’Sconset Beach


Take a short walk from 'downtown' Siasconset to this pleasant beach with a popular nearby playground. Parking is free, but very limited.

The east-facing beach gets pounded by the open Atlantic, which has eroded much of the long, narrow beach in recent years. In fact, the erosion has been so severe that in 2007 the Sankaty Head lighthouse, at the north side of the village, was moved inland to prevent it from tumbling over a 90ft bluff.

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1. Sankaty Head Light

1.52 MILES

About 1.5 miles north of the village, the 1850 Sankaty Head Light stands photogenically in its new position since 2007, having been relocated due to…

2. Nobadeer Beach

5.01 MILES

About 1 mile east of Surfside Beach is Nobadeer Beach, below the flight path of the airport. It attracts surfers and a beach-party crowd.

3. Brant Point Light

6.92 MILES

Welcoming ferries into Nantucket Harbor, this lighthouse was established in 1746 and is still in operation. It's quite tiny (only 26ft), but impossibly…

4. Surfside Beach

6.92 MILES

Surfside Beach, 3 miles from Nantucket Town at the end of Surfside Rd, is a top draw with the college and 20-something set. It has full facilities,…

5. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

6.98 MILES

What the lighthouse is to the New England coast, the lightship was to the sea – essentially a floating lighthouse to warn of dangerous shoals or sandbars…

6. Museum of African American History

7.13 MILES

The Nantucket campus of this museum stands as testimony to the influential African American community that thrived on the island in the 19th century. It…

7. Children's Beach

7.21 MILES

Right in town, Children's Beach is heaven for young kids, with gentle water, a fun playground and picnic facilities. It's along S Beach St at the north…

8. Nantucket Atheneum

7.24 MILES

More than just the public library, this stately Greek Revival edifice is a sight in itself. The 2nd-floor Great Hall has hosted such notables as Ralph…