Cape Cod of Massachusetts is surrounded by a multitude of islands, each more fascinating that the one before. Once a thriving whaling hub, the minuscule island of Nantucket, outside of Cape Cod, is now a treasured attraction! There are countless things to do in Nantucket, from savoring an exquisite meal while enjoying views of the waterfront to learning about the region’s stories and tales of the past through interesting historic sites. Treat yourself to a glimpse of what this region has in store and start planning your day trip from Cape Cod today!
4 of the Best Things to Do in Nantucket
Adventure in the Great Outdoors
Sandy beaches, towering lighthouses, and winding trails set the scene for an incredible adventure throughout Nantucket! The Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge is the ideal spot for any nature lover; here, you can observe raptors, deer, and coastal birds in their natural habitat of salt marshes and sand dunes. Sixteen miles of various trails are found here as well, great for walking, hiking, or biking. Three lighthouses can be found throughout Nantucket as well: Great Point Light, Brant Point Light, and Sankaty Head Light. These iconic landmarks of New England provide breathtaking, panoramic views from their summits! Soaking up the sun is another beloved Nantucket activity; this area has numerous beaches, meant for enjoying the sand and surf!
Enjoy Delicious Dining
No day trip is complete without a hearty meal! There are countless restaurants in Nantucket worth visiting. Boarding House is an elegant spot serving upscale New American cuisine in an elegant environment (and be sure to try their weekend brunch!). If you are a seafood addict, you’ll find the freshest catch at The Pearl; from sushi to fried shrimp, this seafood joint creates incredible, mouthwatering dishes and decadent desserts. For a classy dining experience, visit the American Seasons, an alluring restaurant that specializes in using locally-grown ingredients to make their delectable menu items.
Delve into Cultural History
An island rich in history, Nantucket contains a myriad of museums and historic sites to explore. Nantucket’s abundant historic homes date back all the way to the 1800s; this beautiful architecture is a great way to observe this island’s intriguing past. The Nantucket Whaling Museum is another local favorite; here, you’ll see everything from prized paintings to preserved skeletons. This museum also includes exhibitions, an observation deck, and a restored candle factory from 1847.
Stay in the Best Accommodations
Complete your New England getaway by booking a room in the best lodging possible! Chatham Gables Inn, a charming bed and breakfast in Cape Cod, has everything you need to make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Each of our luxurious rooms are equipped with the finest amenities to provide you with a relaxing and comfortable environment. Choose from venturing out to the surrounding areas, like trying some of the many things to do at Martha’s Vineyard, or simply unwind in our beautiful, waterfront haven. Don’t waste another minute; check our availability online right now to start planning your dream getaway to Cape Cod!
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