Visiting Island Alpaca
Hours 2013:GPS Coordinates: 41 d 25'23.09" N 70 d 36'22.12" W elev 13 m
Summer: Open daily, 10 am to 5 pm
Fall: Open daily, 10 am to 4 pm
Winter/Spring: Open daily, 10 am to 4 pm
Special note: Farm may open earlier and close later by chance.
$5 pp admission from May to October 29
$5 pp suggested donation from October 29 to May 20.
You may also click to view our Workshop and Event Calendar for current schedule. Other hours available by appointment, please call. Open Rain or Shine! Click here for for current island weather.
Visiting by Car:
Island Alpaca is located just south of Cape Cod, on the Island of Martha's Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts. We are just 2 miles from the Vineyard Haven Steamship Authority Ferry, and the Fast Ferry and 4-1/2 miles from the Oak Bluffs Steamship Authority Ferry, and the Patriot Ferry in Falmouth. For Ferry travel information visit the Steamship Authority website. To sign up for Bourne and Sagamore bridge-work alerts click here. More information on travel to the island below.
From Up Island: From West Tisbury/Edgartown Road, take the first left past the airport onto Barnes Road. At the 4-way intersection turn left. Travel 2/10 of a mile and turn left onto Head of the Pond Road. Entrance is the first drive on the left (Look for Alpaca Avenue.)*
From Vineyard Haven: From State Road take Edg-VH Road. Travel 2 miles and turn right onto Head of the Pond Road. Entrance is the first drive on the left (Look for Alpaca Avenue.) Warning: Do not take a left onto Head of Pond Road.*
From Oak Bluffs: From the start of Circuit Avenue, travel appx. 4 miles, (road turns into Barnes Road). At the 4-way blinking light turn right onto Edg-Vh Road . Travel 2/10 of a mile and turn left onto Head of the Pond Road. Entrance is the first drive on the left (Look for Alpaca Avenue.)*
From Edgartown: From the start of Triangle in Edgartown, travel along Edg/VH Road appx. 4 miles. After the 4-way blinking light, stop, and go straight, 2/10 of a mile and turn left onto Head of the Pond Road. Entrance is the first drive on the left (Look for Alpaca Avenue.)*
*Park, and follow the alpaca signs to the barn. SPECIAL NOTE: If snow or icy conditions exist please park at the second entrance at the barn. Please leave all pets at home or in your car, with the windows open!
Visiting by Bus:
(It's easy, economical and environmentally friendly!)
By Bus: Island Alpaca is easily reached by Vineyard Transit Bus Route #1 from Vineyard Haven, or Bus Route #7 or #9 from Oak Bluffs. (Our location is where the #1 appears on the #1 Bus Route Map)Special Note: Image below shows incorrect name of the road. The correct name is Head of the Pond Road. Please be forewarned that a GPS may send you to the wrong street, one mile away, towards Vineyard Haven, on the opposite side of Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road.
Take the following routes:
From Vineyard Haven: Take the #1 bus, and ask to get off at Head of the Pond Road, just before the 4-way blinker... Walk down Head of the Pond Road, and take the first left-- just one minute away
From Edgartown: Take the #1 bus, and ask to get off at Head of the Pond Road, just after the 4-way blinker... Walk down Head of the Pond Road, and take the first left-- just one minute away
From Oak Bluffs: Take the #7 or #9 bus, and ask to get off at the 4-way blinker at the intersection of Barnes Road, and Edgartown/Vineyard Haven Road. Walk in the direction of Vineyard Haven on the Edg/VH road, and you will find Head of the Pond Road as the first left walking 2/10ths on the the left.
Looking for something to do in addition to Island Alpaca Farm? Our Farm and Farm homes are close to many great attractions, activities, and areas of interest. Below are a few of our favorite things to do and places to go on the island.
Please tell the following businesses that Island Alpaca sent you!!
South Beach (Katama) is three miles of barrier beach on the South Shore at the end of Katama Road. Fine surf on one side, protected salt-pond on the other is open to all. If you are looking for looking for a more family-friendly beach, check out State Beach in Oak Bluffs. Explore other beautiful beaches on the island.
The Flying Horses Carousel
You don't have to be a kid to enjoy the oldest working carousel in the country. The challenge lies in reaching out to get a brass ring that entitles the winner to a free ride. There is also an arcade to keep the kids busy on a rainy afternoon.
Phone (508) 693-9481 | Address: 33 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs
Nestled within the center of town of Oak Bluffs are over 180 small cottages. Take a stroll through town and see the intricate homes that are well-preserved.
The Gay Head & East Chop Lighthouses are over 130 years old and represent two of the five lighthouses, all functional and meticulously maintained with tours available. For more information visit Martha's Vineyard Museums
Gay Head/Aquinnah Cliffs
A trip to the cliffs is surely a treat on nice days, where you can see the multi-colored clay cliffs. You can see views of the Elizabeth Islands and towns as far away as Newport, Rhode Island are visible to the naked eye.
Island Alpaca is open daily, rain or shine, and is fun for all ages. Learn more about these extraordinary animals, take a self-guided walking tour, and watch an informative video-presentation. For only $5 per person, it is a great place to bring the kids!
Here are some of our favorite and the most popular places to eat on the island:
39 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven | (508) 693-1224
22 North Water Street, Edgartown | (508) 627-5187
31 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs | (508) 693-7501
and 266 Upper Main Street, Edgartown | (508) 627-6565
Edgartown | (508) 693-0184
The Net Result
Tisbury Marketplace, 79 Beach Road, Vineyard Haven | (508) 693-6071
For Ice Cream:
12 Circuit Avenue, Oak Bluffs | (508) 693-9151 | Also Locations in Vineyard Haven and Edgartown.
Things to Do:
Trustees of Reservations Natural History Tours
The Trustees, a statewide land-conservation group, offers several fascinating 2 1/2-hour tours by safari vehicle or canoe around this idyllic nature preserve. The Natural History kayak tour on Poucha Pond and Cape Poge Bay is designed for all levels. There's also a tour of the Cape Poge lighthouse The trustees also offer 1 1/2-hour kayak tours around Long Point.
Location: Chappaquiddick Island | Phone: (508) 693-7392
In an intimate (112-seat) black-box theater, professionals put on a rich season of favorites and challenging new work, followed, on summer weekends, by musical or comedic cabaret in the gallery/lounge. Children's theater selections are performed on Saturdays at 10am. Townspeople often get involved in the outdoor Shakespeare production.
Location: 24 Church St, Vineyard Haven | Phone: (508) 696-6300
Martha's Vineyard Film Society, Inc.
Established in 2002 by Richard Paradise, the Film Society is member-funded arts organization dedicated to screening the best in independent films, movie classics, documentaries, and world cinema for diverse audiences of all ages throughout the calendar year, at various screening venues around the island. The Society also presents film-related speakers, educational programs and special events to enhance this main mission and increase the public's appreciation of fine cinema in all its forms.
Farm Neck Golf Course is the only 18-hole public golf course on Martha's Vineyard, located less than five miles from our home. It features 6,807 meticulously-landscaped lawns.
Location: 1 Farm Neck Way, Oak Bluffs | Phone: (508) 693-3057
For fun for the whole family Island Cove Mini Golf a perfect place for a night of fun with the kids. Location: State Rd., Vineyard Haven | Phone: (508) 693-2611
Take advantage of the bike trails on the island by renting bikes through Five Corners Bike Shop, where they have a selection for the whole family
Location: 4 Lagoon Pond Rd, Vineyard Haven | Phone: (508) 693-6593
An Oak Bluffs, charter boat is Skipper/Vineyard Sound Charters, who take groups of up to 40 on fishing trips - good for first-timers or those who are more experienced.
Location: On the bulkhead near the Island Queen, Oak Bluffs | Phone: 508-693-1238.
A catamaran, the Mad Max Sailing Adventures, offers varied experiences for everyone.
Location: 25 Dock Street, Edgartown | Phone: (508) 627-7500
Take a scenic tour of the island from above! Daily tours year-round, Sunrise to Sunset in a Cessna 172N, Vineyard Flyer with Mike Shabazian, 508-317-0107.
Feel the wind in your hair, and enjoy the Vineyard scenery as never before, in Classic Aviators, Biplane. Strap on your leather cap and goggles and take a flight into yesteryear, with Mike Creato, 508-627-7677
While there are few Movie Theaters on the island, they offer something fun to do on a rainy day or weekday night. Call Entertainment Cinemas for the recording or whats playing this week. Check out Entertainment Cinemas!
Location: 65 Main Street, Edgartown | Phone: (508) 627-8008
or Capawock Theater
Loation: Main Street, Vineyard Haven | Phone: (508) 627-MOVY
There are a variety of different locations to take in some of the nightlife entertainment on the island. Here are three of our favorites, but check out more here.
Offshore Ale Company (best pub for local beer)
Location: 30 Kennebec Ave, Oak Bluffs | Phone: (508) 293-2626
The Newes from America (cozy comfort)
Location: 23 Kelly St, Edgartown | Phone: (508) 627-4397
Nectars (best for live music)
Location: 17 Airport Road, Edgartown | Phone: (508) 693-1137
Sharky's Cantina (best for Mexican)
Location: 31 Circuit Ave, Oak Bluffs | Phone: (508) 693-7501
Please tell the businesses that Island Alpaca sent you!!
Traveling to the Island:
Arriving on Martha's Vineyard By Ferry
The Steamship Authority:SSA Ferry Schedules: Q2-2009. Woods Hole to Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs, Year-round, Passengers & Cars, 45 minute trip. The Steamship Authority provides the only year-round passenger and vehicle ferry service to the island of Martha's Vineyard. On Martha's Vineyard call: 508.693.9130
Address: Railroad Avenue, Woods Hole, MA
Martha's Vineyard Fast Ferry-The largest, most luxurious fast ferry to Martha's Vineyard. Departing from Quonset Point, Rhode Island, it is the most convenient and time-saving way to travel to Martha's Vineyard! The closest Martha's Vineyard ferry to CT, NY, NJ & Western MA. Also Providence Airport & Amtrak Shuttle Service, dockside parking & advance reservations.
Address: 1347 Roger Williams Way, North Kingstown, RI
MV Express Ferry-New England Fast Ferry-New Bedford to Martha's Vineyard in JUST ONE HOUR! Year round, sleek catamaran ferry service. Conveniently located, economical day and overnight parking. Frequent daily departures, online ticketing.
Address: State Pier, Vineyard Haven, Oak Bluffs., MA
Telephone: 866.MVFERRY or 866.683.3779
Hy-Line Cruises. High-Speed ferry service from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs in 50 minutes, April through November. Traditional service from Hyannis to Oak Bluffs seasonally, May through October. Inter-Island service from Oak Bluffs to Nantucket, June through September. Passenger-only.
Address: 36 Ocean Street, Hyannis, MA
Island Queen-Falmouth to Oak Bluffs, May-October, -Passengers Only, 35 minute trip,-The Island Queen is the only cruise ship sailing regularly from Falmouth Harbor to Oak Bluffs, centrally located, easy to get to, and with no hassle for parking.
Address: 5 Falmouth Heights Rd, Falmouth, MA
Falmouth Edgartown Ferry Service-Falmouth Edgartown Ferry "The Pied Piper" and "Sandpiper" are the only scheduled vessels from Falmouth to Edgartown and are operational from May through October. The 50 minutes trip brings visitors to the municipal wharf next to the Chappy Ferry in Edgartown's waterfront. Valet parking service is available at the Falmouth dock. Book reservations online, charters available.
Address: 278 Scranton Avenue, Falmouth, MA
Patriot Party Boats. MV Water Shuttle between Falmouth-Oak Bluffs. Late night water taxi.
Address: Oak Bluffs Harbor, Oak Bluffs, MA
Arriving on Martha's Vineyard By Airplane
Cape Air-Be there in minutes. Daily, year-round flights from Boston, Hyannis, New Bedford, Martha's Vineyard, Nantucket and Providence, Rhode Island. New seasonal non-stop service from New York. Discounts available for seniors and children. Voted Martha's Vineyard's favorite airline.
Address: 660 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, MA
Toll Free: 800.352.0714
Eagle Air- Year round charter flights to Martha's Vineyard from any airport in the country.
Address: MV Airport, 02575, MA
Martha's Vineyard Airport-Address: 71 Airport Road, Vineyard Haven, MA. -Telephone: 508.693.7022