Spring on Martha's Vineyard can bring a fair amount of rain showers, so it's good to be prepared with some indoor activities during your visit. Here are our tips for things to do on a rainy day in Oak Bluffs so you can make the most of your vacation on the Vineyard. First things first: snag yourself a Back Door Donut, served at our boutique hotel Summercamp's Canteen, to cheer yourself up. You may have lost a beach day, but there are still plenty of things to do on a rainy day in Oak Bluffs. We also lend our guests umbrellas, so you can still get out and see the sights.
If you're traveling with kids (or even if you're not!), the Flying Horses Carousel is a must-see. This carousel has the distinction of being the oldest in the country, built in 1876. Originally located on Coney Island, the carousel was moved to Oak Bluffs in 1986. Adults and kids alike will love the meticulously restored horses, complete with real horsehair manes and tails. The carousel is housed inside a large wooden barn, making it a perfect rainy day activity.
Cozy up at the historic Strand Theater, opened in 1912 and restored in 2015. With one screen, seeing a movie at the Strand feels delightfully old fashioned. The theater shows new-run and indie films in a partnership with the Martha's Vineyard Film Society. Grab your popcorn at show time and wait for the rain to pass.
Throw some strikes at The Barn Bowl & Bistro, billed as "not your grandfather's bowling alley." You'll find 10 lanes of 10-in bowling, with a great kitchen and bar. We wouldn't fault you if you looked forward to a rainy day in Oak Bluffs in order to hit the lanes guilt-free. Open from 11am until 11pm, you can weather any storm at the alley with a cold one in hand.