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Things to do in Nantucket

Looking for what to do in Nantucket? A visit to the island is first and foremost about R&R.

Many of the most popular things to do in Nantucket take place in the great outdoors. Spend a day relaxing on the sand at beaches like Jetties and Siasconset, or take a more active route along shoreline hiking trails. Altar Rock provides its visitors with elevated, panoramic views of the island, too.

For history lovers, ideas for what to do in Nantucket include a stop at the Whaling Museum, where exhibits display relics from the harbor's roots. Nantucket Town itself is a designated National Historic District and boasts hundreds of buildings from the first half of the 19th century.

Nights on the town continue to top the list of things to do in Nantucket for many of the island's visitors. Especially during the summer, seasonal bars and restaurants open their doors to lively crowds. Upscale boutiques attract a similarly swanky crowd during the daylight hours.

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  • Albacore Fishing Charters

    Nantucket is angler heaven: striped bass, bluefish, cod, fluke, tuna, and even blue sharks all make their home in the cold, deep waters around the ... More
  • Bar at Galley Beach

    A venerable, family-owned restaurant since 1958, the Galley—where untold numbers of Nantucketers have celebrated their anniversary dinners—got a ch... More
  • Bar at the Cisco Brewers

    This cluster of buildings on the way to Cisco Beach is home base to Nantucket’s local spirits producers. Cisco Brewers (which was the U.S.’s first ... More
  • Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

    Four-wheeling out on Nantucket’s remote, northeastern sand spits (which together form the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge) lets you experience the i... More
  • Endeavor Sailing Tours

    Between May and October, visitors to Nantucket can get a glimpse of the island as it was meant to be seen: from the water, and under sail. Captain ... More
  • Great Point and Coatue

    Four-wheeling out on Nantucket’s remote, northeastern sand spits (which together form the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge) lets you experience the i... More
  • Gypsy

    A fashion boutique fit for the streets of Los Angeles or New York City, Gypsy was founded by stylist Paola Gonfrade in 2003 to offer shoppers more ... More
  • Hostetler Gallery

    During World War II, a Red Cross volunteer gave David Hostetler something to draw with while he was recovering from a wound. From that beginning ca... More
  • Il Sandalo of Capri

    Although they’re not technically from Capri—in fact, the company was founded in Naples 30-odd years ago—Il Sandalo’s elegant custom-made sandals ar... More
  • Ladies Beach

    Running along the southwest edge of Nantucket Island at the end of Bartlett Farm Road, this secluded beach is known locally as the place to go when... More
  • Legends

    Labels like Bono's Edun and Nicole Miller Collection fill the racks at this eco-chic clothing shop in downtown Nantucket. You'll also find vintage ... More
  • L'Ile de France

    Drop by this downtown Nantucket shop to see why it calls itself “The French General Store.” Since 1996, L'Ile de France has been importing directly... More
  • Mister

    If Ralph Lauren had married Lilly Pulitzer, their sons would shop here. Ties in nautical patterns, woven belts, madras shorts, and lobster-print to... More
  • Mitchell's Book Corner

    This 40-year-old store on Main Street was in danger of closing until Wendy Schmidt, wife of Google CEO Eric Schmidt, swooped in to save the histori... More
  • Moors End Farm

    This family-run farm has been in the Slosek family since the mid-1970’s. It started as a way to make some money off of extra vegetables, but now it... More

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