Where we ate: Taqueria, no frills outdoor taco spot with beers at a former gas station. Mystic Drawbridge Ice Cream (so many options, delicious), The Engine Room (fancier), and our favorite breakfast spot: Sift Bake Shop (sit outside!) and Sea View Shack (outdoor on the river walk-up burger shack). Of course there is also the famed Mystic Pizza, from the 80’s Julia Roberts movie.
Where we shopped: The Spice and Tea Exchange, Mystic Sweetshop, Trove
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On our drive back we stopped at the Roger Williams Zoo which is huge. We could have spent more time, but after such a packed weekend we spent 2 hours and that was adequate and made for a good car nap. I highly recommend a stroller or renting one at the zoo, there are lots of hills and shady spots were hard to find in some areas. My kids did get really tired on the long walk back to the car. There are a lot of interactive exhibits in addition to just watching the animals!
Tips: Book early. Make a ferry reservation and bring a car. Do not expect to bike the island and mopeds are super dangerous on the tiny winding roads.
Each Island town is completely different! You can divide the island into two parts “Up-Island” (Chilmark, Aquinna/Gay Head, West Tisbury) and “Down-Island” (Edgartown, Oak Bluffs, Vineyard Haven/Tisbury). The down-island towns have more shopping, restaurants, night-life and hotels. The Up-island towns are quieter, have more farm lands, rolling hills, beaches and hiking trails. Here are a few of my favorite things to do on the island with the kids:
Tips: I’ve been in all seasons and the weather on almost all of my trips was not as expected (a week in July had lots of rain, a weekend in February had no snow) so be ready with contingency plans.
Tips: Book early! Plan ahead with reservations and timed entry to various activities also be sure to look at local pages for events
This is definitely a place you can visit in any season. Below are suggestions for all seasons.
Tips: Plan ahead with reservations and timed entry to various activities also be sure to look at local pages for events. There may be fees to enter various parks, all are open to the public but some charge for parking. The town and the mountains offers many events from music festivals to hot air balloons, so make sure you look!
Airbnb and VRBO are great options that will definitely make this more affordable. Ski rentals in the summer months are discounted significantly.
This is also a spot you can visit in any season, but spring, summer and fall allow you to do and see the best of the town.
Tips: Plan ahead especially in the summer as rentals and hotels book up well in advance. Parking is tricky, but having a car makes it easier to get out to the neighboring communities (Narragansett, Portsmouth, Jamestown).
Airbnb and VRBO are great options that will definitely make this more affordable.
Castle Hill Inn, Hammetts Hotel, The Vanderbilt, The Sea Breeze Inn, Samuel Durfee House
Bouchard Inn (French restaurant), Mamma Luisa, Thames Street Kitchen, Clarke Cooke House, Beech (Jamestown, RI), Mooring (Lunch), Giusto, Forty 1 North, The Dining Room @ Castle Hill Inn, Bowen’s Wharf. Travel outside of downtown and enjoy a sunset wine and cheese at the Newport Winery.