Nantucket Activities Guide

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LAND ACTIVITIES

Nantucket Bike Tour

With miles of bike paths to all parts of the Nantucket Island, a bike is the ideal way to get around. You can rent bikes or bring your own, and we can arrange a guide to provide a personalized and custom tour of the area.

Madaket Beach | Pennsylvania Ave, Nantucket

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 for swimming, but there's some attractive beach walking to be done.

Nantucket Whaling Museum | 13 Broad St, Nantucket | Open daily 10am-5pm

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. There's a worthwhile, albeit long (54 minutes), documentary on the island, incredible scrimshaw exhibits (engravings and carvings done by sailors on ivory, whalebone or baleen), and a 46ft sperm whale skeleton rising above it all. Be sure to head to the rooftop deck for lovely views.

Starlight Theatre | 1 N Union St, Nantucket

Nantucket's 90-seat theater screens indie and other award-winning films. It's also a venue for live entertainment on summer weekends. It's attached to a cool cafe-bar. All movie tickets are available for purchase at the door one hour prior to show time. Schedule here.

Bartlett’s Farm | 33 Bartlett Farm Road Nantucket

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 need for a lunch or sunset picnic on the beach. Events are held here, too – like regular farm-to-table dinners and free farm tours.

Island Tour with Gail

Enjoy a fully narrated delightful historic tour of Nantucket. This tour offers a truly interesting riding tour of America's most scenic little island. In just over an hour, become acquainted with the "Little Grey Lady," famous as the world's foremost whaling port in the 18th century. Our continuous narrated tour covers close to 65% of the island including: The Old Mill, "Sconset" Village with its rose-covered cottages, Low Beach, Sankaty Head Lighthouse, Cranberry bogs and Nantucket moors.

Golfing at Miacomet Golf Club |

Tee times can be arranged for parties of two or more

WATER ACTIVITIES

Sailing

Endeavor Sailing offers three harbor sails daily with the last sail being a sunset sail. Cost is $45 per person or $65 per person for the sunset sail. 

You’re Up Watersports 

Provides parasailing, waterskiing, knee boarding and tubing experiences. 

SHOPPING SUGGESTIONS

Shopping on the island has evolved past “Nantucket reds” and paisley prints. Start at the men’s store Henley & Sloane on Federal Street, which sells English dress shirts in a variety of appealing patterns, along with its must-have trademark striped socks ($25 a pair).

Next door is the Charleston Shoe Company, known for its comfortable, handmade, machine-washable wedge called the Cannon ($135). The Skinny Dip sells a mix of men’s and women’s clothes from independent contemporary brands. Across from it is the ingredient-conscious pop-up cosmetics company Beautycounter, also a first-timer on Nantucket. (Don’t leave the island without a bar of their charcoal cleanser; $24.)

The swimwear brand Letarte on South Water Street sells boho chic bathing suits and cover-ups for women and girls. Stop by Bodega on Candle Street for the appealing mix of housewares, including such items as candles, place mats, picture frames and blankets.