Located roughly thirty miles off the coast of Massachusetts, Nantucket is accessible by air and sea. Several major cities, New York, Boston, and Washington DC, offer season air travel to the island. Year round ferry service from Hyannis to Nantucket is provided by HyLine Cruises and the Steam Ship Authority. Seasonal ferry service from New York, New Bedford, and New Jersey is also offered via SeaStreak Ferry.
Summer beach vacations to Nantucket are popular among travelers from around the world, making this the busiest season on the island. The spring and fall months are generally quieter times of year, though most shops, restaurants, and attractions are open for business. Following the annual Nantucket Christmas Stroll (the first weekend in December) the island does slow down dramatically with many businesses closing for the months of January, February and March.
Nantucket is a small island with many attractions within walking distance to the center of town. The island offers a seasonal public transit system, as well bikes paths, car rentals, and taxi services. With many options for transportation on the island, traveling with a vehicle is not necessary.
Nantucket offers a little something for everyone. Experience the dining and shopping scene of Nantucket town, with unique shops and galleries and world class restaurants. Anglers and boaters will enjoy unforgettable fishing and boating experiences in the waters off Nantucket. There are numerous charter boats available for both sport-fishing and leisure cruises. Explore Nantucket's rich history as an early American whaling town with visits to the Nantucket Whaling Museum, among other notable historic sites. For families traveling with children, Nantucket offers camps and classes, and several of our hotels provide child-friendly scavenger hunts and other activities to keep young guests entertained.
Nantucket is home to a collection of pristine sandy beaches which are open to the public. Beaches located along the harbor and on the north shore generally have calm waters, while south shore beaches such as Surfside and Cisco beach experience heavier surf. Many Nantucket beaches do feature lifeguards and facilities seasonally.