Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs - Oak Bulffs is known the world over for its "gingerbread houses", built on the site of the original Methodist summer camp meetings in the 1800's. Today the Tabernacle and many beautiful gingerbread-style cottages are located in the area known as the Campgrounds. "Illumination Night", when all of the cottages light japanese lanterns throughout the campgrounds, is one of the Oak Bluffs Fireworks over the gazebo in late August (photo by Peter Simon)most popular events.

Oak Bluffs is also home to the "Flying Horses" carousel, the oldest operating carousel in the United States. Its horses were hand-carved in 1876 and the manes and tails are made of real horse hair. Each horse has a unique name, and choosing your favorite is half the fun.

Oak Bluffs' Ocean Park is among the town's big attractions. Concerts are regularly held in the gazebo during the summer months, and the August fireworks held by the park are fabulous.

The main streets of Oak Bluffs are lined with arcades, shops, and restaurants. Oak Bluffs is one of two ports on Martha's Vineyard where the Steamship Authority docks, however, Oak Bluffs is not used in the off-season.