Gay Head Lighthouse, Aquinnah

#3 of 11 in Historic Sites in Martha's Vineyard
Lighthouse · Tourist Spot
Gay Head Light is a historic lighthouse located on Martha's Vineyard westernmost point off of Lighthouse Road in Aquinnah, Massachusetts.

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  • If you’re making your light house journey around the island this one is a must see. If you’re down at the cliffs you can hit them both.  more »
  • There's a small trail to the lighthouse with great views of the cliffs. The lighthouse is nice to take pictures of. Make sure to take the trail to the beach. It's beautiful.  more »
  • First of all, this is the Aquinnah Light House. It is located in Aquinnah, named by the indigenous people who lived here hundreds of years before we stole it from them. Most of the Aquinnah area has had it's names changed back to the original. The last review mentioned going to Gay Head many times. This is definitely incorrect. I assume that, since the lighthouse was built after the indigenous, it may retain this awful name for some time to come. As far as the lighthouse itself if is a lovely one. It is still in operation, used by ships in the area in the evening. We arrived a few minutes after the lighthouse closed to visitors, so no going inside for my companion and I. We did enjoy some incredible views from the location though. Apparently the whole thing was moved back awhile ago. Because of the beach erosion in was necessary to keep it safe. Interestingly enough, they only moved it 20 feet from the old location. It just struck me odd that such an effort was made to only move it a little bit. It is definitely worth checking out if you are in Aquinnah. If you are visiting during the summer or early fall be sure and stick around until the sun goes down. That way you can watch the lighthouse in action. As it turns it goes from red to white with each half rotation.
  • I've been to Gay Head many a times but I have never been inside the Lighthouse. It was such a cool experience, not to mention the great view. The women who work at the Lighthouse are absolutely lovely. We had a nice chat before and after our visit. Add this to your list.
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