While Martha’s Vineyard is known for its beaches and summer time fun, there are plenty of things to do on the island year round! Martha’s Vineyard in the off season let’s you avoid the rush of summer tourists, and offers a very quiet and relaxed setting, as long as you don’t mind swimming in the ocean being off the table. So, what’s happening on the island this March? Let’s take a look at four of our favorite activities happening on the island next month.
Felix Neck Winter Vacation Program: Nature Heroes
Kicking off the month of March is a great family-friendly activity if you’re traveling to Martha’s Vineyard with your children. The Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary has been a mainstay on Martha’s Vineyard for decades when it comes to learning about nature on the island. At this event taking place on March 1st, younger kids will be outdoors on a guided session to search for tracks and signs of creatures and learn how different animals survive the winter season on Martha’s Vineyard. Check out the event website for more information on how to sign up.
Puff Pastry for Beginners Class at the FARM Institute
Is there anything better than a hot and fresh puff pastry? As things start to quiet down, on the evening of March 10th in Edgartown, attendees will learn the basics of puff pastry dough in this hands-on class with Melissa Ruttan, head baker at The Grey Barn and Farm. You’ll get all of the details on which ingredients to use and their functions, lamination of the dough, as well as shaping different forms - and of course, there will be a sampling of Grey Barn and Farm pastries for you to taste. Get more information on this event here.
Chappaquiddick Winter Beach Safari
Closeout winter 2022 the right way by exploring Chappaquiddick’s only wildlife refuge! Attendees will trek the barrier beach and watch the winter wildlife, and if you’re lucky you could even see the elusive snowy owl. Chappaquiddick is a rarer island destination since it requires taking another small ferry once you’re on the island, but the added tranquility that comes with the off-season on Martha’s Vineyard make this one a can’t miss opportunity. Go to the trustees website for online registration.
Science on Screen: The Loneliest Whale
Everyone loves a good thriller or the latest action-packed Marvel movie, but on March 22nd at the Martha’s Vineyard Film Center attendees can learn about ocean life on the big screen. There will be a free screening of The Loneliest Whale: The Search for 52 which chronicles the quest for the "52 Hertz Whale," which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale. Additionally, before the start of the film marine biologist Aran Mooney from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute will give a presentation entitled “Marine Mammal Hearing: the importance of sound and their sensitivity to noise.” Best of all the whole event is free to attendees as long as they register in advance.
We’ve only scratched the surface of the fun activities waiting for you on Martha’s Vineyard in March. If you’re planning a trip to the island make sure to check out our variety of vacation rentals or reach out to us directly for any questions about the best places to stay on Martha’s Vineyard!