Frequently Asked Questions for a Trip to Nantucket

Nantucket HarborNantucket, known as The Little Grey Lady or ACK by many, is an idyllic destination for anyone who loves the beach, New England charm, history, lighthouses, delicious gourmet meals, and spending time outside! Nantucket is full of history and charm. Without chain stores, billboards, and many cobblestone streets instead of pavement it truly does feel like you’re stepping into another world when you get off of the boat. There is something for everyone on Nantucket, whether that be strolling the shops in the downtown area, taking a long bike ride on many of the bike paths throughout the island or relaxing at the beach enjoying a cocktail.

Knowing a little bit about where you’re traveling to is essential to making sure you have a good time, and we constantly get questions about a trip to Nantucket, and we wanted to answer them here. First a little bit of background info –

About Nantucket

Martha's Vineyard Photo Contest, Christmas in EdgartownNantucket is a small island with a rich history of whaling, fishing, and is known for iconic events such as Christmas Stroll, Daffodil Days, and many others. While cars are prevalent on the island the best way to get around is either to walk or bring a bike. There are plenty of bike paths to get to more remote locations on the island, and so much to see within walking distance downtown. Historical places and museums, restaurants, bars, local shops, and hotels are plentiful in the beautiful downtown area. Beyond that, natural beauty abounds in the form of amazing natural open spaces and beaches. There are also lighthouses, an amazing greenhouse and farm to visit, and a renowned brewery to visit just a little bit off the beaten path.

Basically – there is a lot to do and see, but also a lot of space to relax and recharge.

FAQs about visiting Nantucket

How long will it take to get there? What is the ferry like?

Our high-speed ferries take an hour to get from Hyannis to Nantucket. The ferries are equipped with comfortable seating both inside and outside, bathrooms, fully stocked snack bars, and digital monitors featuring the time, weather, and TV usually playing sports or the news.

What is Captain’s View?

Captain’s View is a special spot on the Grey Lady IV on the second deck in the front of the boat. You can purchase an upgrade to sit there and enjoy full panoramic views of the ocean and Nantucket as you pull into the dock, premium seats, and a little bit more space to spread out in between the rows. Please be aware that we do not allow pets in Captain’s View.

What is there to do within walking distance?

So so many things! Straight Wharf where our ferry docks is in the middle of the downtown area, which is perfectly walkable. There you will find multitudes of local shops, restaurants, and bars as well as the Whaling Museum, Maria Mitchell Association, and many other historical landmarks. You can also walk to Brant Point Lighthouse, a few of the beaches, and many of the area’s popular hotels.

Do you need a car or bike to enjoy the island?

Definitely not! If you are looking to get out of the downtown area and see more of the island you can either take public transportation (a great affordable option, they run very frequently) or book a bus tour of the island.

What are the must-visit places while I’m there?

5 must-visit spots while you’re on a trip to Nantucket – The Whaling Museum, Brant Point Lighthouse, Cisco Brewers & Bartlett’s Farm, Jetties Beach, and if you can get there definitely check out the beauty of Siasconset the tiny village on the eastern side of the island.

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