Where is Nantucket?
Almost everyone has heard of Nantucket Island, but I'm often asked "where is Nantucket?" We'll answer
that question here and provide you with some interesting facts and
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So Where Is Nantucket?
Nantucket is a tiny jewel of an island just 30 miles south of Cape Cod and about 15 miles southeast of Martha's Vineyard.
Nantucket is a town, an island, and a county, and it consists of 49
square miles of land and measures 15 miles long and 3 miles wide.
Although the island is surrounded by 82 miles of beaches, most of the
beaches are actually private property. Fortunately, thanks to the
generous property owners, most of the beachfront is available to the
public. Nearly 40% of the island is protected conservation land.
in 1641, Nantucket is a beautifully preserved whaling village where you
visit the past on every corner. Once the whaling capital of the world,
the 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. They no longer
hunt the gentle giants, but the town and harbor looks much the same
architecturally as it did 200 years ago. The historic district boasts
more than 800 pre-Civil War era houses and several historic churches.
Factories and warehouses have been converted into art galleries and
museums and old-fashioned lamps still line the cobblestone streets. The
beautiful harbor that once welcomed whaling crews home from their long
difficult journeys now serves as one of the finest docking facilities in
The Nantucket Historic District which comprises
all of Nantucket Island was added to the National Register of Historic
Places in 1966.
For more history: Nantucket History
tourism industry breathed new life into Nantucket after the decline of
the whaling industry. The island boasts a year-round population of
about 10,000 but that swells to more than 50,000 during the summer
has a mild climate compared to the rest of New England with
temperatures in the mid to upper 70s in July and August which tend to be
the warmest months. The humidity is fairly high in the summer, but more
comfortable than the mainland due to the ocean breezes.
Foggy Evening, Nantucket Harbor
Expect morning and evening fog which explains how the island earned the nickname "Gray Lady."
Best Time To Go?
except winter, when the weather is dreary, and almost everything is
closed. Spring and fall are great if you want to avoid the crowds. We
prefer to go in September or early October. The weather is warm, the
hotel rates are cheaper and most of the restaurants, shops and
attractions are still open. However, if you plan on doing a lot of
sight-seeing outside of the historic downtown or wharf areas, you'll
need to think about transportation. Ride a bike, rent a car or take a
tour. Nantucket's convenient and affordable shuttle system only runs a
few basic routes in the off-season.
What's So Special About Nantucket Island?
Absolutely everything... Who could imagine that a small island 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 homes and unique shops.
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.
For more ideas: Things to Do on Nantucket!
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