Scenic beaches. Historic cobblestone streets. Great shopping, dining, and drinking. Nantucket has it all, making it a perfect summer vacation. Read on to discover the best way to visit Nantucket, MA and experience the New England destination like a local.

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The Best Way to Visit Nantucket MA

Nantucket is every beach lover’s dream and guaranteed to be a trip you won’t forget. Start planning the ultimate vacation with our guide to the best way to visit Nantucket, MA.

  • How to Get To Nantucket

Steamship Authority and Hy-Line Cruises are the two central ferry systems that transport locals and visitors alike to and from the island. Both offer high-speed options, but if you want to tote your vehicle along, you’ll want to catch the Steamship. Seastreak also offers service between Nantucket and New York, New Jersey, and New Bedford, Connecticut. Ferries are the best way to get excited for your arrival in Nantucket as you float through the gentle waves into the wide-open ocean. Learn more about Nantucket’s ferry services before you travel!

Flights are also available to Nantucket Memorial Airport from Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., and other small airports in New England and make an easy, efficient way to get to the island.

  • What To Do

There are endless things to do on Nantucket. Whether your vacation type is relaxing on the beach or exploring the coast, there is something special waiting for you on island.

Biking is a great way to see the island in its purest form. Grab a bike from Young’s and ride to some of the most scenic destinations in the world. Or book a Nantucket bike tour and let the professionals show you around. Either way, you’ll want to plan your two-wheel adventure before you get to the island.

Plan a trip to Jetties or Steps Beach for a lazy day in the sand. Nantucket’s beaches are some of the best in the world because of the cliffside views and gorgeous dunes. Children’s Beach, located inside of the Nantucket Sound, is the ideal spot to enjoy a swim for all skill levels.

It’s no secret that Nantucket boasts some of the best restaurants and bars in the world. Grab a drink at The Gaslight and enjoy an intimate setting with daily live music. Check out Galley Beach for a fruity cocktail and your toes in the sand.

  • Where to Stay

Combine neighborly hospitality with a convenient downtown location at Anchor Inn. Book your stay in the second-story Horatio Room and enjoy a plush queen-size bed, and in-room washbasin (along with private bathroom), luxurious Malin + Goetz bath products, and a complimentary breakfast each morning of your stay.

All of our guests can take advantage of our five-star amenities like our beach service, including beach towels and chairs, and our friendly concierge service who hold all of the best kept Nantucket secrets. Let us introduce you to Nantucket this year!