The history of Cape Cod and the Islands is built on two disciplines: whaling and art. The lighthouses of these communities harken back to the late 18th century, when sea captains of the area were well paid and in great demand. By the early part of the 20th century, Provincetown became a destination for artists. Eugene O'Neill helped form the Provincetown Players, and the art inspired by resident and visiting artists is on display throughout the area. From the lighthouses that dot the coastline to museums and tours, visitors are introduced to the events and people that helped form these communities.
The five lighthouses in Martha's Vineyard have been lighting up the sounds and harbors of this area for more than 175 years. Many groups preserve the lighthouses so visitors can experience and explore these diverse structures.
Located in Sandwich, the Heritage Museum has an eclectic collection of exhibits including 37 vintage cars, a hand-carved carousel and their annual holiday Spectacle of Lights.
By bus or trolley, Island Transport visits all six towns of Martha's Vineyard, including the 150-foot cliffs of Aquinnah and shopping at Edgartown.
A coastal resort community straddling the arm of Cape Cod.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Once a prosperous whaling port, Edgartown is now an elegant yachting center filled with stately homes.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Throughout Nantucket, you'll find a wide range of restaurants and interesting antique, craft and specialty stores.Find: Lodging | Attractions
Located in Sandwich, here you'll see rhododendron-filled grounds, early-American artifacts and antique cars. Learn more>>
Like going around and around? The Flying Horses in Oak Bluffs is the oldest working carousel in America. Learn more>>
Restored 1847 candle factory and museum featuring exhibitions on Nantucket whaling history, decorative arts, Nantucket folk art and more. Learn more>>
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