Surfside Beach


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, including a snack shack, and a moderate-to-heavy surf that can make for good bodysurfing.

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Nearby Nantucket attractions

1. Nobadeer Beach

1.96 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.

2. Museum of African American History


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…

3. Old Mill

2.34 MILES

The Old Mill is America’s oldest working windmill (c 1746), as game young docents will demonstrate by grinding corn (weather conditions permitting). It's…

4. Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

2.41 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…

5. Old Gaol


To see where drunken sailors used to spend the night, visit the Old Gaol, the c 1806 jail that served Nantucket for 125 years. It was constructed using…

6. Hadwen House

2.61 MILES

A walk through the Nantucket Historical Association’s Hadwen House, a Greek Revival home built in 1845 by a whaling merchant, provides testimony to just…

7. Nantucket Atheneum

2.77 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…

8. Nantucket Whaling Museum

2.86 MILES

One of the island's highlights, this evocative museum occupies an 1847 spermaceti (whale oil) candle factory and the excellent exhibits relive Nantucket's…