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Things to do in Nantucket

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bus Station
“Probably the best north shore beach on the island. It's vast and lovely, on the edge of the harbor. Watch the boats coming and going, swim with a lifeguard, explore the shores... There are fresh water showers, and a perfect restaurant as well, allowing you to make a full day at the beach. Bike, shuttle or drive (plenty of free parking). It's a four mile bike ride from our cottage, taking the Cliff Road bike path. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“This is a great surfing beach that is very popular. Bring a picnic lunch which you can pick up at Bartlett farms around the corner. Bring chairs, towels, etc. Bathroom facilities are available.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bus Station
“The NRTA shuttle runs in and out of town every 30 minutes. This is a wonderful way to travel to town, and avoid parking issues. It's prompt, clean, inexpensive, and very convenient. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Annye's is the Whole Foods/Rainbow Grocery of Nantucket. Stocked to the brim with great bath products, organic produce and fun wines it's a great alternative to the other groceries on island.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Library
“The Atheneum is the heart and soul of the island. It is a place to pause and think and to quietly read a newspaper. It is the home of the Great Hall, site of important speeches made by Frederick Douglass, Emerson and Thoreau. It is where Maria Mitchell was a librarian for twenty years. It is a gracious library in a beautifully maintained, architecturally unique building. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“Provisions, gifts, ice cream, coffee and a destination location for visitors to Sconset. You'll have to visit The Market. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Pub
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“Nice place to go for a Light bite , Drinks or dinner. Great ambiance with candle lit tables on the lower level.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Route
“Classic evening out for drinks & music. Right next to the Gazebo & on the harbor! ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“Irish pub/sports bar atmosphere with pool tables and reasonable prices as this is one of the year round restaurants frequented by the locals. Good Irish pub fare ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“a more casual choice for lunch or dinner; a laid back spot to get some chowder, oysters and lobster.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
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“Local fare in a converted house. One of the best fine dining experiences on the island. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Lodging
“A little off the main strip is one of my go to favorites for a taste of old world Nantucket. A gam of sailors, tradesmen, fisherman, CEOs, tourist, locals and the like come to indulge is some of the best dishes island has to offer. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“My absolute favorite restaurant for lunch! But small, and no reservations... get there before 12!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Delicious pastries and coffee. Every morning!! Benches right out front, wonderful park across the street.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bar
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“One word: Karaoke. Thursday nights and Sunday nights in the summertime. Enter their weekly summer contest for the chance to win $100.”
  • 2 locals recommend