Explore Nantucket Town!
Nantucket Town features world-class restaurants, boutiques, art galleries, inns, museums, tours, and historic sites. The cobblestones take you back to the Whaling Era, which is accented by the historic homes that line the streets. Nantucket's Town is centrally located on the island, and where the ferries depart and arrive. Loads of charm, history, and ocean views await.
This part of the island has the most to do no matter what your interests are. Here are a few must-do's:
The Whaling Museum to learn about our history, and how Nantucket was once the whaling capital of the world
The Nantucket Atheneum, our public library, and one of the oldest buildings on island
Stroll the wharf and sign up for a fishing charter, like Albacore Charters for tuna!
Sign up for a walking historical tour through Nantucket Historical Association
Visit the many galleries in Nantucket Town, such as the Artists Association
Murray's Toggery to try on a pair of iconic Nantucket Reds
Nantucket Looms on Main Street (ask to see their weaving studio upstairs!)
Nantucket Clothing Company for all your ACK-themed gear
Craftmasters for homemade leather goods and locally-made accessories
Core Nantucket for athletic gear (and pilates reformer classes!)
Languedoc for romantic, French cuisine
Ventuno for delicious, authentic Italian food
The Rose & Crown for daily entertainment and a fun American sports pub
The Club Car to dine in their iconic railway car
The Brotherhood of Thieves for a piece of Nantucket history (dine downstairs in their historic pub or upstairs in their recently renovated sushi bar)
Most of the waterfront in Town is dominated by the harbor, ferries, and wharves. A busy port for public and private boat use, the waters are calm with little to no waves. If you're looking for water, check out The Creeks at the end of Washington Street, where you can also find kayak and paddleboard rentals. Local restaurants also offer insane water views, and we suggest dining waterfront at Cru (one of the best lobster rolls!) or harborfront at Bar Yoshi.
Fun fact: Together with the small islands of Tuckernuck and Muskeget, it constitutes the Town and County of Nantucket, a combined county/town government that is part of the U.S. state of Massachusetts, the only consolidated town-county in Massachusetts.
Distance to the Beach: 1 mile