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Nantucket Attractions

Nantucket Attractions

A trip to Nantucket isn't complete without a tour of all the historical sites. So hop on a bike, grab your camera, and capture mementos of some of the most enthralling seaside attractions in the U.S. First, stop by Brant Point Lighthouse, the nation's second oldest lighthouse. Then, stimulate your imagination at the Nantucket Whaling Museum, which captures through amazing artifacts the history of Nantucket and its whaling industry. And, explore the island's connection with the sea at the Shipwreck & Life-Saving Museum.

Sites & Museums

Hinchman House Natural Science Museum

7 Milk Street
Natural history museum with collections of island reptiles, flowers and plants. Hands-on learning for kids. Appeals to all ages grade school through adult.

Maria Mitchell Aquarium

28 Washington Street
Aquarium exhibit features fresh- and salt-water marine life. Appeals to all ages grade school through adult.
Maria Mitchell Observatory
3 Vestal Street

Loines Observatory

Milk Street Extension
Observatories offer children's astronomy classes. The Loines offers popular public viewing nights Fridays, 8pm and Saturdays, 11pm. Appeals to all ages grade school through adult.

Nantucket Life-Saving Museum

158 Polpis Road
This museum tells the stories of people who risked their lives to rescue others. Appeals to teens to adults.

The Whaling Museum

13 Broad Street
An interesting lecture series on the history of whaling presented three times daily. Appeals to all ages grade school through adult.

Oldest House

Sunset Hill Road
Built in 1686 as a wedding present for Jethro Coffin and Mary Gardner by their parents. Appeals to the whole family.

Old Mill

South Mill and Prospect Streets
Made of salvaged wood in 1746 and set in its original location. Appeals to the whole family.

Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum



Brant Point Light

A short walk from Nantucket Town. The original structure was built in 1746 and it was the second lighthouse built in America.

Great Point

Northern tip of the island, overlooking miles of splendid beaches.

Sankaty Head

Perched way atop Sankaty Bluff in the east.

Brant Point Lighthouse is one of the greatest places on the island for a nice photo op. A staple of Nantucket gift shop postcards, Brant Point Lighthouse is quintessential Nantucket and a late afternoon must. Rent a bike from town and cruise to the lighthouse. The ferry comes in at 5pm, so be sure to have your camera on hand to snap a picture.

The Whaling Museum has a lookout deck on top which also makes for great photos and views.
The lookout deck offers a full view of Nantucket Harbor and the many sailboats, fishing boats, and yachts that fill its waters.


Q1: What are the must see attractions on the island?

A1: Brant Point Lighthouse, Surfside Beach, Nantucket Whaling Museum, Nantucket Vineyard, Great Point Light, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum, Cisco Brewers, Nantucket Shipwreck & Life-Saving Museum, Jethro Coffin House, Sconset Village and the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.

Q2: How long should one expect to spend at each attraction?

A2: A half hour at the lighthouses should suffice. Expect to spend at least 90 minutes at the museums. Give yourself two or three hours at the wildlife refuge, vineyard, and brewery. You will want to spend an hour at Jethro Coffin House and two hours at the Basket Museum to see everything.

Distance from Attraction: Varies
Specials: None available
Reasons to Stay Near Hotel:
  • Close to ferry docks and airport
  • Offer waterfront accommodations
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