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Naturally Pristine Nantucket

Whether you go to Nantucket for a day or for a weeklong retreat, you will be courted by stylish ambience and small town comfort at every turn. Nantucket is elegant, well-manicured, and cobblestoned while also being family-friendly and relaxed. The island is 50 square miles worth of sandy beaches, cute cottages, and thriving animal habitats. Nantucket is southeast of Martha's Vineyard, but there are ferries from the mainland that will take you there directly. So do you want to grab a bike and go birding or simply shop and sunbathe? Nantucket has you covered… what are you waiting for?

Where To Go

The beaches on the north shore of Nantucket are gentle and provide a calm water experience for beginning swimmers and people who want to take it easy. The south shore faces the Atlantic so this is the place to go for actual surf. Between trips to the beach, walk the main streets to window shop at art galleries and chic boutiques. Visit the Children's Beach Bandstand to take in a free concert.

What To Do

Nantucket's events calendar is packed with the sort of cultured activities you would associate with east coast elites: a Book Festival, Film Festival, Yoga Festival, and Dance Festival. But there are also opportunities to casually unwind. Check out Sandcastle & Sculpture Day, the Comedy Festival, or a Boston Pops Live concert on the beach! If you enjoy sailing (or just partying with sailors), you should know that Nantucket hosts the Opera House Cup Regatta and the Figawi Memorial Day yacht race.

History & Habitat

Nantucket's Whaling Museum documents the island's history from its start as a farming community to its importance in the whaling industry and on to its present-day state as a conservation and tourist haven. Nantucket's port is a National Historic District, and even though whaling is not currently relevant, the community's connection to marine activity is unmistakable.

If you appreciate literature, stop by the Nantucket Atheneum, which is one of the country's oldest continuously running libraries. This site once hosted Ralph Waldo Emerson and Frederick Douglass, and now it is a historically important building with a lovely adjoining garden. For those who prefer to stay outdoors, you'll be glad to find biking, fishing, and birding all readily available.

Getting There & Around

From Massachusetts, you can take a ferry from Hyannis or Woods Hole on Cape Cod, or from Vineyard Haven on Martha's Vineyard. The ferry has comfortable air-conditioned seating inside and offers great views from out on the deck. Chartered yachts are a personalized option for arriving at this quaint island in style. Once you're on Nantucket, you will find it easy to get a cab or ride "The Wave" (the local bus).

Bike rentals and bike tours are very popular with visitors as well, and you'll also find the whole island is pedestrian friendly. Perhaps you don't need wheels at all. Nantucket has day camps for kids and a skatepark. There's tennis and golf for adults, and everyone is encouraged to take part in nature classes. There are conservation measures in place on Nantucket, which means undisturbed beauty will be your ticket to tranquility. Hop a ferry and see for yourself!

For more general information

The local tourist information site.

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