Edgartown Harbor Light: Martha's Vineyard has five lighthouses, but the visitor experience at this one gets high marks. The current cast iron structure has shown the way into Edgartown Harbor since 1938. A spiral staircase leads to the light room, where you'll get panoramic views of the harbor and neighboring Chappaquiddick Island. It's open weekends from May to October and also weekdays in July and August. While in Edgartown, take a leisurely stroll along the streets of the island's oldest settlement. Stately Greek Revival and Federal-style homes date to the 1800s and earlier. (121 North Water Street)

Flying Horses: If you have young ones in tow, a must-see attraction is the Flying Horses, an 1876 carousel relocated in 1884 from New York's Coney Island to the waterfront in Oak Bluffs. Take a spin and make a grab for the brass ring. (33 Lake Avenue, Oak Bluffs; open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)