There are so many fun and exciting things to do on Nantucket, and you don't have to worry about breaking the bank! Most of the best ones are free!
With miles of beaches, bike paths, hiking trials, great restaurants, unique shops; fabulous art galleries, fascinating museums, historic tours, seal cruises, whale-watching trips, and awesome sunsets on Madaket Beach, the hard part will be finding the time to do everything on your list!
Here is a list of some fun and interesting things to do to help you plan your perfect Nantucket vacation!
Nantucket art galleries feature exceptionally talented local artists and offer amazing collections of landscape and coastal paintings. Of, course you’ll also find many other works by some of today’s preeminent contemporary artists. Many of the galleries are located near the harbor, so take a stroll, visit some galleries, and enjoy Nantucket! What a lovely way to spend an afternoon!
For information on some of our favorite galleries, Click Here
Beaches, Beaches, Beaches!
One of our favorite things to do! With 82 miles of coastline, you’ll find some of the most beautiful, pristine beaches on Nantucket island. Swim, surf, hunt for shells, or just bask in the sun.
To learn more about Nantucket's most popular beaches and why each one is so special, check out Nantucket Beaches!
With 29 miles of biking trials, biking is one of the best ways to see the island.
For more info on bicycle trails, check out Wheels, Heels and Pedals.
Hundreds of species of birds can be found outside of town, including rare species that flock to Nantucket due to the lack of predators and wide-open spaces.
For birding tours:
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
A popular tourist destination, the nature preserve is a must see for those whose love the outdoors. A haven for wildlife, you’ll find deer, raptors, shorebird and seals as you explore sandy beaches, windswept dunes, coastal forests, and tidal ponds.
For more information visit their website: Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
One of the most interesting sights on the island, but most tourists don’t even know they exist. To learn more, Click Here
Dinner and a Movie!
Starlight Theatre and Cafe
1 N. Union Street
Year-round move theatre, dining room and full service bar.
Visit their website for more information: Dinner and a Movie!
Festivals and Events
For a calendar of events, check out the Nantucket.net calendar.
If you are planning a visit in late April, be sure and check out the Daffodil Festival. It is a lot of fun and the entire community comes out to celebrate.
Nantucket is a fisherman's paradise. To find out what's biting along with where and when to fish, check out Bill Fisher Tackle
Nantucket has two public courses and a private world-class course at Siasconset that is open to the public off-season.
For more information: Nantucket Golf
There are miles of scenic trails from one end of the island to the other, and there is so much more to see than just the beaches. Take a hike and experience more of the beauty and adventure that Nantucket has to offer.
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
Old grave markers in historic cemeteries can be a great source of information for history lovers and genealogical researchers alike.
To learn more about the 13 cemeteries on the island, Historic Cemeteries
Discover Nantucket's architectural treasures. Take a self-guided tour through the historic district or consider a guided tour offered by the Nantucket Historical Association or the Nantucket Preservation Trust.
For tour information:
Love history? There is a lot more to see than just houses. The entire island of Nantucket has been designated a historic landmark – historic sites are everywhere you look.
Check out Nantucket Historic Sites where you'll find information on must-see sites including churches, schools, monuments, and even an old jail.
What a fun way to spend the day. Here are a couple of websites you might want to check out:
Do you share our fascination with lighthouses? If so, there are three on the island you'll want to see.
To learn more about these historic beacons, Nantucket Lighthouses
There are several must-see museums on the island including the Whaling Museum - one of the most popular tourist destinations on Nantucket and another one of our favorite things to do.
To learn more about these interesting, informative and entertaining museums, Nantucket Museums
Nantucket Research Library
Want to learn more about Nantucket history? Be sure and check out Nantucket Historical Association Research Library. You wont' believe all of the fascinating books, documents and archival photographs in their collection. Much of it can be accessed online.
Grab a fresh sandwich at one of Nantucket's convenient delis and head out to the beach for a perfect picnic.
Love seals - who doesn't? Take a cruise with Shearwater Excursions, Yankee Magazine's Pick for the best Eco Tours, Whale Watches and Seal Cruises.
Where to begin? Although some are on the pricey side, there are so many fun and interesting shops on the island. Visit Nantucket Shopping for information and location of shops offering products that are uniquely Nantucket!
You can star-gaze on your own, but for a better look, the Maria Mitchell Association offers a great program during the summer months:
Stargazing Nights at Loines Observatory. Join professional astronomers for an impressive tour of the starry sky and for telescopic viewing of the Moon, planets, nebulae, galaxies, and more.
Check our their calendar of events for more information:
Star Gazing - Calendar
Sunsets are beautiful no matter where you are on the island, but the very best place to watch the sun go down is Madaket Beach!
Tour a brewery, winery, and distillery, all in one location!
Theatre Workshop Nantucket
For more information and a calendar of upcoming events:
Theatre Workshop Nantucket
From van and bus tours to specialized tours including birding, biking, beach discovery, historic sites, and lighthouses, check out Nantucket Tours.
Looking for some fun on the water?
Kiteboarding, Wakeboarding & Hydrofoiling Lessons and and Instruction
I LOVE whales, and there is something so amazing and awe-inspiring about seeing one up close! If you love whales, consider a cruise with the experienced guides of Shearwater Excursions for an informative, entertaining, and exciting cruise.
Shearwater Excursions is Yankee Magazine's Pick for the best Eco Tours, Whale Watches and Seal Cruises!
They also offer clamming excursions, harbor tours, and a variety of cruises.