Guided tour

Martha's Vineyard: All Island Tour

4.3 / 5

26 reviews

Activity provider: HomeGrown Tours

Martha's Vineyard: All Island Tour

Activity provider: HomeGrown Tours
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 55 per person

Enjoy a comfortable air-conditioned ride to see the beautiful sights of Martha's Vineyard. Explore quaint towns and taste exquisite cuisine surrounded by rolling hills with ancient stone walls and amazing clay cliffs that hold historical secrets.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Learn how American Sign Language came to be used
  • See the amazing clay cliffs that hold treasures from long ago
  • Enjoy the beauty of rolling hills, ancient stone walls, and gorgeous vistas
  • Venture through the Gingerbread Cottages in the Weslyan Grove Campgrounds that started in 1835
  • Learn about the African American Heritage that was brought to the Vineyard by escaped slaves
Full description
Sit right back and enjoy the most unique tour on Martha's Vineyard. Hop on an exciting fun-filled bus and hear about the fascinating history of the area narrated by 3rd and 7th generation islanders. Start at the amazing town of Oak Bluffs (once known as Cottage City) where you will learn about the Methodist Campgrounds and their history of bringing tourism to MV.  Next, travel through Vineyard Haven (also known as Tisbury), the oldest port of 200 years and hear about the hardships of living on an island devastated by fire in 1888 and ransacked by General Grey in 1778. See the beautiful vistas of rolling hills and ancient stone walls as you make your way to the western side. Learn about the af/am heritage and how the island became a stop on the underground railroad. Hear about the indigenous peoples of Martha's Vineyard and how Thomas Mayhew converted the Native Americans to Christianity. After this, the south shore and two sounds blanket the island and have a gorgeous chain of islands called the Elizabeth Islands that have an amazing history of their own. Watch a screen that shows what certain sites looked like in the 1800s to get a better view of how we have evolved. Don't forget the movie JAWS, there will be many sites to see where all the scenes from the movie were filmed. End the tour with a gift bag including maps, guides, coupons, and handmade trinkets. There are plenty of opportunities for photos and much more.
Includes
  • Ferry pickup and drop-off
  • Air conditioned vehicles
  • Cold bottled water and lite snacks
  • A screen to show what certain sites looked like in the 1800s
  • Charging station for phones and tablets (no puters please)
  • Photo opportunities and great fun
  • Narration by 3rd and 7th generation islanders
  • Swag (gift) bags for every customer
  • Gratuities (recommended)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

1 Seaview Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, USA. Look for the blue bus with HomeGrown Tours logo on the side of it.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses

Not allowed

  • Smoking in the vehicle

Know before you go

  • Cancellations made 72 hours in advance will receive full refund; cancellations made 48 hours in advance will receive 50% refund; cancellations made 24 hours in advance will not receive a refund
  • You cannot park in Woodshole Parking Lot for the steamship authority; you must park in Falmouth at the Palmer Ave Parking Lot - a shuttle will bring you to/from the ferry or you will miss the boat and tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 26 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.3/5
  • Transportation
    4.1/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Safety
    4.2/5

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I had a very nice tour with Devan, our guide. He is from Martha's Vineyard and that He told a lot of wonderful stories about the Island and many of the off-beaten track sights and places that one wouldn't normally visit or learn about. Wish we could have stayed longer at the Aquinnah Cliffs that would have given us a chance to visit the Gay Head Light House. The tourist van was comfortable and whimsical. The only thing missing was the "swag bag" that was supposed to be part of the tour. It wasn't mentioned my our guide and nothing was given, so I wasn't sure if it was still part of the tour (although it was advertised there would be a swag bag). It is a nice tour. I would recommend to others who are new to the island and want to get an overall flavor of Martha's Vineyard.

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May 31, 2022

Was contacted by owner of tour group that morning to verify I was coming and pickup location. That was great! However, during my ferry ride over, she notified me that our pickup was changed to the other dick on Martha's Vineyard since ferries were being diverted due to wind. My ferry was not diverted which caused me just a few minutes of anxiety as I had never been there before and wasn't sure how to the other place; but before I could figure it out, she called back and said a taxi was on its way and were to meet him! That was going out of her way to help! I very much appreciated this! Taxi driver was great too. Devin the guide was very knowledgeable and personable. Only 5 in our group and he accommodated us very well. Highly recommend Homegrown Tours!

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May 25, 2022

Great tour and information from a local resident who was knowledgeable about the island. Visited 6 communities and a number of lighthouses and beaches. Pleasant small tour bus with about 12 passengers. All in all, a great introduction to the island and communities. The next day we had a rental jeep and knew exactly where to go on the island to further explore beaches and communities. We were able to go thru the campground houses and big community meeting hall.

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October 18, 2021

Product ID: 231882