Located 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Nantucket Island is a premier destination for sailors, boaters, and yachters alike. First, brush up on your Nantucket history with a trip to the Whaling Museum. Next, explore, lounge, and play at one of Nantucket’s storied beaches. Then take a tour and sample world-class wines, beers, and spirits at Cisco Brewers. Finally, check out the views at one of Nantucket’s three lighthouses. With well over a hundred attractions, whether you’re planning a wedding, weekend getaway, or family escape, Nantucket is the place to be in the summer.
Peak Season on Nantucket starts Memorial Day weekend with the famous Figawi sailboat race. Nantucket then remains lively and bustling all the way through Labor Day weekend. During this time of year, the days are long and sunny, with average temperatures in the high 70s. A lot cooler than the mainland thanks to the Island breeze.
However, one of the island's best kept secrets is to actually visit in the shoulder months, especially September and early October. You’ll find the island less crowded and the prices a bit more manageable. Plus, visiting Nantucket while the leaves are changing is a sight to be seen. Just be sure to dress in layers since the temperature this time of year can fluctuate from the mid 60s to high 40s.
Nantucket’s downtown is situated adjacent to it’s harbor. Disembark from your boat onto Nantucket’s cobblestone streets and discover some of the finest restaurants, nightlife, and retail in all of Massachusetts. Grab a protein-packed sandwich at Something Natural, the most popular lunch spot on the island. For dinner, head to The Nautilus, a coastal seafood spot inspired by Asian flavors and Spanish tapas-style dining. Finally, stop by Murray’s Toggery Shop and grab your very own pair of famous Nantucket Reds.
Before becoming a premier getaway destination, Nantucket was a whaling town. This museum, operated by the Nantucket Historical Association, tells the fascinating story of how this island became the Whaling Capital of the World in the mid 1700’s. The museum contains 9 premium galleries as well as a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton. As a bonus, head upstairs to the museum's rooftop deck that offers stunning views of Nantucket Harbor.
Visit the lighthouse that keeps watch on Nantucket Harbor. Only a 12-min walk from downtown, Brant Point is a short wooden lighthouse with a signature boardwalk in front. The current tower dates back to 1901, but its spot has hosted a lighthouse since 1746. Snap a selfie in front of the lighthouse as the Nantucket Ferry passes by.
This family-friendly beach is located within walking distance from Nantucket’s bustling downtown area. The calm shallow waters, tan sand, and athletic courts make it a prime destination for all. It’s also a great spot to watch everything since it overlooks the mouth of Nantucket's picturesque harbor. Watch as fishing boats, wooden sailboats, and megayachts pass by. If you visit in August, be sure to catch the annual Boston Pops for Nantucket fundraising concert at Jetties Beach.