There are 92 steps to the top of the tower of the First Congregational Church and though not air conditioned, visitors always seem to find the climb worth the effort. The windowed tower offers views in all directions; from the red and white stripes of Sankaty Lighthouse to the brick and cobblestone quaintness of Nantucket Town directly below. A collection of historic photographs and artifacts are on display on a mezzanine level, providing a nice, informative, resting stop on the climb up. A donation is requested.
Keeping the island's history alive is the goal of the Nantucket Historical Association. Many of the museums and historical sites on Nantucket fall under the NHA's umbrella, which makes it an excellent place to start when taking a tour of the island. Purchase a membership to receive admission to all of the NHA's sites and immerse yourself in the island's past. Individual memberships provide far more benefits other than just museum entrance fees.
You didn't come to Nantucket to sit in the sun all day or to shop. No, you came because you want to catch one gigantic trophy fish for your wall. Monomoy Charters can help you achieve that dream. They offer the opportunity to fish from the deck of a 31 foot Bertram Sportfish, the perfect place to reel in that striper you've been dreaming of. E-mail Monomoy Charters for current rates.
Like Jetties Beach, Surfside Beach is considered a great family destination with all the fixings for a great beach day, including some decent surf. Lifeguards, restrooms, public phone, parking and a food stand are amongst the amenities found at Surfside. If you don't have your own car on the Island, you can take the Nantucket Regional Transit Authority (NRTA) shuttle bus from town or bike along the 3 mile Surfside Bike Path directly to the beach.
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.
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.
A summer colony and a favorite among the tourists, Nantucket is all about life in the easy lane. Its where you head to when you need a break from the tiring routines of life and to unwind. The scenic beauty of beaches dotting the city promise great sunset views and a lot of leisurely fun. Apart from the regular activities of fishing, boating and surfing, Nantucket is home to a lot of natural beauty such as the Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge, the various ponds, Popsquatchet hills and also swamps. Just another day to spend around the wonders of nature, Nantucket makes it happen for all who come here.
The Whaling Museum is an educational and informative museum that is located in the heart of Nantucket. It provides information on the history of Nantucket as a city. The museum is managed and run by the Nantucket Historical Association. The visit begins with a movie clip followed by a presentation and the tour. Visitors can go through several exhibits, artifacts, elements, articles and other piece of information related to Nantucket city. The museum can be visited until 29th October, 2017. A great place for school kids, historians and researchers.
The buildings in the Historic District of Nantucket reflect all the charm of an old New England town. It is here where every nook, every alleyway, and every antiquated cottage coyly croons the secrets of the neighborhood's storied past. Its ocean-side Historic District is touted to be one of the oldest in the country. Although the dainty, wood-built buildings may not be the most scenic, their very fabric weaves together stories which date back as far as the 17th Century, some also lending insights into the Civil War. At this olden district, modest, pastel-hued shops, bed and breakfast inns, and traditional restaurants lie strewn across the winding, cobbled lanes, as well as Main Street, a major thoroughfare of the area. Mornings spill into afternoons at this antiquated quarter which is a heartwarming slice of American history. Since cars are discouraged in the laid-back quarter, Nantucket is a pleasant zone traversed only by cycles, bikes, and mopeds.
The United Methodist Church offers a Sunday service at 10a. The basement also serves as the current home of the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket.
Most island visitors who pass the doors of the Nantucket Visitor Services office are interested in learning more about this amazing island. Even if you're looking for a hotel, the staff members are happy to help as they in conjunction with the staffers at the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce and the Nantucket Lodging Association. The Nantucket Visitor Services can also provide a wealth of information on upcoming events, dining, transportation, tours, and much more.
Let's face it; there's only so much sunlight and heat that you can take before it gets to be a bit much. Luckily, situated in the middle of town is the Nantucket Atheneum, also known as the Public Library. The cards are free if you're a Nantucket resident or property owner, and five dollars if you're neither. The Atheneum offers weekly, and monthly story events in the Gallery, or Garden for children. Check calendar for details and times.