The New England Coast is flowing with some of the most idyllic shorelines in the country and our tiny Atlantic island doesn’t disappoint in sea sights. Explore the heart of the Atlantic’s boating culture when you discover all of the best Nantucket lighthouses. From the historical to the essential, tour all of them during your next trip to the island.
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Everything You Need to Know Before Embarking on Nantucket Lighthouses
Uncover the lighthouses that make Nantucket shine. From ferry-guiding Brant Point Lighthouse to the remote Great Point Lighthouse, you’ll have a blast roaming the paths of the island.
Brant Point Lighthouse
Established in 1746, Brant Point Lighthouse is one of the oldest operating lighthouses in the country. The historic light is located closest to Downtown Nantucket and is easy to find. It’s one of the first sights you’ll see as you pull in from the ferry. When you visit, be sure to pack a picnic and plan to spend the day searching for seashells and watching the boats come into the harbor.
Did you know? The same lantern installed in 1901 is still in use.
Great Point Lighthouse
Great Point Lighthouse is the largest of the island’s lighthouses and stands as the official Nantucket light. It was built in 1784 on the northernmost part of the island and guides ships coming into Boston Harbor away from the tiny isle.
Its remote location allows for an exciting outdoor adventure through waving seagrass and sugary sands. Jeep-goers are welcome to ride the shores here with a beach permit.
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
The white and red striped Sankaty Head Light is one of Nantucket’s most recognizable lighthouses. It was built in 1850 and was the first lighthouse in the United States to receive a composite compact Fresnel lens. The light diverts ships away from the rocky coastline of Eastern Nantucket. It’s also one of the most treasured views of the Sankaty Head Golf Club.
Nantucket Cliff Range Lights
The Nantucket Cliff Range Lights are a series of small lighthouses installed to guide ships into the Nantucket harbor. The iconic “Cheaper By the Dozen” Gilbreth family owns the remaining lights and guests are welcome to tour the fields that house the lights. None of the lighthouses are currently in working order, as Brant Point now serves as Nantucket Harbor’s guiding light.
Come Back to the Comforts of the Anchor Inn
After a day of exploring Nantucket’s iconic lighthouses, you’ll be ready to rest your feet at the Anchor Inn. Book your stay in the James Arnold Room and enjoy a queen-size bed, 100% cotton linens, and Malin and Goetz bath products. Each morning of your stay, indulge in our complimentary continental breakfast on the patio.
One of the unique characteristics of our charming island is the ability to walk or bike (almost) anywhere you want to go. Leave our Downtown hideaway and explore all of the best shops, restaurants, beaches, and landmarks along your way. We can’t wait to welcome you to Nantucket!