One of New England’s most popular destinations, Nantucket, is a 14-mile stretch located 30 miles off Cape Cod. The Magical island is famous for its iconic surf breaks and picturesque landscape.
With an eclectic atmosphere, refined food scene, and rich indigenous heritage, Nantucket has a surplus of good times to offer.
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Here are the bucket-list places, eat outs, and activities that make Nantucket a top-of-mind travel destination.
The island paradise is one of the most sought-after destinations thanks to its stunning beaches..
If you’re traveling with your brood, Children’s Beach and Jetties Beach on the north shore is perfect for the little ones. The waters are calm, and there is a tennis court, a large playground, a skate park, and volleyball nets to keep the kids entertained.
You can’t miss visiting Nantucket’s surfing gem, Surfside beach along the south shore. The rough surf and choppy waves are perfect for boogie boarding and body surfing.
Are you looking to escape the crowds but still awaken your adventurous spirit? Madaket Beach is the go-to place. Stroll along the endless shoreline with pillowy sand and picturesque views.
Adventure lovers can grab their surfboards and dive into the waters, but keep in mind the undertow is strong and the surf is choppy, so swimming is risky.
Visit the Whaling Museum
Nantucket Whaling Museum is something of a dreamscape itself. This impressive museum featuring fascinating displays spread across nine sprawling galleries, tells of Nantucket’s fascinating history over four centuries.
The Whaling Museum is a full-day affair, so if you’re planning to visit, set aside enough time to explore the culture-rich galleries, spotlight tours, featured exhibitions, films, and plays.
There’s a trove of eclectic collections to explore, with the main highlight being the skeleton of a massive 46-foot male sperm whale. After perusing the 1000+ impressive displays at the museum, head up to Tucker’s rooftop and take in the panoramic views of Nantucket harbor.
Tour Cisco Brewers
Touted as “the happiest place on earth,” Cisco Brewers is the place to be for a locally brewed ice-cold beer. Good times and great conversation with friends, Cisco serves fun vibes with every pint.
The Brewers has a diverse assortment of spontaneous beer styles ranging from vodkas, craft cocktails, rum, gin, bourbon, whiskey, and wine. Their recent debut includes a variety of uniquely flavored hard teas and seasonal specialties like Summer Rays golden ale and Pumple Drumkin pumpkin ale.
Cruise with Shearwater Excursions
Speaking of adventure, you can’t afford to leave Nantucket without boarding a cruise with Shearwater Excursions. You might not want to leave the cruise with the variety of thrilling activities on board. Take an oyster farm tour and learn everything about these tasty delicacies from farm to table.
Go off the road and explore the virgin areas of Nantucket and enjoy swimming and picnicking on a secluded beach. Up for more? Go on a cocktail cruise and take in the stunning views of the Nantucket Harbor while sipping on signature cocktails.
You can also book a spot on the ice cream cruise for some exotic flavorful ice cream while you learn about the rich history of the Nantucket harbor. Alternatively, join the exciting clamming excursion and book the kids for a fishing trip?
Nantucket’s Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center
Learn about the enviable culture of the island with a visit to the Nantucket Dreamland Film and Performing Arts Center. The center infuses education and entertainment in its fascinating educational programs, year-round films, and art.
Seated in the heart of downtown Nantucket, the 180-year-old Dreamland center is LEED-certified by the United States Green Building Council. The facility features a 314-seat Main Theater with a flexible theater and meeting space, a stunning Studio Theater, and Harborview Room.
On a foodie island like Nantucket, a restaurant has to be impeccable in service with a culinary flair to receive a deserving nod. But as for Millie’s, it earns a standing ovation.Millie’s is a haven for surf and turf diners and is more than your typical seafood eatery.
The menu features seaside dishes with a coastal flair and a variety of quirky cocktails. Try out their delicious yellowfin tuna poke or the fried whole belly clams and wash it down with the famous Madaket Mystery or Millie’s Margarita.
The Juice Bar
You can choose to have your ice cream stuffed in a cone or a cup, sandwiched in frappes, or blended in a smoothie. Thankfully, the Juice Bar understands this because their innovative ice cream collection tastes like pure nostalgia.
The Juice Bar is more than ice cream; the menu features an endless variety of smoothies, freshly squeezed juices, rich and delicious melt-in-your-mouth ice cream cakes and pies, cookies, brownies, and waffles cups. There is also an assortment of vegan ice cream flavors made with coconut milk if you’re looking for a sweet treat that’s extra healthy.
What’s your favorite go-to place in Nantucket? Are there any more exciting places to include in our Nantucket bucket-list? Share your suggestions below.