Nantucket Tours

The Best Nantucket Tours
If you are new to the island and only going to be on Nantucket for a day or two, we highly recommend that you start with one of Nantucket's van or bus tours. It is a great way to see a lot of the island in a relatively short time. Then, if you decide you want to spend more time in ‘Sconset or one of the other more remote locations, you can always rent a car and go back on your own. The tour guides listed below are natives or long-time residents, and they know their stuff. It makes for a fun and informative sightseeing trip.

Keep in mind that there are a lot of other Nantucket tours available to you. Tours cover everything from Historic sites to historic homes, from birding watching to sketching, from guided tours to self-guided tours with downloadable maps. You’re sure to find something of interest to you.

Most of the specialty tours operate seasonally, as well as some of the van and bus tours, so be sure to check availability before making your final plans.

Bus and Van Tours

Not only are they a great way to see some of the most popular destinations outside of Nantucket Town without having to rent a car, but the van and bus tours are reasonably affordable and convenient. Most of the tour operators will pick you up and drop you off at your inn or hotel. These experienced and knowledgeable guides know the island and love sharing the island's history, along with interesting stories and insights. Popular stops on the bus and van tours include ‘Sconset, cranberry bogs, the Old Mill, Sankaty Lighthouse and Great Point Lighthouse, but routes vary from company to company so check out their websites to learn more about stops, rates and hours.

Ara’s Tours
508.221.6852
Van Tours
Passenger pickup
Van stops for pictures
For more info: Ara's Tours
Gails Tours
508.257.6557
Van Tours
Passenger Pickup
Van Stops for Pictures
For more info: Gail's Tours
Island Tours
508.228.0334
800.492.8082
Tour Buses
For more info: Island Tours
Val’s Tours of Nantucket
508.680.1300
Passenger Mini Vans
For more info: Val's Tours

Prefer a specialized tour?

Nantucket Tours, Field Trips & Cruises


African American History Tours

Black History Trail on Nantucket
508.228.9833
Guided and Self-Guided Tours

For more information and downloadable maps:
African American History Tour

Beach Discovery Field Trips

Maria Mitchell Association
508.228.0898
June - August

For more information: Maria Mitchell Association

Biking Tours / Trails

Bike Nantucket
Classic and custom tours
For more information: Bike Natucket

For details on Nantucket bike paths, maps, rentals, and other information: Wheels, Heels and Pedals

Birding Tours

Strong Wings
508.228.1769

For more information: Strong Wings

Maria Mitchell Association
508.228.0898

For more information: Maria Mitchell Association

Bird's Eyes View

For the best best view of the town, harbor and beyond, you MUST visit the Tower of the Old North Church, located at 62 Centre Street. There are 94 steps, but the spectacular views are worth the effort.

First Congregational Church
62 Center Street
508.228.0950
Bell Tower Tour

Hiking Trails

OK, so these aren't "tours", but Nantucket has some of the most awesome hiking trails, I just had to include to include this category.

For hiking trails, maps, and other information: Wheels, Heels and Pedals

Also, be sure to check out the trails and downloadable trail maps at Coskata-Coatue Maps & Resources!

Historic Homes

Nantucket Historical Association
508.228.6799

  • Guided Downtown Walking Tour
  • Guided Historic House Walking Tour

For more information: NHA Tours

Nantucket Preservation Trust
508.228.1387

  • Guided Tours:
  • Off Centre: The Wesco Acre Lots
  • A Stroll Down Main Street
  • ‘Sconset Tours

  • Self-Guided Walking Tours:
  • Kitchens House Tour
  • Annual August Fete Tour
  • “Master Mariners, Whaling Wives, & Tradesmen of the Whaling Era”
  • A Walk Down Broadway (‘Sconset)
For more information: Nantucket Preservation Trust Walking Tours

The self-guided tours are downloadable and contain lots of interesting historic background so you can explore on your own!

Historic Sites

Nantucket Historical Association
15 Broad Street
508.228.1894
Historic Sites Tours
Includes Oldest House, Old Mill, Quaker Meeting House, Fire Hose-Cart House, Old Gaol

For more information: NHA Historic Sites Tour

Natural History Tours

Great Point Natural History Tour
508.228.6799
Leisurely tours of Nantucket’s outer tip in an over-sand vehicle

For more information: Coskata-Coatue Programs

Lighthouse Tours

Coskota-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
508.228.6799
Great Point Lighthouse Tour
Sunset Lighthouse Tour

For more information: Coskata-Coatue Programs

Sailing Cruises

Endeavor Sailing
508.228.5585
Harbor Cruise
Pirate Adventure Cruise
Sunset Cruise
Custom Cruise

For more information: Endeavor Sailing

Shearwater Cruises
508.228.7037
Harbor Tour / Ice Cream Cruise
Morning Coffee Cruise
Seal Watching
Sunset Cruise
Whale Watching

For more information: Explore Nantucket

Seal Cruises

Shearwater Cruises
508.228.7037

For more information: Explore Nantucket

Sketching Tours

Sketching Tours of Nantucket
508.325.5220

For more information: Sketching tours

Surfcasting

Surfcasting Adventures
508.228.6799

For more information: Coskata-Coatue Programs

Whale Cruises

Shearwater Cruises
508.228.7037

For more information: Explore Nantucket


The following organizations offer some of the best and most
informative Nantucket tours. With so many to choose from,
the hard part will be deciding which one to do first!

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge Tours
Wauwinet Rd Great Point
Phone: 508.228.0006

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge Tours:

Birding (in connection with Maria Mitchell Assoc.)
Natural History
Great Point Lighthouse Tour
Sunset Lighthouse Tour
Surfcasting Adventure

For more information: Coskata-Coatue Tours


The Nantucket Maria Mitchell Association Tours
Phone: 508.228.9198
info@mmo.org

MMO Tours & Field Trips:

Marine Ecology Field Trips
Natural Science Field Trips
Birding Field Trips & Tours

For more information: MMO Tours


Nantucket Historical Association Tours
15 Broad Street
Phone: 508.228.1894
ask@nha.org

NHA Tours:

Historic Sites (guided tours at some locations)
Guided Downtown Walking Tour
Guided Historic House Walking Tour

For more information: NHA Tours


Nantucket Preservation Trust Tours
Phone: 508.228.1387
Email: info@nantucketpreservation.org

Guided Tours:

Off Centre: The Wesco Acre Lots
A Stroll Down Main Street
‘Sconset Tours

Self-Guided Walking Tours:

Kitchens House Tour
Annual August Fete Tour
“Master Mariners, Whaling Wives, & Tradesmen of the Whaling Era”
A Walk Down Broadway (‘Sconset)

For more information: Nantucket Preservation Trust Walking Tours

The self-guided tours are downloadable and contain interesting historic background so you can explore on your own!



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Great Point Lighthouse, Nantucket

Great Point Light

First Congretational Church, Nantucket

First Congregational Church
For the best Birds-eye View of Nantucket!

Oldest House, Nantucke

Oldest House c. 1686
Jethro Coffin House
Sunset Hill

Swain House, 99 Main Street, Nantucket

Valentine Swain House c. 1799
99 Main Street

Brant Point Lighthouse, Nantucket

Brant Point Lighthouse
Brant Point LIght

Civil War Monument, Nantucket

Civil War Monument

Thomas Macy Warehouse, Nantucket

Thomas Macy Warehouse
c. 1846