Once the whaling capital of the world, Nantucket is now a tourist’s delight.
Step off the boat, and step back in time. With no traffic lights, no fast food restaurants and no highways, the charm of Nantucket takes hold of you as soon as you arrive. Nantucket is 30 miles south of Cape Cod from the mainland, and includes the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskegat. Nantucket is 14 miles long and 3-1/2 miles wide, with the vast majority of lodging, retail businesses and restaurants within one mile of the downtown area. Downtown Nantucket’s cobblestoned streets, old-fashioned lamp posts and 18th and 19th century style buildings sing its charm.
Stringent preservation rules have retained the charm and character of the town while the pristine beaches along the island’s 110-mile coastline provide sun, sand and surf for all. The coastline of Nantucket, from Madaket Beach to the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge is lined with beaches and bike trails galore.
The name Nantucket is adapted from similar Algonquin names for the island meaning far away land. Come and see why.
When you arrive on Nantucket, consider Nantucket Island Tours
Enjoy a fully narrated delightful historic tour of Nantucket. This tour offers a truly interesting riding tour of America’s most scenic little island. In just over an hour, become acquainted with the “Little Grey Lady,” famous as the world’s foremost whaling port in the 18th century. Our continuous narrated tour covers close to 65% of the island including: The Old Mill, “Sconset” Village with its rose-covered cottages, Low Beach, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Cranberry bogs and Nantucket moors. Nantucket Island Tours operates May through October. You can reserve your bus tour tickets along with your ferry tickets by simply clicking on the green ‘BOOK YOUR TRIP’ button on the top, right-hand side of this page or by calling toll-free 800-492-8082.
Some of our favorites:
- Nantucket Whaling Museum
- Cisco Brewers / Triple Eight Distilleries
- Maria Mitchell Association
- The Old Mill
- Bartlett’s Farm
For further information about Nantucket, please visit:
- Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce
- Nantucket Visitor Services
- Nantucket Historical Association
- Nantucket Regional Transit Authority