Historic town, plenty of beaches, comfortable weather
Crowded and expensive in high season
Worth a visit once to say you've been.
The Maria Mitchell Observatory has public astronomy lectures and star viewing on clear Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights in the summer between 9PM and 10:30 PM. The program consists of a lecture by an astronomer about the seasonal constellations, stars and planets, followed by a chance for everyone to look through a telescope at one of the things...more
The Maria Mitchell Association is a non-profit organization on Nantucket dedicated to promoting science education. One of the facilities that it operates is a small aquarium located along the waterfront in the town of Nantucket. The aquarium is great for small children because it allows them to touch many of the sea creatures, including horseshoe...more
Madaket is the small town at the western end of Nantucket Island. It is a very quiet town, with almost no commercial businesses. We like to go there because its beach is almost always empty, and is a nice quiet place to read a book, look for seashells, and help Anna build sand castles. There are almost no waves at this end of the island, and the...more
Main Street is the heart of the historic town of Nantucket. It is a bumpy cobblestone street that begins at the waterfront and runs toward the center of the island. The first few blocks of Main Street are lined with shops, galleries, and real estate offices (unfortunately, every year seems to bring more galleries and real estate offices and fewer...more
My family and I found the greatest thing, it's called Nantucket Adventures. These guys take you on a seal encounter cruise out to Muskeget Island. I though it would be fun for the kids but I must admit, I loved it and my wife loved it too. It was pretty amazing. The boat they use was built just to go out and see the seals. The seals get so close...more
Every time we go to Nantucket we rent a Jeep and drive on the beach to Great Point unbelievable swimming , fishing and sunsets.Best family activity on Nantucket.We always rent from Nantucket Island Rent-A-Car at the airport, the staff is so friendly and helpful we would rent from no other place.Give them a try!more
The First Congregational Church is one of the oldest and largest churches on Nantucket. The church's interior is fairly plain, in traditional New England style. Church services are held on Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings.The highlight of a visit to the church is the climb up the stairs of its belltower to a room at the top that offers one of...more
Surfside Beach is one of the more popular beaches on Nantucket. It is located on the island's southern coast, between the airport and Madaket. Surfside is a nice long and wide sand beach, with plenty of room to spread out. Older kids like surfside because of the big waves that it gets and because its water is deep enough for swimming. However, you...more
I planned a surprise anniversary trip (and our vacation) to Nantucket this summer. It was towards...more
Very conveniently located, near the Whaling museum. Nice back garden with sun loungers and patio...more
Upon arrival at Safe Harbor, I was greeted by Lisa (the innkeeper) who immediately made me feel at...more
Nantucket is the place to get fresh seafood. People fish here, and that fish is about as fresh as you can get. It's cheaper and just as good to do it yourself if at all possible.
Favorite Dish: I whipped up some fresh mussels in a wine and garlic broth, my oh my, was that tasty.
The cheapest way to get to Nantucket island is to drive to Hyannis, a town located on Cape Cod in Massachusetts, and then take a ferry boat over to Nantucket. There are two companies that offer ferry boat services to Nantucket from Hyannis: the Steamship Authority and the Hy-Line. Each company offers two types of boats - a slow ferry that takes...more
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Nantucket Bookworks is a small independent bookstore in downtown Nantucket that we always enjoy visiting. It has separate sections for children, teenagers and adults. In addition to books, the shop also sells cards, games, and puzzles. It's a fun place to to buy things to do on a rainy day.more
The Toy Boat is a cute little toy store located in the complex of shops along the Nantucket waterfront. It has a good mix of contemporary and old-fashioned toys for boys and girls, and is a great place to stop if your child forgot to pack enough toys for the vacation. The people in the shop were very helpful and patient as Anna pondered her choices...more
Locals and visitors alike make their way to the bean all year long for the Best of the Cape and Islands (Cape Cod Magazine) Coffee Shop. Nantucket Coffee Roasters showcases world class specialty coffee at the bean on 29 Centre St. There are few places on the east coast who take coffee as seriously as the bean. Pay ommage!
The town of Nantucket can get very crowded with cars during July and August. As a result, you will often have to spend a while driving around before finding a parking space. Also, its one-way streets can often add to the frustration when you are driving through town. If renting a car on Nantucket, rent something smaller - it will make your life...more
I know I mentioned a couple times that getting around by bicycle can be easier than driving. And while this can certainly be true, do beware that some of the roads crisscrossing the island are narrow and do not have shoulders, bike lanes, or sidewalks, which can make it somewhat dangerous to ride a bike there. Just exercise some extra caution and...more
Seconds after pulling in on a patch of dirt to park for the ferry, someone will appear asking for $15 to park for the day. A cab might be cheaper. In any case no one warned us about this "expense."
Fun Alternatives: Take a cab
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Favorite thing: Rosa rugosa, which thrives in the sandy soil and sea air, is everywhere on the island. In the fall the plants are covered with fat red hips, which can be made into a delightful jelly.