Vineyard Haven, the beautiful working harbor village in the town of Tisbury is not only the year-round port for Martha’s Vineyard, it also boasts a really fun and diverse Cultural District.
The Vineyard Haven Harbor Cultural District is a walkable mile from the shipyards on Beach Street, to the Library on Main Street, and it includes a huge number of businesses in the creative industries – design, architecture, wooden shipbuilding, home goods, handcrafts, theater, music, films and delight slew of wonderful restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutique shops, galleries, studios, clothing design, books, and scrumptious culinary delights!
Love maritime history? Check out the whaling and industry captains’ homes on Williams Street, and the beautiful murals on the walls of the second floor gallery in the Katherine Cornell Theater. Further down Main Street you’ll find the lovely town beach at Owen Park a perfect small park for young kids. Keep walking and you’ll find a historic cemetery, the West Chop Lighthouse, and, at the crest of a small incline, the stunning vistas of West Chop overlook – the perfect place to enjoy, especially at sunset.
Vineyard Haven boasts two movie theaters: the beautiful Martha’s Vineyard Film Center at the Tisbury Marketplace open year round and home to wonderful festivals, including the International Film Festival in September, and in season Capawock movie house on Main Street. The Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse offers live plays, poetry and exhibitions year-round, helping to make Tisbury, and Vineyard Haven, one of the most arts-vibrant small towns in America!
Founded in 1922, The Martha's Vineyard Museum now located in former 1895 Marine Hospital, is a must see in Vineyard Haven! Previously located in Edgartown, the museum moved to Vineyard Haven in 2018 and now includes a cafe, courtyard, and ample parking. The museum host regular events and offers a wide variety of exhibits including the first-order Fresnel Lens, which was first installed in the Gay Head Light from 1854 to 1952.
INFORMATION CENTERS A year-round information center is located at 24 Beach Street, and a seasonal kiosk is located at the base of Union Street, across the street from the Steamship Authority ferry terminal.
PUBLIC BUS is located in front of the Steamship Authority ferry terminal
PUBLIC RESTROOMS are located at the top of the Stop & Shop parking lot and inside of the Steamship Authority ferry terminal.
Insider Tip: Enjoy a perfect sunset at the West Chop overlook! Follow Main Street west past the commercial part of the village for almost 2 miles, past the West Chop lighthouse, up a short incline to the perfect sunset spot. You'll find a small pocket park with a couple of benches and some grass that's perfect for a little picnic or some star gazing.