Nantucket’s terrain includes beaches, off-road trails, sand dunes and miles of coastline. The island is ideal for a variety of outdoor pastimes during the spring, summer and fall.
BEACHES & SWIMMING
Nantucket has more than 80 miles of pristine beaches.
- Walk to: Brant Point, Children's and Jetties Beaches.
- Drive to: Surfside, Madaket and Siasconset Beaches.
- Bike to: Dionis and Cisco Beaches.
BIKE PATHS AND JOGGING TRAILS
Nantucket offers 8 scenic trails ranging from 2.5 miles to 8 miles. These paved paths are clearly marked, and are open to bicycles and foot traffic only.
Nantucket waters are among the nation’s cleanest and offer some of the Northeast’s finest fishing. Striped bass and bluefish are plentiful, and North Atlantic giant bluefin tuna are caught within 30 miles of Nantucket. Shellfish such as mussels, blue claw crabs, and quahogs may also be harvested with a permit.
Nantucket has one of the country’s largest historic districts with buildings dating back to the late 1600s. The island’s many museums highlight Nantucket’s whaling heritage and marine life. The second oldest lighthouse in America is located at Brant Point.
Shopping And Dining
Nantucket has an array of shops, boutiques and galleries. In addition to its quaint cobblestone main street and charming storefronts, Nantucket has many restaurants that offer both casual and fine dining all in short walking distance to the boat basin.