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!
Lighthouse in Siasconset

Sankaty Head Light

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 erosion. It is still operating. A couple of times a year, the ligh…
Beach in South Shore

Madaket Beach

There's not a lot to see at Nantucket's western outpost, but this beach, at the end of its namesake bike path, is the island's ace place to watch sunsets. The strong currents and heavy surf make it less than ideal f…
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 Siasconset

'Sconset Beach

East-facing 'Sconset 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…
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…
Beach in South Shore

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…