Nantucket, MA

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Nantucket which includes cbd, boating and a small town or village
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

Nantucket Inn
Nantucket Inn
3.5 out of 5
1 Miller Lane, Nantucket, MA, 02554
The price is $410 per night from Sep 6 to Sep 7
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly resort in Nantucket. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (212 reviews)
"Great stay! Beautiful lobby. Great pool!!"

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2022

Nantucket Inn
The Beachside At Nantucket
The Beachside At Nantucket
3 out of 5
30 North Beach Street, Nantucket, MA, 02554
The price is $444 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 2
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Nantucket. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (328 reviews)
"We stayed with our children and had a great time. The pool was clean and water was provided poolside. The lobby offers assortment of drinks and muffins in morning. A water dispenser in lobby to stay hydrated was a nice tough too. Each staff member we interacted with were courteous,professional and ..."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

The Beachside At Nantucket
Nantucket Resort Collection
Nantucket Resort Collection
4 out of 5
3 Step Lane, Nantucket, MA, 02554
Stay at this 4-star B&B in Nantucket. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a terrace. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (204 reviews)
"Great place!"

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2022

Nantucket Resort Collection
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.
Nantucket - Edge of Town
Nantucket - Edge of Town
Nantucket, MA
The price is $377 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Nantucket. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (39 reviews)
Perfect quaint little cottage
"This was perfectly tucked away in a quiet neighborhood. The house is a true antique, which is so charming! Easy to get to downtown via bike, which I would recommend renting on day one! We actually walked to the cottage off the ferry (with our luggage), doable, but I would never do that again 🤣 I ..."

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2022

Nantucket - Edge of Town
Quiet Getaway for two
Quiet Getaway for two
Nantucket, MA
Stay at this apartment in Nantucket. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Loines Observatory and Old Mill are located nearby. Discover ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Perfect hideaway
"Loved my stay in this property. It’s nicer than the pics would indicate - no shade meant to the photographer. It’s very quiet. The outdoor space is SO nice. The location was handy as I was interested in biking a lot, and it’s very close to a bike path. Also very close to the Wave, which was convenient. ..."

Reviewed on Jul 11, 2022

Quiet Getaway for two
FREE 3rd Night!* (See description) Nantucket in Town 3 Bedroom 1 Bath Cute House
FREE 3rd Night!* (See description) Nantucket in Town 3 Bedroom 1 Bath Cute House
Nantucket, MA
Stay at this vacation home in Nantucket. Enjoy onsite parking, an in-room DVD player, and barbecue grills. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Great location! Great stay
"This house offered all we could have asked for in a Nantucket weekend. It was clean, cozy, and just a mile from town - very walkable!"

Reviewed on Oct 2, 2021

FREE 3rd Night!* (See description) Nantucket in Town 3 Bedroom 1 Bath Cute House
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