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.

Nantucket Boat Basin, NantucketNantucket Boat Basin

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.

Foggy Afternoon, Nantucket Boat BasinFoggy Afternoon Nantucket Harbor

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Brant Point Lighthouse, NantucketBrant Point Light

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