Nantucket Town attractions

Top Choice Museum in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Whaling Museum

One of the island's highlights, this evocative museum occupies an 1847 spermaceti (whale oil) candle factory and the excellent exhibits relive Nantucket's 19th-century heyday as the whaling center of the world. Ther…
Top Choice Historic Site in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Atheneum

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 Waldo Emerson and abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Nationally kn…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Nantucket Town

Brant Point Light

Welcoming ferries into Nantucket Harbor, this lighthouse was established in 1746 and is still in operation. It's quite tiny (only 26ft), but impossibly photogenic – you may see many wedding parties using it as a bac…
Top Choice Church in Nantucket Town

First Congregational Church

Everyone comes to this church, which traces its roots to the early 1700s, for the eagle-eye view from the top of the steeple. It's well worth the 94-step climb! You can also attend services at 10am on Sundays.
Historic Building in Nantucket Town

Jethro Coffin House

Built in 1686, the Jethro Coffin House is the town’s oldest building still on its original foundation. It’s in a traditional ‘salt box’ style, with south-facing windows to catch the winter sun and a long, sloping ro…
Historic Building in Nantucket Town

Hadwen House

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 how lucrative the whaling industry was in its heyday. The hous…
Museum in Nantucket Town

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 includes the African Meeting House, built in 1820, which is th…
Museum in Nantucket Town

Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum

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 below. Sailors would stay aboard the lightships for weeks on …
Beach in Nantucket Town

Jetties Beach

Jetties Beach, 1 mile northwest of town via N Beach St, is the best all-round beach close to town. It's well equipped with changing rooms, a skateboard park and water-sports rentals. There's also a summertime bar an…
Beach in Nantucket Town

Children's Beach

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 side of Steamboat Wharf.