water moorings and various travel services. Among other things, the marina staff can help you find a good place to stay or eat.
Vineyard Haven also has a more general tourism office that can serve the needs of any and all visitors. Located just two blocks from the ferry port on Beach Road, this tourism office is open year round on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Similar tourist information offices can be found in other destinations around the island, including Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.