Top things to do in Nantucket

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 Modern American in Nantucket Town

Company of the Cauldron

A splendid choice for a romantic dinner, this intimate restaurant has attentive service and top-rated food. It offers only reserved seating times and four-course prix-fixe dinners, with the likes of rosemary-skewere…
Top Choice American in Siasconset

Chanticleer Restaurant & Gardens

Eating here is a fully realized dining experience. The restaurant is set in a whimsical garden setting and the menu of New England–inspired seasonal cuisine is superb, featuring everything from roasted Vermont chick…
Top Choice Brewery in South Shore

Cisco Brewers

Enjoy a hoppy pint of Whale’s Tale pale ale at the friendliest brewery you’ll likely ever see. Cisco Brewers is the ‘other’ Nantucket, a laid-back place where fun banter loosens those stiff upper lips found in primm…
Top Choice Cafe in Nantucket Town

Corner Table

A real local gathering place, this sweet cafe has great coffee, a cabinet full of high-quality eats to eat in or takeaway (black bean and sweet potato salad, Bolognese, mascarpone raspberry cheesecake), daily soups …
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 Modern American in Nantucket Town


Creative, globally inspired cooking and fine cocktails go down a treat at this bar-restaurant that proudly flaunts local farm-to-table fare. Your eyes may be bigger than your belly when reading the small-plates-focu…
Top Choice Market in South Shore

Bartlett's Farm

From a humble farm stand this family operation has grown into a huge gourmet market, with salads, tempting desserts and sandwiches (including a great lobster roll). It's the perfect place to grab everything you'll n…
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.