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Nantucket, MA
Travel Guide

Unspoiled beaches, picturesque lighthouses, and expensive restaurants and hotels make this Massachusetts island the perfect place to relax and unwind.

Nantucket combines picturesque beauty and a relaxed, coastal atmosphere, with elegant cocktail bars and restaurants.

Make getting around Nantucket part of your experience. Hire a bicycle from one of the rental shops dotted around the island. The terrain is flat, and there are 29 miles (47 kilometers) of bicycle paths around the island. The Wave, a seasonal bus service, covers major routes.

Most of Nantucket’s beaches are suitable for sunbathing and long sunset strolls, but each of the three shorelines have something different to offer. For families with kids, head to the gentle surf at North Shore.

The East Shore has more isolated stretches of coast and inner-harbor beaches, while on the South Coast, the waves are bigger, and the beaches are busier.

To get closer to Nantucket’s marine life, take one of the seal or whale tours from the Town Pier downtown. You can discover more about whales and the whaling history of the area at the Whaling Museum on Broad Street.

As well as beautiful beaches, Nantucket offers a great wealth of history. Jethro Coffin House is the oldest house on Nantucket and dates back to the 17th century. History buffs will also want to pay a visit to Nantucket Windmill, which was constructed in 1745-6 by local carpenter Nathan Wilbur. Try to see at least one of Nantucket’s three historical lighthouses as well.

The island is most commonly a summer destination. Its mild summer attracts many tourists, sometimes swelling the population five-fold. For such a small island, Nantucket has many fine-dining restaurants, and dining out is a popular pastime. A visit out of season will allow more peace and quiet, but many attractions and shops won’t be open.

Summer is also when you’ll find an ongoing schedule of events, including the Dance Festival, Sandcastle and Sculpture Day, an Arts Festival, and Independence Day fireworks. On Saturday mornings, wander downtown to visit the Nantucket Farmers & Artisans Market which showcases the wares of different island producers and artists.

Where to stay in Nantucket

White Elephant Hotel
White Elephant Hotel
4.5 out of 5
50 Easton Street, Nantucket, MA
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Located in Nantucket Town, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Children's Beach, White Heron Theatre, and Whaling Museum. First Congregational Church ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (149 reviews)
Love the Elephant!

"Fantastic hotel. It in an amazing location, has incredibly comfortable bed, very clean rooms, and the staff is absolutely wonderful. Everyone was kind and went out of their way to provide us with anything we needed/wanted."…"

Reviewed on Nov 30, 2020

White Elephant Hotel
Hotel Pippa
Hotel Pippa
3.5 out of 5
5 Chestnut Street, Nantucket, MA
The price is $169 per night from Mar 10 to Mar 11

Located in Nantucket Town, this hotel is steps from Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, Nantucket Atheneum, and Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center. Whaling ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (71 reviews)
Great boutique hotel

"Cute hotel easy located in town so easy walk to many places. Great staff, very knowledgeable! Breakfasts were very good. Also had drinks and snacks available later which were all tasty!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Hotel Pippa
Jared Coffin House
Jared Coffin House
4 out of 5
29 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA
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Located in Nantucket Town, this romantic bed & breakfast is steps from First Congregational Church, Whaling Museum, and Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Nantucket ...

4.4/5Excellent! (298 reviews)
Love the location, excellent service, thin walls!

"We stayed in the Jared Coffin house 20 years ago and staying in it now was still a treat. The service is excellent, the location very near the action without all the noise and the rooms tidy, with air conditioning and newer bathrooms. We only have two issues, the walls are thin, we could hear the ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2020

Jared Coffin House
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Harborview Nantucket
Harborview Nantucket
4 out of 5
24 Washington Street, Nantucket, MA

Located in Nantucket Town, this beachfront cottage is in the city center and within a 5-minute walk of Maria Mitchell Aquarium, Dreamland Film and Performing ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Very relaxing and friendly in a relaxing environment with great views. Room service, gym etc...would be a bonus"…"

Reviewed on Oct 28, 2018

Harborview Nantucket
Dog-friendly Home With Central AC, Wifi & Laundry - Near Beaches & Town!
Dog-friendly Home With Central AC, Wifi & Laundry - Near Beaches & Town!
Nantucket, MA

Located in the heart of Nantucket, this historic vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Mill and Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum. Hadwen House and Historic ...

Dog-friendly Home With Central AC, Wifi & Laundry - Near Beaches & Town!
Historic Cottage w/ Yard & BBQ - Walk to Town, the Ferry, Beaches & Restaurants!
Historic Cottage w/ Yard & BBQ - Walk to Town, the Ferry, Beaches & Restaurants!
Nantucket, MA

Located in Nantucket Town, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum and Old Mill. Maria Mitchell Aquarium and Hadwen House ...

4/5Very Good! (2 reviews)
Under construction

"When arriving at property it was obvious that remodeling was underway. The stairs where pulled away from property very dangerous. The front of building was half shingles. Contractor showed up 2nd day to push stairs in.3rd day the towns building inspector showed up and issued a order for work without ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2020

Historic Cottage w/ Yard & BBQ - Walk to Town, the Ferry, Beaches & Restaurants!
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Dec 13, 2019

Nantucket is one of our favorite places to visit for a getaway in New England!

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Dec 9, 2019

Can’t wait to book my next trip. Love the island !

5/5 - Excellent

DavidFPace

Nov 3, 2019

The children and families in the town of Hallowe'en were wonderful!

5/5 - Excellent

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Nov 2, 2019

It was adorable! Such history and many interesting stories.

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 25, 2019

Our happy place in the off season!

5/5 - Excellent

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Oct 20, 2019

Nantucke in the fall is very special. I highly recommend traveling there then.

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