Martha’s Vineyard Custom Tours
Why not try our Martha’s Vineyard Custom Tours? Allow our knowledgeable Martha’s Vineyard staff to plan your custom tour. Choose from our famous Jaws Tour, African American Heritage Tour; Cliffs, Lunch & Shop; Down-Island Lunch & Shop; Beach Walk Tour, Field & Farm Tour, Vineyard Family Tour, Vineyard Galleries Tour…or anything else that will make your Vineyard experience memorable for YOU!
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What better way to experience Martha’s Vineyard – take a Jaws tour with us and you will have access to many of the films’ locations You will hear many non-published stories about the filming, the actors as well as being able to stop to take photos. Your guide was an extra in the movie and was invited on set to watch the filming! The Jaws bridge is one of the top 5 attractions on the island and your guide always has 4 beach towels in the van if anyone wants to jump the bridge! Doesn’t get much better than this.
- Although the movie is set in midsummer, producers began filming in early May 1974 to avoid an actors’ strike that was scheduled to begin July 1.
- Jaws was marred with so many technical problems that the originally scheduled 55-65 day shoot ballooned into 159 days, not counting post-production.
- Most highly anticipated movies were released around Christmastime, back then, but Spielberg took so long filming that the movie had a summer release date, which was traditionally reserved for low-end movies.
- Townspeople of Martha’s Vineyard were paid $64 each for playing extras who ran across the beach and screamed during the shark attack scene.
- filmed at the Great barrier reef after Vineyard filming was completed
African American Heritage Tour
Experience the rich African American history of Martha’s Vineyard. Your experienced tour guide will talk about the graveyard and the formation of the NAACP on MV, as well as the connection between the Vineyard’s Grace Church and the one in Mississippi. At North Road, you will hear about Rebecca Amos, her daughter Nancy, and great grandson William Martin. In Menemsha, you’ll hear about the Wampanoag’s helping slaves escape. And in Edgartown you will hear more about Nancy and William Martin, and the Chappaquiddick Plantation. And finally, the Overton House, and its connection to the Civil Rights movement.
Your African American Heritage tour includes driving by and/or stopping:
- Cottager’s Corner
- the Tivoli (which used to be Aunt Georgia’s)
- Bradley Square Memorial Church
- Bunny Cottage,
- Dorothy West house
- Coleman Corners
- Shearer Cottage.
3-Hour Cliffs, Shop & Lunch
Known for our eclectic and diverse boutiques (no chains or big box stores here!), experience the shopping delight of Martha’s Vineyard. Includes 1½ hour narrated drive from Oak Bluffs to Aquinnah. Your experienced tour guide will drive you through the scenic up-Island country-side, passing through the historic farming towns of West Tisbury and Chilmark. Throughout your drive, you’ll catch glimpses of centuries old stone walls, views to the Atlantic shoreline, grazing livestock, rolling hills and historic homesteads, as you make your way to the breathtaking multi-colored clay cliffs of Aquinnah (Gay Head). Once in Aquinnah you will have 15 minutes to take pictures of the impressive light house and 180 views of the Elizabeth Island and shop in the Wampanoag Native American shops. Then on to Edgartown, for shopping & lunch, completing your tour with a scenic narrated ride along the shore line, over bridge used in the filming of the movie Jaws, as you return to Oak Bluffs
3 Hour Down Island Port Towns Shop and Lunch Tour:
Experience Martha’s Vineyard shopping at its best with this multi-town stop. Begin in Oak Bluff travel past the gingerbread cottages and East chop light house as you make your way over to our year-round port of Vineyard Haven where you will have a 30-minute stop to shop, then it’s on to Edgartown where you will have an 1 ½ hour stop for shopping and lunch. Complete your tour with a scenic narrated ride along the shore line, over the “jumping” (kids of all ages love to jump!) bridge used in the filming of the movie Jaws, as you return to Oak Bluffs where you can round out the rest of your day. Narrated drive with history
Martha’s Vineyard Farm & Field Tour
With over 40 farms on Martha’s Vineyard, here is a wonderful opportunity to learn firsthand about agriculture on the Vineyard. Your tour may include stops at the following farms:
- Morning Glory
- Mermaid Farm
- Alpaca Farm
- Allen Sheep Farm
- Ghost Farm
- Orange Peel Bakery
Martha’s Vineyard Family Tour
Experience Martha’s Vineyard through the eyes of a child with our Vineyard Family Tour. Fun stops may include:
- Flying Horses
- Alpaca Farm
- Farm Institute
- Katama Air Field
- Oak Bluffs Campgrounds/Cottages
Martha’s Vineyard Gallery Tour
Martha’s Vineyard is known for its artists and their work. This tour provides you an opportunity to view (and perhaps buy), a wide range of galleries, that may include:
- The Granary
- The Field Gallery
- Peter Simon
- Cousin Rose
- Alison Shaw
- Eisenhauer Gallery
- Old Sculpin Gallery
Beach Walk Tour
What better way to experience Martha’s Vineyard than walking some of most beautiful beaches! Join us as we take you for a stroll on some of our unique and beautiful beaches. Feel the sand between your toes-discover shells and beach glass. Relax and unwind as we share some of the interesting history of the beach. Bring a snack if you like and have a picnic. Beaches may include:
- Aquinnah Beach
- Menemsha Beach
- Lobsterville Beach
- Edgartown Lighthouse Beach
- Bend-in-the-Road Beach
- South Beach
- Inkwell Beach
Jaws Bridge Beach
Chilmark Flea Market Tour
Enjoy a custom Island tour that includes a 1-hour (or more) stop at the Chilmak Flea Market
The oldest outdoor venue on the island, the “Flea” has evolved into a market like no other. High quality hand made items from Vineyard artists and craftsmen, antiques, imports, and vintage finds. Come and stroll the open air market nestled in a green dell off a quaint country road. Enjoy fantastic flea market finds, and stay for lunch, with delectable goods from the Scottish Bakehouse.
This tour is available Wednesdays and Saturdays, from June 23rd to -September 1st, between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
West Tisbury Farmers Market Tour
Experience a custom Island tour that includes a 1-hour (or more) stop at the West Tisbury Farmer Market.
Outdoor farmers market features locally grown produce and meat and locally made products.
The market is dedicated to bringing local agricultural products to the people both living on and visiting the Island. The market was started in 1974 by a group of Island growers.
This tour is available between 1am-1pm, on Saturdays, beginning June 9th and ending October 6th, and on Wednesdays beginning June 27th through Aug 29.