Visit Historic Nantucket

Welcome to Visit Historic Nantucket, your online travel guide to America's favorite island.

Nantucket is like no other island in the world. This beautifully-preserved whaling village looks much the same as it did 200 years ago with grey-shingled cottages, widows walks, and cobblestone streets, while historic factories and warehouses, memorials to an era long past, serve as home to world class galleries and museums.

What's so special about Nantucket? Absolutely everything!!!

Who could imagine that a small island, less than 15 miles long, has so much to offer. Explore the Gray Lady's pristine beaches, picturesque lighthouses, breathtaking views, miles of biking and hiking trails, art galleries, museums, historic buildings and quaint shops. There is something for everyone, and our goal is to provide all the information you need to make the most of your Nantucket vacation. Discover for yourself just how special Nantucket Island really is.

What sets Visit Historic Nantucket apart from other Nantucket travel websites?

Our focus on the island’s rich and colorful colonial and maritime history. Once the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket's last whaling ship sailed off in 1869, never to return. But for the better part of a century, the whaling industry defined the lives of those who sailed as well as those who were left behind. And the influence of that era is evident everywhere you look.

We'll tell you a little about the historic homes, churches, museums and other must-see sites. You'll find a brief history of the island, and we'll introduce you to some of the people who fought and suffered and persevered during times of great adversity to save and protect the island they loved so much.

Bringing you the best of all things Nantucket

Of course, you’ll find everything you need to know about Nantucket Island today including the best restaurants, hotels, and fabulous bed and breakfasts. You'll also discover helpful information on getting there and getting around, as well as suggestions for things to see and do. But history buffs will also find a lot of history, along with interesting tidbits and historical insights.

We fell in love with this magical island on our first visit more than 25 years ago, and we know you will too. Whether you're planning a relaxing retreat, a family vacation, a destination wedding, or the perfect romantic getaway, you’ve come to the right place. We hope you’ll find Visit Historic Nantucket helpful and entertaining. Come back soon. We are constantly updating and adding in order to provide you with the best and most up-to-date information for planning your perfect Nantucket vacation.

Bon Voyage. The Grey Lady beckons.

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Where Is Nantucket

If you, like many others, are asking where is Nantucket, we're here to answer all your questions about America's favorite island!

Nantucket Travel

Looking for Nantucket travel information? Getting to the island may be cheaper and easier than you think - choose flights,shuttles or ferries - or a combination of all three!

Getting Around Nantucket

Getting around Nantucket is a breeze! Walk, rent a bike, or take a shuttle, just don't bring your car!

Nantucket Hotels

Discover the best Nantucket Hotels, all award-winning luxury retreats in idealic locations with spectaular views.

Nantucket Bed and Breakfasts

Nantucket bed and breakfasts and historic inns offer the charm of the past with the modern conveniences of today. What better way to truly experience the best of Nantucket?

Nantucket Restaurants

Award-winning Nantucket restaurants are known the world over for their top chefs and excellent upscale cuisine.


Although most wouldn't consider Nantucket the ideal vacation destination for the budget conscious, there are some affordable options. And keep in mind that the best things about Nantucket are free!


Once considered the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket's history is still defined by the pursuit of the gentle giant.

Historic Homes

Boasting more than 800 beautifully preserved Pre-Civil War era homes, Nantucket's historic homes draw thousands of tourists to the island every year. Stroll down Main Street to see some of the best!

Architectural Treasures

Nantucket's architectural treasures include outstanding examples of Colonial, Federal, and Greek Revival styles, and even one style that is uniquely Nantucket.

Historic Sites

Nantucket's historic sites offer a glimpse into the fascinating history of this seaport village, once the whaling capital of the world.

Historic Cemeteries

Old epitaphs found on grave markers in someNantucket historic cemeteries offer a rare glimpse into the lives of early Nantucketers, unlike the Quaker cemeteries which have few markers of any kind.

Nantucket Historic Churches

Most of Nantucket's historic churches are open to the public and still hold regular worship services. Find out which ones are must-sees!

Nantucket Lighthouses

Historic and picturesque Nantucket lighthouses still shine through the dark of night. Great Point Light, Sankaty Head Light and Brant Point Light are some of the island's most popular attractions.

Nantucket Museums

Nantucket museums offer an intimate look into the island's rich and storied past.


If you don't have a lot of time to see the island, here are our must-see Nantucket recommendations.

Things To Do

There are so many fun, interesting and affordable things to do on Nantucket, the hardest part will be deciding what to do first!!

Art Galleries

Nantucket art galleries feature local and international artists and offer comtemporary, as well as 18th and 19th century artists.

Nantucket Beaches

Nantucket beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. Learn more about the island's most popular beaches and discover what makes each one so special!

Nantucket Shopping

Love Nantucket? Love shopping? Check out these unique shops offering uniquely Nantucket items!

Nantucket Tours

Nantucket tours are operated by knowledgeable experienced guides, most are long-time residents who are delighted to share their love for the island with you.


Considering a beach wedding? Nantucket is the perfect place for your perfect day! But PLAN EARLY!

Nantucket Golf

Is golfing you idea of a perfect vacation, Nantucket golf courses won't disappoint!

Contact Us

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Photo Gallery

Check out our Nantucket photo gallery for some of our favorite photos and best memories!

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