227 Upper Main St., Edgartown, MA, US, 02539
- Phone: (508)627-5161
- Fax: (508) 627-3444
Wind's up, surf's up, sail's up, you name it, they've got it. This shop sells everything from waterproof watches to snorkel gear. Their motto is, "If it's for the water or the beach, chances are we have it." Indeed they do. In addition to sale items, you can lease a kayak, sailboat, canoe, body board, surf board, and wet suit. Enjoy the water vehicle of your choice by hour, day or week. Lessons are also taught in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.
Established in 1926 and designed by Cornelius Lee, the Edgartown Golf Club is a private link. The 18-hole course has many slopes making it ideal to any player while offering magnificent views of the Vineyard Sound. The golf club features a pro shop, clubhouse and a practice area. There is also training provided for those who want to learn the game. It also hosts yearly golf tournaments which is open for all.
A welcome refuge on a rainy day, this library offers Internet access in addition to the expected books and tapes. There is an active children's program, including story time for pre-schoolers, with times that vary with the season. Library cards are free for Massachusetts' residents; there is a nominal charge for out of state residents. Other services available to the public are a fax machine, a copy machine and "mainland" newspapers for those who need their New York Times fix.
A perfect spot on a rainy day, the library boasts an extensive collection of books, reference materials, compact discs and audio and videotapes. You can also get access to the Internet, use a personal computer, or dig into the island's fascinating history, a library specialty. There is a children's room and a play area for toddlers. Residents of Massachusetts get free library cards, all others are asked to pay a nominal fee.
Chilmark Library opened on December 15, 1882 with 33 books for rent for three cents a week. Today, it boasts over 30,000 books, as well as magazines, tapes, compact discs and audio-visual materials. Residents of Massachusetts get free library cards, all others are asked to pay a nominal fee. The library presents story time from September-June at 10:30a on Saturdays for children age three and up. Various arts and crafts seminars and classes are also held throughout the year, call for details.
Focused solely on local waters, this small but impressive aquarium has been delighting visitors since 1871. Kids especially love the "touch tank," where they can reach into tide pools filled with starfish and sea cucumbers. Other displays include sea turtles, lobster and wolffish. A special exhibit shows the effect of plastic trash on marine life. Two harbor seals have taken up residence in an outdoor pool and are a star attraction. The aquarium is operated by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Made up of 2500 acres of marshlands, open water, barrier beaches, trout streams, watersheds and uplands, with 11 wilderness campsites and several walking tours, the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Reserve makes for a great day trip. Other park activities include swimming, shell fishing, canoeing, kayaking and even restricted hunting on Washburn Island, which is accessible only by boat. The reserve also includes the 500-acre South Cape Beach State Park.
Designed to combine fun with learning, the displays at this museum are educational and interactive. A puppet theatre, planetarium, Dress-Up Castle, submarine and train are open for exploration. The highlight is a 30-foot pirate ship where children can imagine themselves riding the high seas. Special programs include holiday parties, cooking classes, crafts and workshops with unusual themes such as "All About Cranberries." Admission: $6 ages 5-59, $5 ages 1-4 & 60+.