Day Trip to Nantucket

Exploring Nantucket

If you have an extra day while you are on Cape Cod, a day trip to Nantucket is an excellent idea!

Nantucket is a small island about 30 miles (50km) off the southern coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Nantucket is a beloved island and a favorite tourist attraction. Nantucket’s nickname, “The Little Grey Lady of the Sea,” refers to the island as it appears from the ocean when it is fog-bound. It is said that in 1659 the owner of Nantucket sold interests in the island to 9 others “for the sum of thirty pounds … and also two beaver hats.”  That is a far cry from today’s average home value of over 2.5 million dollars!

How to Get to Nantucket

From Cape Cod, there are two ways to get to Nantucket. The first (and most popular way) is to travel by ferry. There are two ferry services from Hyannis, Steamship Authority and Hyline. The ferry trip from Hyannis to Nantucket is one hour and you will be dropped off at the wharf in downtown Nantucket. The second option is to travel by plane. On Cape Air, from Barnstable airport in Hyannis to the Nantucket airport, the flight will take 23 minutes. You can then take a bus or taxi to the town.

Downtown Nantucket

The Nantucket town center streets are cobble-stoned (so be sure to wear comfy footwear) and they are lined with high-end boutiques and restaurants. There are additional restaurants and shops on the wharfs. We love walking through all of the side streets and admiring the architecture of the homes and the beautifully manicured gardens where you’ll see lot of hydrangeas in bloom all summer long!

Through the Nantucket Historical Association, there are walking tours of downtown where you can learn about the events in Nantucket’s history that have made the island what it is today.

There are also many unique, historic sites that you can visit. The Whaling Museum features over one thousand works of art, artifacts and treasures (including a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton) as well as a rooftop deck offering stunning views of the Nantucket harbor.

Getting Around on Nantucket

Although you can bring your car on some ferries, it is very cost prohibitive. If you want to see more of the island than just the downtown area, there are several options.

There are several tour groups, such as Gail’s Tours of Nantucket and Ara’s Tours, that will pick you up and transport you around Nantucket while providing you with history of the island.

Another option is to bike around the island. You can bring your own bike on the ferry (for a small fee), or you can rent a bike in town. A great option is to go on a bike tour with Bike Nantucket where they offer several options of tours.

You can also rent a car or a scooter and explore the island on your own!

Fun Things to do on Nantucket

Cisco Brewers:

For a fun day, head out to Cisco Brewery where they have been brewing high-quality, craft brews since 1995. They are also home to Triple Eight Distillery and Nantucket Vineyard. You’ll usually find live music and food trucks so check out their calendar of fun events!


There are three lighthouses on Nantucket. Brant Point Lighthouse can be seen as you arrive on island via ferry. It was erected in 1746 making it the second oldest lighthouse in America. The Sankaty Head Lighthouse sits 70 feet tall on the bluff at the end of Baxter Road in Siasconset. And the Great Point Lighthouse is located at the northernmost point of the island and can be accessed by foot (if you’re up for the 7 mile walk in the sand) or by a four-wheel drive vehicle with a special beach permit sticker.


There are seven beaches on Nantucket – each with its own vibe. So you can bring your bathing suit and head to the beach to enjoy a day in the sun. Don’t forget your sunblock!


So give us a call and we’ll help you plan your adventure on Nantucket!

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Looking for a home base for your awesome Cape Cod adventure?  Then the Long Dell Inn is the perfect place to stay. The Long Dell Inn is a historic sea captain’s house with a total of seven guestrooms all with private en-suite bathrooms.  Located in the quiet seaside village of Centerville – frequently called one of the prettiest village on Cape Cod – we are just minutes from a great beach, delicious dining, fabulous shopping, ferries to Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, and easy access to all your Cape Cod adventures.  Check out our accommodations and book your getaway today!  If you have questions, or prefer to book your getaway over the phone, give us a call at (508) 775-2750.