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The island of Nantucket is just 3 ½ by 4 miles wide and lies 30 miles south of Cape Cod. Nantucket Town, which features cobblestone streets, gas lanterns, and red-bricked facades, is remarkably unchanged from early days. This is a walking town with unique shops, great restaurants and beautiful homes. Outside the town, you will find ponds, inlets and sandy beaches, along with weather-shingled houses and sea captains’ homes adorned with blue hydrangeas and arbor-climbing roses. The best way to enjoy and explore Nantucket is by bicycle. There are extensive bike trails.
Nantucket boasts more than 80 miles of beaches (many of them open to the public free of charge). Siaconset Village (‘sconset) is the furthest place east in the United States. Polpis features ponds, marshes, and moors. Surfside and Madaket are the chosen spot for surfers. Wauwinet boasts a wooded area of tall pines.
In 1659, Thomas Mayhew purchased Nantucket. At the time 3000 Native Americans lived on the island. Mayhew taught settlers which crops to grow and how to spear whales from the shore. In 1712, Captain Hussey harpooned the first sperm whale. There began Nantucket’s whaling industry. At one time Nantucket produced sufficient whale oil to light the majority of all oil lamps.
Villages in Nantucket
Nantucket / Siaconset / Polpis / Surfside / Madaket / Wauwinet.
TOP THINGS TO DO AND SEE ON NANTUCKET
- Nantucket Whaling Museum
- African Meeting House
- Brant Point Lighthouse
- Coatue Reserve
- Great Point Lighthouse
- Historic Main Street
- Maria Mitchell Association
- Nantucket Atheneum
- Sankaty Head Lighthouse
- Siasconset Village/Cliff Walk
- The Nantucket Boat Basin
- The Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum
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