Summer in Nantucket: Things to Do and See

The dog days of summer are upon us and if you’re looking for a place for a quick getaway, consider spending it in Nantucket, an isolated island just 30 miles by ferry from Cape Cod. Visitors planning to spend part of their summer in Nantucket will find themselves adequately pampered and spoiled. In addition to its picturesque beach setting, the island also has a reputation for first class service since most of its frequent visitors include the upper middle class from cities such as New York and Boston. Soak up the sun in one of its golden sandy beaches and admire the well-preserved architecture of this once popular whaling town.

Summer in Nantucket: Things to Do and See


Great Point Lighthouse, Summer in Nantucket
Great Point Lighthouse

The island, despite its size, has a few lighthouses worth visiting. Great Point, located on the northernmost point, is probably the most remote but also the best on the island. Tucked within the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, you’ll need to rent or drive a 4×4 vehicle to get to this spot. Your reward however is a pristine view of the sea amidst windswept dunes and waving marsh grasses. Dozens of sea birds and harbor seals are also frequent visitors.

Summer in Nantucket, Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Sankaty Head Lighthouse

On the opposite end is Brant Point Lighthouse. Located on the southern tip of Nantucket, it was established in 1746 to protect the island’s growing whaling economy. The current structure is the 10th version of the original. There’s also the Sankaty Head Lighthouse, which sits on the easternmost point of the island. To get there, you’ll pass through the scenic Sconset Bluff Walk. Along the way, visitors will catch a glimpse of small fishing cottages as well as some of the most beautiful properties on the island.

Summer in Nantucket: Beaches

Madaket Beach, Summer in Nantucket
Madaket Beach

Summer in Nantucket means hanging out on one of its pristine beaches. Ladies Beach, the rugged and secluded section on the southwest edge of the island is a favorite among surfers and folks with four-legged family members. Madaket Beach to the west is more relaxed and a great place to watch the sun set. Surfside Beach on the south shore is popular with families and boogie boarders. The amenity-filled beach has places to rent umbrellas and chairs, as well as a variety of eateries with views of the ocean.


Whaling Museum, Summer in Nantucket
Nantucket Whaling Museum

Nantucket has several small boutique museums but the most famous and must-see of them all is the Nantucket Whaling Museum. Considering the island was once an infamous whaling capital, the museum features a number of artifacts related to Nantucket during its whaling days. Visitors staying in Nantucket are welcomed to the museum by a carefully preserved skeleton of a 46-foot sperm whale. The museum also has rotating exhibits that often feature local artists.

About Iris A


Born in the Philippines, but grew up in Texas, Iris has been traveling and writing about her experiences for well over a decade. Her work has been published on well-known travel sites like Hipmunk (#hipmunkcitylove) and D Magazine Online Travel Club. She has been all over Europe, the US, and has recently started exploring Latin America. She loves trying local cuisine and visiting UNESCO deemed World Heritage sites. Her favourite city is New York, with London, following a close 2nd. You can follow her on Twitter @sundeeiris or through her travel blog, Traveling With Iris.

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