Spring Activities on Martha's Vineyard: A Guide to Making the Most of the Season

Daryl Perez


As the frost thaws and the vibrant hues of spring begin to bloom, Martha's Vineyard, a charming island off the coast of Massachusetts, transforms into a picturesque paradise. Known for its stunning landscapes and quaint New England character, the island offers a plethora of activities that make it an ideal springtime getaway. Here’s a guide to help you enjoy all that Martha's Vineyard has to offer in the spring. During this season, both visitors and locals can take advantage of fewer crowds and more favorable accommodation rates, enhancing the enjoyment of the island's serene beauty and abundant activities.

1. Explore the Blooming Landscapes

Polly Hill Arboretum: Visit this West Tisbury Arboretum to see magnolias, camellias, and the unique North Tisbury azaleas in full bloom. It's an excellent spot for botanical enthusiasts or anyone who enjoys a peaceful walk surrounded by lush foliage and vibrant flowers.

Manuel F. Correllus State Forest: Stretching over 5,100 acres, this state forest is a prime location for hiking and biking on its well-maintained trails. Spring is especially magical as the forest comes alive with the sounds and sights of the season.

2. Enjoy Seasonal Culinary Delights

Farmers Markets: Spring marks the beginning of farmers market season on the Vineyard. Visit the West Tisbury Farmers Market starting in June for fresh, local produce, baked goods, and artisanal crafts. It's a perfect place to gather ingredients for a picnic or a homemade dinner.

Seafood Splendor: The island’s seafood is at its peak in spring. Enjoy fresh catches like scallops, lobster, and striped bass at local restaurants such as The Net Result in Vineyard Haven or Larsen's Fish Market in Menemsha.

3. Engage in Outdoor Activities

Fishing: Spring is prime fishing season on Martha's Vineyard. Whether you prefer surfcasting off the beaches or chartering a boat for deep-sea fishing, the island offers numerous opportunities to catch fish like striped bass and bluefish.

Bird Watching: With its diverse ecosystems, the Vineyard is a hotspot for bird watching. Spring migration brings an array of bird species to the island. The Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown is a fantastic place for spotting everything from ospreys to warblers.

4. Attend Local Events and Festivals

Martha’s Vineyard Food & Wine Festival: Usually held in early June, this festival is a celebration of wine, food, and local culture. Enjoy tastings, dinners, and seminars in various locations around the island.

Porchfest: Celebrate spring in Edgartown during this fun-filled day in May. A musical event for the community, by the community, it will be a lyrical day of family, friends and fun.

5. Discover the Arts and Culture Scene

Martha's Vineyard Film Society: Check out the latest screenings and special film events happening this spring. It's a perfect evening activity for those cooler spring nights.

Art Galleries: Take a tour of the island's many galleries, featuring work by local artists. Every town offers fantastic galleries but one not to miss spot is the Arts District on Dukes County Avenue in Oak Bluffs, which is home to four galleries and several artist studios. It's also across from the Campground cottages, offering a perfect opportunity to stroll through this fun community and check out all of the Gingerbread cottages. 

6. Cycling Around the Island

Bike Tours: Rent a bike and explore the island at your own pace. There are numerous trails and scenic roadways that offer stunning ocean views and picturesque rural landscapes. Don’t miss the famous bike path that runs along the beaches from Oak Bluffs to Edgartown.

Martha’s Vineyard in spring is truly a delight for all senses. With its combination of natural beauty, rich culture, and engaging activities, it offers something for everyone. Whether you're looking for adventure, relaxation, or culinary delights, you'll find it here in the springtime. So pack your bags, grab your camera, and prepare for an unforgettable island escape!


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