Chappaquiddick

Chappaquiddick things to do

Most people recognize the name because of the bridge, made famous by Ted Kennedy. It is a must-see if you have an interest in the Kennedy family or if you have watched the movie, Chappaquiddick.

This small peninsula is called “Chappy” by the locals. Many activities are family-friendly such as cycling, hiking, kayaking, access to beaches, and lighthouse tours.

The Chappy Ferry will take you from Martha’s Vineyard over to this small island for reasonable roundtrip fares. Passengers are $4 per person, car and driver $13, and bike and rider are $6. In order to get around the island, you will need a vehicle or at the least, a bicycle.

Check out the Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge to see more than 500 acres facing the water in all directions and hike the many trails therein. While in the area visit the Cape Poge lighthouse from 1801.

A lovely garden and one of the main attractions is the Mytoi Japanese garden. Hugh Jones, a Chappy resident, designed and created this garden in the traditional Japanese style. It is a lovely place to walk and reflect.

A location to see one of the most dramatic erosion of land on the island is Wasque. It is located in the southeastern corner of the island and is home to acres of land and shrubbery. Lots, where cars used to be parked, are now covered by water. The Swan Pond, walkways down to the beach, and many hiking trails are also gone. It is a beautiful place to visit, however.

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Best Time to Visit: If you plan on spending the day there, arrive at the ferry early in the morning to avoid having to wait in a long line to cross over.

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