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Island Destinations in Massachusetts

Spend your summer vacationing along the New England coast and head to one of the many island destinations in Massachusetts. Whether you are a first timer or if you return annually, there is something new to discover on these magical islands. Martha’s Vineyard, located seven miles off the coast of Massachusetts, is considered to be the largest island not attached to mainland. Visitors can hop on a ferry to the island or fly into the island’s two airports. As on of the biggest summer destinations in New England, expect some fun in the sun lounging on beaches, dining, shopping and enjoying the views.  Nantucket is southeast of Martha’s Vineyard, and although smaller in size, the things to do are endless. Whether enjoying the great outdoors or savoring the fresh seafood, Nantucket is a destination all on its own. Located on the outer edge of Buzzards Bay, Castle Island combines both recreation and history. Enjoy the islands sandy beaches or walk around Fort Independence, which served as an armory during the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, and World War II. Boston Harbor Island National Recreation Area is a perfect place to visit for lush hiking trails, tide pools, and numerous outdoor activities. Swim, boat, fish, and enjoy theater under the stars, all easily accessible by a quick ferry ride from the Boston Harbor.

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

This recreational area covers 34 islands in the Boston Harbor and offers access to the Civil War-era Fort Andrews, lush hiking trails, tide pools, and numerous outdoor activities.

Accessible only by boat or quick ferry from downtown Boston, the Islands features pastimes like fort exploring, fishing, swimming, boat cruises, biking, and theater performances under the stars in the summer.

On the mainland, visitors are free to access four peninsula areas by automobile in and around the Greater Boston area.

Martha's Vineyard

Martha's Vineyard, located south of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is the largest island on the east coast not connected to mainland. Known to be a summer tourist destination, The Vineyard's population grows to five times what it is during the winter. Travelers to the island can depart on an airplane or via a ferry from Woods Hole, New Bedford, Falmouth, Hyannis and Quonset Point, Rhode Island.

Be prepared to have fun upon arriving to the island. Whether relaxing on one of the many beaches, shopping, dining, bicycle riding, boating or visiting one of the five lighthouses on the island, there is plenty to do. Notable attractions include Martha's Vineyard Shipyard, in Vineyard Haven, the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs and the Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary in Edgartown. Stay close to the action with Best Western hotels in nearby North Dartmouth, while enjoying your time on this special island.