One of the most popular getaways on the American eastern seaboard is undoubtedly the small island of Nantucket.
When the island was originally named by the North American natives it was named Canopache.
When translated, this stands for the place of peace. The island’s very scenic and picturesque and it lies off of the coast of the state of Massachusetts.
And some like to get away for a romantic weekend or a family holiday. Whatever your reason is for visiting, you’re bound to find a variety of interesting things to see and do.
The population on Nantucket is typically about 10,000. However, once the summer months visit the calendar you might find almost five times as many people exploring the island. These are some of the most popular things to see and do while visiting.
1. The Lighthouses
Again, since Nantucket is surrounded by water, it’s only natural that it houses some pretty old lighthouses. These were built many years ago to help guide the sailors as they sailed across the ocean. The lighthouses all tell stories and some of the most popular include the Great Point, Brant Point, and Sankaty lighthouses.
2. The Beaches
Since it’s an island, you’re bound to find plenty of beaches here. In fact, there’s no such thing as a mediocre or bad beach on Nantucket. If you head to Surfside Beach, you’ll probably come across a good number of surfers who are testing out the strong waves. Another popular beach with surfers is Cisco Beach. If you’d like to get a glimpse of some passing marine life, such as seals, then you could try Madaket Beach. Other popular stretches of sand include Siasconset and Jetties Beaches.
3. The Local Breweries
If you’re interested in the local refreshment scene, you’ll find the Cisco Brewery, Triple Eight Distillery, and Nantucket Vineyard all sitting there waiting to welcome you. You can visit here to taste your favorite type of beverage and check out the local Nantucket music scene.
4. The Museums
There are several museums on Nantucket with the Whaling Museum being among the most visited. The museum tells the history of whaling on Nantucket Island and has numerous historic artifacts and exhibits on display. If you’re fascinated by shipwrecks you should check out the life-saving museum. This tells the story of many old shipwrecks and of the local residents who risked their lives to save those in distress.