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Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket offer island delights: beaches, vistas, lighthouses

Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket – just a breezy ferry ride from Cape Cod – are alive in the imaginations of visitors as islands of friendly villages, beaches, stunningly beautiful vistas, all adding up to a getaway that seems almost like a dream. Great things to do on the islands including beach walks, lighthouse visits, shopping and dining, and more offbeat stuff like public dance session and beach yoga. The summer season is clock-full of events from the starting line of the Fourth of July and its parades and picnics through harvest season.

75 Falmouth Heights Road Falmouth, MA, 02540 Phone: 508-548-4800

Getting there is more than part of the fun.

For more than 50 years, the Island Queen has been a special part of the journey to beautiful Martha’s Vineyard. Sailing out of Falmouth, MA on Cape Cod to Oak Bluffs on the Vineyard is a perfect way to spend a delicious 35 minutes on scenic Vineyard Sound. Park your car in the secure lot and climb aboard with your bicycle, kayak, paddle board and pet. Sit back and relax, read, and chat up a new friend while enjoying the sun, sky and salt air. The Island Queen runs the sea along the historic Massachusetts Coast from May through October. Reservations are not accepted. Group Bookings available for 20 or more passengers.