What to Do on Nantucket

Arts and Entertainment

  • Susan A. Lee Photography

    12 South Beach Street

    (508) 901-5877

    Since she was 9 years old, Susan A. Lee has had a special love of photography.  As a Nantucket resident of 37 years, she has an intimate knowledge of the island and its special places. Nationally published and featured on HGTV, as well as being an accomplished watercolorist, Susan brings a unique element to her photography.

  • Offers art classes for adults, teens and children.

  • Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery
    19 Washington Street
    (508) 228-0294

    This downtown gallery features paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and drawings of local island artists.

  • Old Spouter
    118 Orange Street
    (508) 325-9988

    Offers a variety of creative styles to enjoy.
  • Galleryblue
    20 & 21 Old South Wharf
    (508) 228-9929

    Out of the ordinary Nantucket art.

  • Dane Gallery
    28 Centre Street
    (508) 228-7779

    Representing leading artists in contemporary glass, ceramics, basketry and wood.

  • Cavalier Galleries
    34 Main Street
    (508) 325-4405

    The downtown gallery features paintings, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and drawings of local island artists.

  • Starlight Theatre & Cafe
    One North Union Street
    (508) 228-4479

    This cafe shows movies year round, and has a full service bar and lunch & dinner menu.

  • The Nantucket Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center
    17 South Water Street
    (508) 228-1784

    Offers year round movies, concerts, theater performances and functions.

Beaches

  • Jetties Beach

     

    An easy bike ride from town. NRTA WAVE bus service is available (summer only). Great for families: changing rooms, playground, public tennis courts and a boardwalk to the beach. Windsurfing, sailboat, and kayak lessons and rentals available. Beach-accessible wheelchairs also available. (Lifeguard, Parking, Restrooms, Food, Accessible to those with disabilities, Phone, Showers and Equipment Rentals)

  • Brant Point

    Easy walk or bike ride. No lifeguard. Strong current – experienced swimmers only. Scenic beach beside Brant Point Lighthouse; a pleasant spot to watch the boats rounding the Point.

  • Children’s Beach

    On the harbor, an easy walk from town. Ideal for small children: parks, playground, picnic tables and bandstand. Free G-rated movies Friday nights at dusk, and free concerts 6:00-7:15 pm Sundays. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Food, Parking, Showers)

  • Dionis

    Three miles by bike from town. Sheltered by dunes, calm waters for swimming, safe for children. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Parking, Showers)

  • Francis Street Beach

    Five-minute walk from Main Street. Calm harbor waters for wading; no lifeguard. Turtle climb, kayak rentals.

  • Surfside

    At the end of Surfside Road, a 2.2-mile ride on paved bike path or via NRTA WAVE bus service (summer only). Good beach for families: picnics, kite flying, beach games, and surfcasting after 5 PM. Surf can be heavy. Beach-accessible wheelchairs available. (Lifeguard, Phone, Restrooms, Food, Parking, Equipment Rentals, Showers, Accessible to those with disabilities)

  • Miacomet

    At the end of Miacomet Road. Heavy surf. (Lifeguard, Parking)

  • Cisco

    Four-mile bike ride to the end of Hummock Pond Road. Heavy surf. (Lifeguard, Parking)

  • Madaket

    As far west as you can go! Regular NRTA WAVE bus service or 5.5-mile bike ride on scenic, paved bike path. Heavy surf. Food available nearby. Famous for viewing sunsets. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Food, Parking)

  • Siasconset

    Regular NRTA WAVE shuttle service or 6-mile ride on paved bike path. Surf can be heavy. Food and restrooms available in nearby village of ‘Sconset. (Lifeguard, Restrooms, Food, Parking)

Biking

  • Cisco Beach
    Hummock Pond Road
    Nantucket, 02554

    This is the “surfing beach” on island. Located at the end of the Hummock Pond Bike Path, you can bike here as well as drive.

Children’s Activities

  • Cheryl Fudge Fashion Camp
    24 Easy Street
    (508) 228-9155

    Offered exclusively in Nantucket and Santa Monica, CA, clothing designer Cheryl Fudge holds summer camps that teach the basic principles of clothing design and fashion to aspiring fashionistas of all ages.  Campers design the pieces, pick the fabrics and embellishments and the counselors do the sewing.   These workshops are a unique chance to expand your child’s sense of creativity and style in a fun and encouraging atmosphere.  Students get to take home their designs and sometime even model them on the Cheryl Fudge runway. 

  • Taught primarily at the Children’s Beach Bandstand, lifetime student of the performing arts Marjory Trott teaches Dance(sing) Movement and Yoga classes for Kids.  Marjory has been teaching at this location since 1995 with the vision to encourage playful and joyous exploration of movement and music.  Her classes are sure to put a smile on you and your childs face.  Marjory is also available for private parties and can often be found teaching at the Atheneum.

  • Dreamland Theater
    17 South Water Street
    (508) 332- 4822

    The Dreamland Theater has summer programs for Children’s Theater Education. Please visit their website to find out the range of different classes they offer for kids of all ages. A great opportunity for children and teens who are interested in acting and the theater.

  • Maria Mitchell Association
    Four Vestal Street
    (508) 228-9198

    A non-profit dedicated to preserving the legacy of Nantucket native astronomer, naturalist and librarian Maria Mitchell.  Through its two observatories, natural science museum, science center and aquarium, Maria Mitchell connects students to the outdoor world by investigating and exploring our local ecosystems. The Discovery program for children offers week-long camps that are thematically organized to explore all aspects of our local ecosystems.  From Wild and Wacky Wetlands to Bodacious Bugs to Arts and Oceans, there are camps for all different ages and interests.  Also check- out the drop in programs, nature walks and field trips.

  • Murray Camp on Nantucket has been providing kids with fun programs and positive experience for two decades. This camp provides a place for children to learn, make new friends and have fun with a responsible and positive staff.

  • Nantucket Atheneum Children’s Programs
    One India Street
    (508) 228-1110

    The Weezie Children’s Library is a great place to visit on a rainy day.  The Children’s space is a cozy and fun place to hang out while you decide which books you want to bring home with you.  Additionally, the library offers free programs run on a first come first serve basis.  Story times, crafts, music and dance classes for all ages of children.

  • Nantucket Island School of Art and Design (NISDA)
    71 Washington Street
    (508) 228-4485

    Located on the serene Seaview Farm in Wauwinet, NISDA strives to share the spirit and creativity of the Arts with children and teens.  With KinderArt classes for the little ones and more advanced visual arts classes for tweens and teens.  A diverse offering of photography, jewelry, textiles, ceramics, painting, drawing and more, NISDA classes are a great opportunity to learn some studio techniques and explore your creative side while on island.

  • NTW is an organization dedicated to promoting the performing arts in our island community.  Through workshops, educational programs, events and many wonderful productions the Nantucket Theater Workshop has flourished as an on and off-season resource.  Every summer season the group presents a production by and for children.  Stay tuned as summer approaches for further dates and details.

  • Strong Winds Adventure School
    Nine Nobadeer Farm Road
    (508) 228-1769

    Strong Wings offers year round programming but is perhaps best known for it’s summer adventure camps.  Campers will explore all parts of the island’s beaches, forests, hills and ponds as they navigate the outdoors with experienced counselors who have backgrounds in ecology, wildlife sciences, environmental students and outdoor recreation.  Older students travel by bike and younger students by van.  The Strong Wings Outdoor School has its own high-ropes  challenge course and outdoor rock-climbing wall which are used to help campers build strength, trust and confidence in themselves and their peers.  Check out their website for a comprehensive list of summer programs.

  • Since 1945, the Nantucket Boys & Girls Club has been helping kids succeed through every walk of life. The Club means something different to every child who comes through our doors. Not just an afterschool program, we are a valuable resource; a helping hand, a place for organized athletics, a friend to talk to, a place to finish your last minute homework assignment, an opportunity to be creative, a place to seek guidance from a trusted mentor, and an overall safe place for our island’s children.

  • Their mission is to engage people of all ages in the joy of sailing, offering access to all Nantucket’s youth, and teaching every participant in our programs enduring life and leadership skills, with a deep respect for the marine environment.

Fishing

Golf

  • Nantucket Golf Club
    250 Milestone Road, Siasconset
    (508) 257-8500

    Private Club

  • Miacomet Golf Club
    12 W. Miacomet Road
    (508) 325-0333

    Public course and driving range

  • Sankaty Head Golf Club
    Sankaty Road, Siasconset
    (508) 257-6655

    Private Club

  • Siasconset Golf
    260 Milestone Road, Siasconset
    (508) 257-6596

    Public Course

Island Transportation

  • Affordable Rentals has been Nantucket’s favorite car rental and Jeep rental for over 30 years.  We are located in  downtown Nantucket close to the Steamship Authority and Hyline Ferries We are across the street from the Nantucket Yacht Club.  Our customers do not have to pay Nantucket Airport rental taxes or fees(20%).  Affordable Rentals fleet of vehicles is ready to complete your Nantucket vacation.

  • Harvey A. Young started Young’s Bicycle Shop from the backyard of his home on Nantucket in 1931. The store moved to lower Broad Street in the early 1930s and to our present location in 1938. Twenty years later his son, Roger A. Young took over the family business. Roger continued to provide quality bikes with exceptional customer service and a finely honed sense of humor.

Fine Dining

  • The Club Car
    1 Main St. (Easy St.)
    Nantucket, 02554
    (508) 228-1101

    The Club Car has been a prominent restaurant on Nantucket since the sixties. The fine French cuisine and substantial wine list are sure to please. The piano bar, which is located in a 19th century railway car,  is a lively addition where singing and dancing are a regular occurrence on summer nights.

  • Topper’s
    120 Wauwinet Rd. (Squam Rd.)
    Nantucket, 02554
    (508) 228-8768

    This exclusive restaurant is located in Nantucket’s historic, secluded Wauwinet Inn. To get here, you can take a water taxi from town (arranged through the Inn) or take a scenic drive down Polpis Road and see more of the island. Enjoy the incredible cuisine and superb wine selection in a charming, serene dining room or on the elegant patio overlooking the garden and harbor.

  • Galley Beach
    54 Jefferson Ave. (N. Beach St.)
    Nantucket, 02554
    (508) 228-9641

    Located at the end of Jefferson Avenue next to the Cliffside Beach Club, The Galley is not to be missed. Whether it is their fabulous brunch or luxurious dinner, the food never disappoints and neither does the view. There are tables on the beach where you can enjoy the spectacular menu with your toes in the sand, and at dinner you can view the breathtaking sunsets from your table.

  • The Brant Point Grill
    50 Easton St. (Harbor View Way)
    Nantucket, 02554

    The picturesque location of The Brant Point Grill is a treat itself. Overlooking Nantucket Harbor, you can sit inside or outside in the garden and enjoy an array of local seafood and a large selection of steaks. Their brunch is popular as well as happy hour in the early evening with raw bar specials.

  • Cru
    1 Straight Wharf
    Nantucket, -02554
    (508) 228-9278

    In the spot that the Ropewalk was for years, the owners of Cru have renovated the spot and made it a great place to sit on the harbor and watch the boats come and go, while enjoying some of the best seafood Nantucket has to offer. Raw bar is their specialty, with an assortment of oysters from all over the world to choose from. The menu consists of traditional New England fare, and they have an extensive wine list to match it. There is seating inside and out, and reservations are recommended.

  • American Seasons

    80 Centre Street, Nantucket, 02554
    508-228-7111

    Chef/Owner Neil Ferguson of American Seasons brings his 25 years of experience from Paris, London and New York City to Nantucket. Neil carries on the tradition of this Island favorite, focusing on seasonal, local and thoughtfully prepared ingredients.

  • Le Languedoc 

    508.228.2552

    The Languedoc’s cuisine is based on classic French techniques, yet influence and elegance is drawn from the freshest, most exquisite ingredients from Nantucket, New England, and around the world. We believe in simple uncomplicated food, perfect execution, and clean presentation – each dish is meant to bring out the pure flavors of its ingredients.

  • Straight Wharf Restaurant

    Celebrating the heritage of 42 years, we seek to serve food that speaks of this place, the culture of Nantucket island, re-interpreting summer classics as food you’d like to eat at the beach, and serving it with a great sense of warmth & hospitality.

  • Dune 

    20 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA 02554                          (508) 228.5550

     

    Modern chic meets casual comfort in the heart of Nantucket

  • The Summer House Restaurant is known not only for its picturesque Siasconset location but also for its imaginative contemporary cuisine and outstanding wine list. Dinner each evening is an event – subdued lighting, flickering candles, fresh flowers and the music from the Piano Bar combine to create an atmosphere of days gone by and the true romance that is Nantucket.

  • Chanticleer 

    (508)257.4499

    Originally opened as a small tea house at the turn of the century, The Chanticleer is now one of the premier restaurants on Nantucket.

  • Ships Inn 

    (508)228.0040

    Located in an historic whaling captain’s mansion built in 1831, the dining room and lounge are below street level and have an updated colonial atmosphere. It’s the perfect choice for an evening out with friends, or for a more romantic experience in one of restaurant’s cozy alcoves.

  • Lola 41 

    (508)325.4001

    Lola 41 is a unique restaurant in Nantucket, MA specializing in cuisines from the 41st parallel. Fun, upbeat atmosphere .

  • Station 21 

    (508)228.2121

    New in 2016, gorgeous atmosphere and beautiful presentation.

  • Greydon House 

    (508) 228-2468

    New in 2017, a table for locals and wanderers alike. Led by Executive Chef Marcus Gleadow-Ware (from Michelin-starred Aureole), the Greydon House restaurant and bar brings you a simple menu with a progressive take on the American classics that the people of Nantucket have embraced for centuries.

  • 29 Fair Street

    (508)228.7800

    29 Fair brings the countryside to town, in their intimate, historic Nantucket inn through outstanding Mediterranean dishes, that range from fresh seafood to inspired pizzas; the fare is enhanced by the setting, where antique wooden plank floors and beamed ceilings lit by candles create the feeling that some revolutionary from a bygone era might gallop through the door at any moment

  • The Boarding House 

    508.228.9622

    The Boarding House is situated in the heart of Nantucket’s historic downtown; the glowing cellar dining room, lovely patio, and lively bar continually deliver stellar dinners, great drinks, and Best of Boston award-winning weekend brunch.

  • The Pearl 

    508.228.9701

    This island gem by Seth and Angela Raynor, owners of the Boarding House. The Pearl is focused on current coastal cuisine showcasing seasonal shellfish and seafood, produce from Island farmers and heritage meats. Executive-chef, Seth Raynor creates a seasonal menu that showcases modern translations of exotic flavors inspired by off-season travels.

Family- Friendly Dining

  • The Tavern

    (508)228.1266

    The Tavern is open May through October everyday for lunch at 11:30, and offers a wide variety of food from burgers and sandwiches to soups and salad, sure to please everyone. We are very family-friendly, and offer a children’s menu, highchairs and booster seats, stroller parking, and prompt service for those running on empty or rushing to catch the next boat.

  • Millie’s 

    326 Madaket Rd
    Nantucket, MA
    (508) 228-8435

    The beloved  Nantucket Escape, as featured in the New York Times, Boston Globe, and Town & Country.

  • Sandbar at Jetties

    4 Bathing Beach Road
    Nantucket, MA 02554
    info@jettiessandbar.com

    Sandbar at Jetties Beach offers the quintessential beachfront experience – with a spacious, open-air restaurant and bar and plentiful seating in the surrounding sand, we welcome you to enjoy a wonderfully fresh raw bar, delicious burgers and sandwiches, and traditional clambakes.

  • Black-eyed Susan’s

    (508)325.0308

    cozy breakfast spot, unique menu, a nantucket favorite!

     

  • Fog Island Cafe

    (508)228.1818

    right in the center of town, this diner serves American style breakfast and lunch.

  • Centre Street Bistro

    (508)228.8470

    Creative cuisine on Nantucket with an intimate dining room and in season patio seating. Serving dinner, lunch and breakfast on weekends. B.Y.O.B. We are open year-round.

  • Lola Burger 

    (508)228.9491

    Lola Burger, the popular spin-off of Nantucket landmark “Lola 41°” is located at 1 Sparks Ave, Nantucket, MA. Starting in 2008, Lola Burger began serving up the finest quality burgers available anywhere in the world. Now Lola Burger is all grown up and has moved to its new location by the Rotary. Now serving up a selection of 25-30 different craft beers with its famous burgers!

  • Fusaro’s 

    (508)228.4100

     

    Since opening its doors Fusaro’s has been about family, superior service and excellent homemade Italian Food. Family owned and operated Fusaro’s has created a homey, rustic menu that goes beyond meatballs and pasta.

Grab-'N-Go

  • Lemon Press 

    508.228.3800

    Lemon Press is about encompassment. Our mission is to simply give the community access to healthy informational and nutritional tools in order for you to unlock your full potential. An office favorite here at Lee!

  • The Corner table 

    22 Federal Street
    Nantucket, MA
    (508)228-COOK (2665)

    The Corner Table Cafe provides delicious and nutritious snacks, meals, and treats inspired by our love of seasonal ingredients and local products. Another regular spot for our brokers!

  • Walter’s

    10 Broad Street
    Nantucket
    Massachusetts, 02554

    (508) 228-0010

    expertly crafted sandwiches right on the strip, quick and convenient.

  • 31 Main Street, right at the heart of downtown Nantucket! The hub is always bustling with activity and offers a full coffee beverage bar accompanied with snacks, pastries, and bagels!

  • The Juice Bar

    12 Broad Street, Nantucket, MA , 02554

    Crowds flock to this unassuming depot for homemade ice cream & waffle cones plus healthy juice. Worth the wait – A MUST GO NANTUCKET TRADITION!

Shopping

  • Parchment
    11 Washington Street
    (508) 228-4110

  • Mitchells Book Corner
    54 Main Street
    (508) 228-1080

    This classic island bookstore is known for its complete selection of Nantucket books and more.
  • Nantucket Clothing Company
    6 South Water Street
    (508) 228-3356

    This T-Shirt shop has it all! Stop by and pick up a Nantucket sweatshirt, whether it’s your first or you’re just adding to the collection. Fabulous selection of colors and styles.

  • Murray’s Toggery Shop 

    508.228.0437
    62 Main Street, Nantucket 02554

    Home of the original Nantucket Reds

  • Eye of the Needle

     

    Nothing says classic ACK style like Eye of the Needle, owned by Karen Starr Golov. From the boat to the beach, this trusted island boutique has been showcasing the hottest trends from St. Barth’s to St. Tropez to Nantucket and beyond for the past thirty years.

  • located right on main street, Vis-a- vis offers a wide selection of jewelry, shoes, and women’s clothing.

Watersports

  • Sailing Lessons

    Nantucket Community Sailing
    Four Winter Street
    (508) 228-6600

  • Surfing Lessons

    Nantucket Island Surf School
    Cisco Beach
    (508) 560-1020

  • Paddle Board and Kayak Rentals

    Sea Nantucket Kayak Rentals

    Francis Street Beach at Washington Street Extension
    (508) 228-7499
  • Watersports

    You’re Up! Watersports

    Nantucket Town Pier
    Slip #83,
    34 Washington Street
    (508) 332-0557
    Parasailing, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kneeboarding and Tubing.

  • Scuba Lessons and Dive Charters

    The Sunken Ship
    12 Broad Street
    (508) 228-9226