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The Coffin family is one of the oldest on the island of Nantucket; you will notice the family name here and there as you find your way around. Their starting point is the Jethro Coffin House, the oldest house on Nantucket. It has stood since 1686, and stands still, waiting to reveal its secrets to you. As it is part of the Nantucket Historical Association, admission can be gained through the Association's History Ticket, which can be purchased at the Whaling Museum. Guided tours are available on the half hour. You can buy a separate ticket for the Coffin House or get a combination ticket for the Whaling Museum and the other historic sites around the island. Admission to the Jethro Coffin House: $6 adults, $3 under 18. Combination Ticket: $18 adults, $15 seniors, $8 under 18.
Westward from Nantucket Town is the Madaket Bike Path, leading to the village and beaches of Madaket. Point to point about 5.5 miles, the entire stretch through the lush countryside is a scenic vista. The Madaket Bike Path culminates at Madaket Beach, just in time to catch the magnificent sunset it affords. For the more adventurous, there are two other bike paths branching out from here (the Cliff Road Path and the Eel Point/Dionis Beach Path). Nantucket is dotted with bike rental stores (Island Bike Rental,Young's Bicycle Shop, Easy Riders Bicycle Rentals) and most of them provide color coded maps of the trail.
One of the most photographed lighthouses in the United States, Brant Point Light Station is Nantucket Island's historic landmark. Though this iconic structure was established in 1746, it underwent numerous alterations through the ages, with its overall automation being one of the most notable events in its long and illustrious history. Armed with a powerful 5th-generation Fresnel lens, its signals have the capability of traveling distances up to 19 kilometers (12 miles). The monochromatic wooden tower that one sees today was built in the year 1901, and sits at Brant Point surveying all ferries, yachts and cruises from the mainland that pass its picturesque side on their way into the harbor.
This is a beach with a bit of everything within walking distance from Town. There are lifeguards, restrooms, and a concession stand with food and drinks and public phones. Being on the Nantucket Sound, the surf is mild and many families come to enjoy the beauty and safety of this beach. There is also a playground and volleyball net. The NRTA shuttle runs a beach loop to Surfside and Jetties Beach from June 15 until Labor Day.
Steps Beach is the unexplored beach of Nantucket. Set right in the middle of Nantucket's two famous beaches, Jetties and Dionis Beach, it is about 4 miles away from the town. As you walk through Cliff Road, a long and steep set of stairs are the entering points of the beach. The ocean waves brushing against the sand dunes offer a breath-taking view, and the serene environment and pristine waters will make you never want to leave! The beach front is remote and offers no lifeguards or facilities...so come prepared.
Bartlett's Farm in Nantucket is a family owned farm land that is being cultivated since more than two centuries. The farm offers the best quality and freshest produce throughout the year—this includes a variety of fruits and vegetables. There is a Garden Center where you can buy samplings and flowers. At the in-house market, you can buy organic food, herbs, pre-prepared meals and other ingredients to stock your kitchen. Check website for more details.