Nantucket, MA

Welcome to Nantucket, MA

Experience the small-town charm and coastal appeal of Nantucket.
 
Roughly 30 miles off the Eastern coast is the charming community of Nantucket. Accessible only by boat or by plane, Nantucket is a quaint and historic community tucked away into its corner of the east. Because of its unique location, Nantucket is one of the most highly sought-after tourist destinations on the East coast. Don't let that dissuade you from calling the charming island home. During the offseason, Nantucket shrinks back into its close-knit community that boasts just over 14,000+ residents.
 
This beautiful community has lots to offer when looking for a great place to call home. Spacious houses, great quality of life, and a unique identity are some of the features for which Nantucket is known. While the island is relatively small, just about 14 miles, it boasts a big personality that locals love.
 

What to Love

  • Charming coastal atmosphere
  • Close-knit community
  • Rich history 
  • Many outdoor activities, biking, golfing, surfing, fishing, boating
  • Fabulous art galleries

Local Lifestyle

Life in Nantucket is slow-paced, relaxed, family-oriented, and all about connecting with those you love the most. Because of its geographic location, Nantucket offers a close-knit community. Residents here all know one another, and it's a great place to live if you enjoy that small-town community feel.
 
Because of its geography, life in Nantucket is rather closely connected to nature and the outdoors. There are many recreational activities to enjoy, and the coastal atmosphere here has embedded itself in the community.
 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Unsurprisingly, Nantucket is home to some of the best seafood restaurants on the entire East coast. There is a range of upscale and casual dining venues for you to enjoy the great flavors of this community. For an elegant evening out, dining at Topper's at The Wauwinet is a great way to experience the charm of Nantucket. This restaurant is situated in one of the island's most historic and popular hotels. With an award-winning wine menu and delectable local flavors, it's easy to see why this restaurant is a favorite for locals and visitors. 
 
Òran Mór is another upscale establishment that features a vibrant and upscale dining experience. The warm atmosphere is inviting and perfect for a romantic evening out. The menu includes unique flavors, including  Duck Bolognese Cavatelli and Bison Au Poivre. Other notable restaurants include The Galley, Cru Oyster Bar, Lola 41, The Gaslight, and Ships Inn
 
As you stroll around the island, you’ll come across several boutiques and shops that exude the community's charm. Some notable boutiques include Murray’s Toggery Shop, furniture haven Bodega, Gypsy, Nantucket Looms, The Skinny Dip, and Town Pool. While there are many nationally recognized retailers here in Nantucket, the shopping scene is better appreciated and experienced when you shop the many locally made goods here.
 

Things to Do

Because of where it's situated, Nantucket is a popular destination for birdwatchers. The town is right alongside the North and South flyaway of migrating birds. Because of this, there are several species birdwatchers can search out. Notable species include the Osprey, the Piping Plover, and the Least Tern. 
 
To learn about the rich history of Nantucket, it's worth visiting the Whaling Museum. This museum takes visitors on an in-depth exploration of the town's whaling past. Madaket Beach is another popular destination for residents who want to enjoy a sunny summer's day. This beautiful beach can boast powerful waves at times, and it's a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon.
 
Exploring notable lighthouses, including Brant Point Lighthouse and Great Point Lighthouse, are other neat ways to step back into history. Nature lovers will enjoy a day out on Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, while history lovers will surely be captivated by The Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum.
 
Throughout the year, there are several festivals residents can attend. The Nantucket Daffodil Festival, the Food and Wine Festival, the Nantucket Film Festival, the Nantucket Garden Festival, The Nantucket Project, the Nantucket Christmas Stroll, and Boston Pops are just some of the events that bring out locals each year.
 

Schools

Nantucket is served by the Nantucket Public School System. Notable schools include the following: 
 
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