Rachel’s Nantucket Guidebook

Rachel

Rachel’s Nantucket Guidebook

Sightseeing
The 'Sconset Bluff Walk (also known as the Cliff Walk) is the most scenic path in Nantucket. It goes from the picturesque village of Siasconset—where small fishing cottages covered in roses cluster along the bluff—to Sankaty Head Lighthouse. This public walkway cuts in front of some of the most beautiful properties on the island. To one side, walkers see lavish summer homes, and to the other, the bluff down to the Atlantic Ocean.
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'Sconset Bluff Walk
27 Bank St
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The 'Sconset Bluff Walk (also known as the Cliff Walk) is the most scenic path in Nantucket. It goes from the picturesque village of Siasconset—where small fishing cottages covered in roses cluster along the bluff—to Sankaty Head Lighthouse. This public walkway cuts in front of some of the most beautiful properties on the island. To one side, walkers see lavish summer homes, and to the other, the bluff down to the Atlantic Ocean.
Brant point is a very small but powerful symbol of Nantucket. It greets you as you enter the harbor area and is there to bid you farewell. The tradition is to throw a penny toward the lighthouse on your departure to assure a safe return. Located right next to the Coast Guard base, it is a great place to watch the boat traffic and get some great pictures.
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Brant Point Lighthouse
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Brant point is a very small but powerful symbol of Nantucket. It greets you as you enter the harbor area and is there to bid you farewell. The tradition is to throw a penny toward the lighthouse on your departure to assure a safe return. Located right next to the Coast Guard base, it is a great place to watch the boat traffic and get some great pictures.
Managed by The Nantucket Historical Association. The Whaling Museum is a must-visit with 9 galleries and more than 1,000 artifacts and works of art. There is also a rooftop viewing area with unbelievable views of the harbor.
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Whaling Museum
13 Broad Street
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Managed by The Nantucket Historical Association. The Whaling Museum is a must-visit with 9 galleries and more than 1,000 artifacts and works of art. There is also a rooftop viewing area with unbelievable views of the harbor.
Shopping
Home of the Original Nantucket Reds!
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Murray's Toggery Shop
62 Main Street
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Home of the Original Nantucket Reds!
Souvenirs can be pricey on Nantucket. This gem is a great spot where you can find some discounted clothing and other Nantucket souvenirs.
The Sunken Ship
12 Broad St
Souvenirs can be pricey on Nantucket. This gem is a great spot where you can find some discounted clothing and other Nantucket souvenirs.
Bars/Music Scene
A Nantucket institution like no other. The Chicken Box is a bar featuring live music and an always unpretentious, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere. It will always be where people from all walks of life gather for fun and entertainment.
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The Chicken Box
12 Dave Street
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A Nantucket institution like no other. The Chicken Box is a bar featuring live music and an always unpretentious, friendly, and relaxing atmosphere. It will always be where people from all walks of life gather for fun and entertainment.
Right outside of town is this special Nantucket institution, where locals love to gather during the day to listen to live music and sample food truck fare and beer flights.
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Cisco Brewers
5 Bartlett Farm Road
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Right outside of town is this special Nantucket institution, where locals love to gather during the day to listen to live music and sample food truck fare and beer flights.
Beaches
Easy bike ride from town, good amount of parking, or take the NRTA shuttle bus in season; bus stops right at the beach. Great beach for families with young kids. Lifeguards, changing rooms, playground, restrooms, showers, restaurant and take-out food service (in season). Concession and restrooms handicap accessible; plastic mat running down center of the beach makes it easier to walk down the sand. The water is calm and warm, perfect for swimming.
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Jetties Beach
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Easy bike ride from town, good amount of parking, or take the NRTA shuttle bus in season; bus stops right at the beach. Great beach for families with young kids. Lifeguards, changing rooms, playground, restrooms, showers, restaurant and take-out food service (in season). Concession and restrooms handicap accessible; plastic mat running down center of the beach makes it easier to walk down the sand. The water is calm and warm, perfect for swimming.
This is one of the most popular beaches on Nantucket. Very family friendly though the surf can get heavy at times. Lifeguards are on duty in-season at this beach. Located at the end of Surfside Road, a three-mile ride on paved bike path or take the NRTA Shuttle in season. Easy to park your car in the lot near the beach, and this beach is easily accessible by bike path. Plenty of surf, wide beach is good for picnics, beach games, and surfcasting. Surfside is good for shelling in the early morning and popular in the evenings for surfcasting. Lifeguard, restrooms with diaper changing station, showers, food service.
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Surfside Beach
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This is one of the most popular beaches on Nantucket. Very family friendly though the surf can get heavy at times. Lifeguards are on duty in-season at this beach. Located at the end of Surfside Road, a three-mile ride on paved bike path or take the NRTA Shuttle in season. Easy to park your car in the lot near the beach, and this beach is easily accessible by bike path. Plenty of surf, wide beach is good for picnics, beach games, and surfcasting. Surfside is good for shelling in the early morning and popular in the evenings for surfcasting. Lifeguard, restrooms with diaper changing station, showers, food service.
At the far western end of the island, Madaket is a popular beach, especially for watching incredible sunsets. Sand is soft. The surf can be heavy, so check beach conditions. There are some lifeguards, but not the full length of the beach. No restrooms, and no food service, so bring a picnic . There is some parking. Madaket Beach is accessible by bike via a 5.5 mile paved bike path, or take the NRTA shuttle bus (seasonal).
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Madaket Beach
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At the far western end of the island, Madaket is a popular beach, especially for watching incredible sunsets. Sand is soft. The surf can be heavy, so check beach conditions. There are some lifeguards, but not the full length of the beach. No restrooms, and no food service, so bring a picnic . There is some parking. Madaket Beach is accessible by bike via a 5.5 mile paved bike path, or take the NRTA shuttle bus (seasonal).
Four-mile bike ride to end of Hummock Pond Road. Heavy surf; lifeguard (in season). No facilities. Occasionally foggy. Parking. Rip currents can be strong. Soft sand. This beach is very popular with surfers and young adults. Lack of facilities might make it less attractive to families with children, but be careful of undertow and rip tides.
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Cisco Beach
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Four-mile bike ride to end of Hummock Pond Road. Heavy surf; lifeguard (in season). No facilities. Occasionally foggy. Parking. Rip currents can be strong. Soft sand. This beach is very popular with surfers and young adults. Lack of facilities might make it less attractive to families with children, but be careful of undertow and rip tides.
Food scene
If you’re an ice cream lover, be sure to check out the Juice Bar, but make sure to go early as lines often run out the door into the street!
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The Juice Bar
12 Broad St
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If you’re an ice cream lover, be sure to check out the Juice Bar, but make sure to go early as lines often run out the door into the street!
Delicious, huge, fresh sandwiches. Awesome spot to relax and eat lunch on one of their picnic tables, or take your order to go and bike to a nearby beach.
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Something Natural
50 Cliff Road
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Delicious, huge, fresh sandwiches. Awesome spot to relax and eat lunch on one of their picnic tables, or take your order to go and bike to a nearby beach.
Oyster bar located in the middle of a hub of outdoor Nantucket restaurants and bars. It’s a quintessential experience located right at the end of the dock, and it’s the perfect place to soak in the local scene.
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Cru
1 Straight Wharf
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Oyster bar located in the middle of a hub of outdoor Nantucket restaurants and bars. It’s a quintessential experience located right at the end of the dock, and it’s the perfect place to soak in the local scene.
The Gazebo is a lively, open-side structure and the perfect spot for enjoying ocean breezes, cocktails and Nantucket summer days or nights.
The Gazebo at Harbor Square
4 Harbor Square
The Gazebo is a lively, open-side structure and the perfect spot for enjoying ocean breezes, cocktails and Nantucket summer days or nights.
An elevated farmers market with fine groceries, take-away, and a plentiful nursery that is a favorite for locals with herbs, flowers, and plants to take home.
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Bartlett's Farm
33 Bartlett Farm Road
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An elevated farmers market with fine groceries, take-away, and a plentiful nursery that is a favorite for locals with herbs, flowers, and plants to take home.