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Martha's Vineyard: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

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Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

Martha's Vineyard: Self-Guided Audio Driving Tour

Activity provider: Action Tour Guide

From US$ 10 per person

Discover the gorgeous coastline and picture-perfect towns of Martha's Vineyard on a self-guided tour in your vehicle. Learn about the beautiful island's history through its beaches and architecture.

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Audio guide included
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Reconnect with nature as you discover the island's spectacular stretches of sand
  • Tour quaint historic villages like Edgartown and Oak Bluffs
  • Catch beachside views of a picturesque old-fashioned lighthouse
  • Snap incredible photos of the gorgeous coastline and open blue ocean
  • Hear about the hurricane that nearly wiped the island off the map
Full description

Experience the highlights of one of Massachusett's most beloved islands and popular vacation spots. Take advantage of the flexibility to set your own pace between stops during the self-guided app-based audio tour.

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app that will function as your personal guide, audio tour, and map all in one.

Begin your tour of Martha’s Vineyard right off the ferry in Vineyard Haven. As you drive along the coast, you’ll hear about the Wampanoag tribe and how the island got its unusual name.

See the characteristic architecture of past times starting with the 1876 Flying Horses Carousel. Admire the delightful pastel facades of the "gingerbread houses" in Oak Bluffs and the community's treasured Tabernacle campground. Visit a neighborhood museum to enrich your visit and find a souvenir. Next, you’ll head to Inkwell Beach, a beautiful stretch of sand with an unfortunate history. Find out how a genetic mutation resulted in Martha’s Vineyard residents creating their very own form of sign language. As you continue south, you’ll learn more about how the island fared during the tumultuous times of the American Revolution. Afterward, see the beach where Steven Spielberg filmed an iconic scene from the movie Jaws. Feel a connection with the natural world as you discover the flora and fauna of Caroline Tuthill Wildlife Preserve. Next, you’ll reach Lighthouse Beach, home to an iconic lighthouse that was originally built almost 200 years ago.

Step back in time as you pass through the quaint historic district of Edgartown. Hear about the island’s mysterious disappearing deer and the 1938 New England Hurricane, which devastated local communities.

Your tour will end in South Beach, where you will discover a placid bay and dramatic beach in the same setting.

The audio tour is curated by local guides and creative writers and is narrated by professional voice artists. Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or building interiors.

Includes
  • Self-guided tour taken via Action Tour Guide app
  • Unique password (sent by email) for access
  • Live GPS map on your phone
  • Offline functionality
  • Audio narration
  • Written text explanations
  • Route from stop to stop
  • List of stops along the route
  • Entry to paid attractions
  • Vehicle rentals
  • Food or drinks
  • Transportation
  • Parking
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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This is a self-guided experience and not an entrance ticket. It begins at The Steamship Authority Vineyard Haven Terminal, 1 Water St, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568, USA. Be sure to check your email before you begin to download the Action Tour Guide app, enter your unique password, and access your tour. These steps require good data/wifi. From there, simply follow the audio instructions and the route. Have questions? Visit Action Tour Guide’s Help page: https://actiontourguide.com/faq/

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Important information

What to bring

  • Driver's license
  • Cash
  • Charged Smartphone
  • Your own vehicle
  • Power bank

Know before you go

  • This is a self-guided tour; no guide will accompany you. The Action Tour Guide app functions as a guide, an audio tour, and a map
  • This is not an entry ticket
  • Please arrange for a vehicle before you take the tour. You only need to book one tour per vehicle, not per person
  • After the booking, you will receive an email with a link to the Action Tour Guide app and a unique password to access the tour within the app
  • This tour has been developed by local guides, curated by creative writers, and narrated by professional voice artists
  • Most stops along the tour have animated videos allowing you to visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms
  • This tour is valid forever, from the moment of booking. You will not need to change the booking if your travel plans change
Customer reviews

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4.2 /5

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These audio tours are not without glitches but it works great being on your time and pace!

September 23, 2022

August 5, 2022

Hard to get started. At stops where we get out of the car to walk, it doesn't tell you which way to go. Kept cutting off then repeating spots already seen. Better than nothing.

July 13, 2022

Product ID: 411974