|What to See & Do - Nantucket Island|
|Nantucket offers beaches, bike paths, sailing, tennis, golf, horseback riding, movies, antique shops, boutiques, museums and art galleries.|
The Nantucket Historical Association sponsors a 1.5-hour historical-architectural walking tour through the best of Nantucket's art and architecture. Call 508-228-1894 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm for a reservation, as the tour is limited to 15 people. They also organize family tours of special interest to young children. More...
Vineyards & Breweries
Nantucket has its own winery, brewery and distillery under the aegis of Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road, 2.5 miles (4 km) southwest of the town center (map). Come to see, sample and buy their wines, spirits and beers. Travel there by the brewery's free shuttle, an NRTA shuttle bus on the Miacomet Loop, or along the Hummock Pond bike path. More...
This historic 450-ton lighthouse was moved back from eroding cliffs, rescuing a Nantucket landmark. Here's how to visit it. More...
Several companies operate all sorts of cruises on motor craft and sailing yachts. More...
The Nantucket Life Saving Museum, 158 Polpis Road (map; Tel 508-228-1885), about three miles (5 km) from the center of town, has exhibits explaining the role of the island's life-saving service. More than 750 ships foundered off Nantucket, with great loss of life, which would have been much greater but for the brave men who risked their lives to save others'.
Nantucket's free public library is among the oldest in the USA. Thoroughly updated, its 42,000 volumes are available for reading, its Great Hall for lectures, its Weezie Wing for children. Look for it on India Street in the center of town. More...
Nantucket has supported chamber music concerts at various times, particularly in the weeks of high summer. Ask at the Information Bureau, or look for notices of upcoming events.
Also, visiting and local bands often give free concerts in the bandstand near Straight Wharf (at the foot of Main Street). The Weekly Vacation Guides, available at the Information Bureau, will have listings of times and programs.
—by Tom Brosnahan
Hotel Map with Prices
Use this handy Hotel Map with Prices to find Nantucket lodgings with rooms available, prices and terms. Don't see the map? Click here.)