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10 Must-See Places to Visit on Nantucket


Published on 2/22/16 2:36 PM
Nantucket, a beautiful island located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is a popular summer or weekend getaway for powerboaters and sailors alike. While only fourteen miles long, there are countless activities and places to see.

If you’re cruising down to Nantucket, there are excellent marina options and moorings that you can book through Dockwa. Both Nantucket Boat Basin and Nantucket Moorings are fantastic operations, and let you explore the classic island of Nantucket.

Here are a few of our favorite spots:

1. The Whaling Museum

Located in the center of town, the Whaling Museum offers an overview of the history of whaling on Nantucket as well as the rich culture of the island. Restored in 2005, the museum features a candle factory that dates back to 1847, a fully-accessible rooftop observation deck overlooking Nantucket harbor, and a genuine sperm whale skeleton.

  • Address: 13 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: Everyday, 10AM - 5PM
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Boat Basin – 7 minutes walking, 3 minutes by bike, 2 minute Uber

2. Cisco Brewers, Nantucket Vineyard, Triple Eight Distillery

The sole brewery on the island was established as a winery in 1981, began making beer in 1995, and expanded its operations to include distilling spirits in 1997. With an upbeat outdoor atmosphere often filled with live music, locals and tourists visit all year round.

  • Address: 5 Bartlett Farm Road, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: Monday - Saturday: 11AM-7PM; Sunday: 12PM-5PM
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Moorings – 20 minutes walking, 5 minutes by bike, 4 minute Uber

3. Great Point Lighthouse

Rent a 4-wheeler or drive your own out on the sand for the day! Let some air out of your tires and enjoy the bumpy and scenic drive out to the lighthouse. This area boats some of the best fishing on the island, and is the perfect beach if you’re hoping to avoid the crowds.

  • Address: Great Point Beach, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Boat Basin – 30 minute Uber

4. Brant Point Lighthouse

For those who visit Nantucket by ferry, Brant Point Lighthouse welcomes them upon arrival, and is the last landmark to fade from view when they depart. For an up-close look, you can travel to the lighthouse by foot or bike to watch boats cruise by throughout the day.

  • Address: 2 Easton Street, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Boat Basin – 20 minutes walking, 6 minutes by bike, 5 minute Uber

5. Madaket Beach

Located a few miles from town, this beach is your best bet to take in a flawless sunset. Pack a picnic and join the small crowd that will gathers to watch the sunset each night. Millie’s, a delicious Mexican restaurant, is in walking distance from this beautiful beach.

6. The Juice Bar

Another familiar sight in the heart of downtown: the massively long line at all hours of the night outside of The Juice Bar, a homemade ice cream store. Not only is their ice cream heavenly, they make homemade waffle cones and cups right in front of you all day. The wait can be upwards of 45 minutes on summer nights, but well worth it!

  • Address: 12 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: Hours vary seasonally
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Boat Basin – 7 minute walk, 3 minutes by bike, 9 minute Uber

7. Jetties Beach

Jetties Beach is a calm beach with a great atmosphere. Live music throughout the season and a new restaurant located on the sand makes this a perfect spot for families with young children.

  • Address: Bathing Beach Road, Nantucket MA
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Boat Basin – 24 minute walk, 9 minutes by bike, 7 minute Uber

8. Shopping and Nightlife

Nantucket’s Main Street is a quaint cobblestone road, along which you’ll find dozens of clothing stores, delicious restaurants, antique shops, and more. Stick around for a lively evening: the nightlife on Nantucket is welcoming and upbeat.

  • Address: Main Street, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Boat Basin – 9 minute walk, 4 minutes by bike, 5 minute Uber

9. Nantucket Sunset Cruise

Want to hand over the helm so you can kick back and relax? Hop aboard a Nantucket Sunset Cruise and enjoy food, beverages and good company.

  • Address: Straight Wharf, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: Seasonal
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Boat Basin – 3 minute walk, 1 minute by bike, 8 minute Uber

10. Surfside Beach

As its namesake would suggest, some of the best swells on Nantucket are at Surfside. A great spot for catching some waves or watching surfers, Surfside is also family-friendly, making it a perfect spot for picnics and kite-flying.

  • Address: Surfside Road, Nantucket, MA
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Closest Dockwa marina: Nantucket Mooring – 15 minutes by bike, 7 minute Uber

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Post by Courtney McMorrow

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