The Perfect Island Getaway

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Go whale watching with Shearwater Excursions. (Photo by Alex Perkins, Shearwater Excursions)
Go whale watching with Shearwater Excursions. (Photo by Alex Perkins, Shearwater Excursions)

With beaches, museums, restaurants and plenty of recreational activities, there’s never a dull moment on Nantucket. Whether you’re visiting the enchanting island for a romantic escape, family vacation or weekend retreat, Nantucket has something to offer visitors of all ages and interests.

Unlock History

The little island of Nantucket dates back to 1600, and has a rich history of whaling. Visitors can learn more at the Whaling Museum, where they can explore the era when Nantucket was known as the “Whaling Capitol of the World.” Also worth a stop is the Hadwen House, a 19th century whaling merchant’s mansion. The nautical theme continues at the Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum, where guests can hear about maritime rescues off the Nantucket coast. The Old Mill, the country’s oldest operating windmill, is also worth a visit.

Beach Therapy

Nantucket boasts some of the best beaches on the east coast, if not the country. There are 10 sandy beaches on the island, which are perfect for a day (or week) of rest and relaxation. Want an extra dose of fun? Take a surf lesson at Cisco Beach or go windsurfing at Jetties Beach. Enjoy a picnic with the family at Children’s Beach, or watch the boats at Brant Point.
And be sure to catch a sunset at Madaket Beach.

Catch some sun and waves at Cisco Beach. (Photo by Mike Galvin, Nantucket Chamber of Commerce)
Catch some sun and waves at Cisco Beach. (Photo by Mike Galvin, Nantucket Chamber of Commerce)

Get On Board

Get off the shore and onto the water with the wide variety of boating activities Nantucket has available. Hop aboard a whale or seal watching tour or rent a boat for the day. Get a view of the island by renting a kayak and going sightseeing as you paddle around the harbor. Or, catch some fresh dinner on a fishing charter boat. Take the wheel by learning how to sail with a boat charter or Nantucket Community Sailing.

Mark Your Calendar

Anytime is a good time to go to Nantucket, and there’s always something going on on the island. Oenophiles won’t want to miss the Nantucket Wine Festival in May, which features vintners, seminars and a special gala. On Memorial Day Weekend, visitors can head to Brant Point to watch the Figawi sailboats race into the harbor. There’s a film festival in June which highlights new and independent movies, and primetime comics descend on the island for the Nantucket Comedy Festival in July. One of the highlights of the year is the July 4th celebration, which features a water fight on Main Street and a sensational fireworks display over Jetties Beach at dusk.

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