13 Broad Street Nantucket, MA 02554 +1 508 228 1894
Spermaceti is a substance derived from whales that was once used to make candles. This converted 1846 candle factory is now home to Nantucket's whaling history - and excursion not to be missed. It features a tremendous collection of artifacts including the skeleton of a 46-foot sperm whale, the 16-foot glass prism from Sankaty Head Light, portraits of sea captains, and a large scrimshaw collection. You can buy a separate ticket for the Whaling Museum or get a combination ticket for the other historic sites around the island. Come the holidays, the museum hosts the magical Festival of Trees. Opens daily at 10 am.
28 N Centre St Nantucket, MA 02554 +1 508 228 7779
Unique among Nantucket's art scene is the Dane Gallery, which houses some of the most unusual and beautiful examples of glass art to be found. You can find pieces by 35 different artists from across the country at the Dane; some of them have had pieces displayed in such places as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian. Open year round, this gallery has a clientele that includes day trippers, collectors and home decorators. Even if you can't afford a piece, you can still look and marvel.
Corner of Francis Street and Washington Street Nantucket, MA 02554 +1 508 228 7499
Coatue, the barrier beach which stretches northeast from Nantucket Harbor out toward Great Point is beautiful but nearly impossible to get to. For the determined and the athletic there is the kayak route. Single and double kayaks can be rented by the hour or the half-day from Sea Nantucket, which is located just a quarter mile from the center of town. Sailboats are also available for rent during the height of the season. Rental prices vary.
Nantucket Boat Rental has a range of center console powerboats available for rent by the day, week or month. Amongst your choices are 13' Blueskin skiffs, 17' Dusky and 20' Maritime skiff. Rate vary depending on size of boat and amount of time. It is best to call ahead for reservations. These boats are a popular method to explore the vast array of Nantucket's beaches.
25 Old South Rd Nantucket, MA 02554 +1 508 228 4070
It is fairly well recognized that the best way to tour the island of Nantucket is by bicycle. Those who have not brought a bike with them can rent a variety of styles of bikes from Island Bike Company. Roller blades, beach chairs, kid trailers that attach to adult bikes, baby joggers and baby seats are all also available for rent.
There is probably no more frequently photographed lighthouse in America than this one, the second oldest in the country (the original was built in 1746). The lighthouse sits at Brant Point and all ferries, yachts and ships from the mainland pass its picturesque side on their way into the harbor. To visit the lighthouse up close, walk along Easton Street and continue over the wooden footbridge. The Nantucket lighthouses are not open to the public, but being right in town many visitors enjoy a stroll around the grounds of Brant Point.
This is a beach with a bit of everything within walking distance from Town. There are lifeguards, restrooms, and a concession stand with food and drinks and public phones. Being on the Nantucket Sound, the surf is mild and many families come to enjoy the beauty and safety of this beach. There is also a playground and volleyball net. The NRTA shuttle runs a beach loop to Surfside and Jetties Beach from June 15 until Labor Day.
End of Harbor View Way Nantucket, MA 02554 No phone available
There is no tricky, hidden meaning to the name Children's Beach. It is simply a quiet, Nantucket Sound beach with absolutely no waves, making it a perfect place to bring small children. The beach is located right in Town at the end of Harbor View Way. Children's Beach lacks the grandeur of so many of Nantucket's other beaches but families find it meets many of their outdoor needs. Lifeguards are on duty during summer months. Playground and restrooms available, and parking is free. Summer Music Concerts take place Thursdays and Sundays at 6 pm.
There are 92 steps to the top of the tower of the First Congregational Church and though not air conditioned, visitors always seem to find the climb worth the effort. The windowed tower offers views in all directions; from the red and white stripes of Sankaty Lighthouse to the brick and cobblestone quaintness of Nantucket Town directly below. A collection of historic photographs and artifacts are on display on a mezzanine level, providing a nice, informative, resting stop on the climb up. A donation is requested.
8 Howard Court Nantucket, MA 02554 +1 508 228 2011
This fine art gallery is named after the Nantucket folk tale of homesick (and lovesick) sailors placing a valentine for someone special back home in an eight-sided box with seashells arranged and attached to the top. A collection of these interesting boxes are on display, along with a variety of local artist artwork and an an open-air sculpture gallery of animals that the children will enjoy. No admission charge. Artwork on display is for sale.
Spermaceti is a substance derived from whales that was once
used to make candles. This converted 1846 candle factory is now home to Nantucket's whaling history and excursion not to be missed. It features a tremendous collection of artifacts ...
Century House is memorable, resplendent bed and breakfast with a
breezy, wrap around veranda and top cliff historic location. Century House is the oldest continuously operating guesthouse on Nantucket and invites you to experience the freedoms that this faraway ...
Unique among Nantucket's art scene is the Dane Gallery, which
houses some of the most unusual and beautiful examples of glass art to be found. You can find pieces by 35 different artists from across the country at the ...