What to Do on Nantucket

Arts and Entertainment

  • 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.

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

Restaurants

  • 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, -2554
    (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.

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.

  • Jewel of the Isles
    6 Straight Wharf
    (508) 228-2448

    Well known for its selection of Nantucket jewelry, custom designs, and fine timepieces.

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