1. Take a guided walking tour and immerse yourself in the island’s rich history.
2. Pick up a brochure and map from the Chamber of Commerce office on 0 Main Street and head out on a self-guided walking tour.
3. Tour Nantucket by van or bus.
4. Visit the Whaling Museum and explore the era when Nantucket reigned as “Whaling Capital of the World.”
5. Tour the stately Hadwen House, a 19th century whaling merchant’s mansion.
6. Visit the Jethro Coffin House, the island’s oldest house built in 1686.
7. Stop by the Old Mill, the oldest operating windmill in America.
8. Visit the Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum to hear about daring maritime rescues off the Nantucket Coast.
9. Take a leisurely hike through Sanford Farm and Rams Pasture—bring your dog!
10. Get a bird’s eye view of Nantucket from the Congregational Church steeple or the Whaling Museum’s rooftop observation deck.
11. Learn how to sail with one of the many boat charters or Nantucket Community Sailing.
12. Take a surfing lesson at Cisco Beach.
13. Watch a glorious sunset from Madaket Beach.
14. Surf cast from one of the island’s many beaches.
15. Go fishing with a charter boat and catch your supper!
16. Ride along one of the island’s 12 paved scenic bike paths or take a guided tour.
17. Attend one of the many local theater productions.
18. Pack a picnic basket and take the family to a free Sunday evening concert at Children’s Beach. (summer)
19. Play a game of tennis at the Jetties Beach courts.
20. Plan a sunset clambake.
21. Go whale watching with Shearwater Excursions.
22. Rent a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and head out to Great Point.
23. Relax on one of our pristine beaches at any time of year.
24. Get a takeout sandwich, sit on a bench and people watch.
25. Browse our many unique shops and boutiques.
26. Dine out during Spring and Fall Restaurant Weeks for gourmet meals at great discounts.
27. Sign up a team for the popular Sandcastle Contest in August.
28. Visit the Lightship Basket Museum to view vintage baskets crafted by world-famous artisans.
29. Tour the Greater Light, once a livestock barn renovated into a beautiful, eclectic home and studio by two visionary Quaker artist sisters.
30. Attend the Boston Pops concert on Jetties Beach in August.
31. Participate in the Iron Teams Relay Race in June.
32. Enjoy our rollicking July 4th celebration on Main Street, and don’t miss the sensational fireworks over Jetties Beach at dusk.
33. Celebrate spring at the Chamber-sponsored Daffodil Festival in April: millions of blooming daffodils, activities for all ages and a spectacular vintage car parade!
34. Jump in the Atlantic—or watch the annual Cold Turkey Plunge—on Thanksgiving morning (proceeds benefit the Atheneum!)
35. Participate in a bike or road race—check www.yesterdaysisland.net for event listings.
36. Sign up for one of the many wonderful classes at Nantucket Island School of Design & the Arts.
37. Attend the world-renowned Wine Festival in May—featuring vintners, special events, seminars, and a Harbor Gala!
38. Catch some new and independent movies—and celebrity watch—at the Film Festival in June.
39. Star and planet gaze at Loines Observatory (weather-permitting).
40. Head to Brant Point with a picnic lunch and watch the Figawi sailboats race into the harbor on Memorial Day Weekend.
41. Buy locally grown and handmade goods at the downtown Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in summer.
42. Take in one of the many events—featuring prime-time comics at the Nantucket Comedy Festival in July.
43. Attend one of the many lively antiques auctions throughout the year.
44. Check out local yard sales for eclectic treasures at great prices.
45. Browse the many titles at the Atheneum’s biannual used book sales.
46. For a little culture and lots of fun, take in a Seaside Shakespeare production.
47. Peruse the wares at the Nantucket Folk Art & Artisan Show in July.
48. Get your “green” on at the Nantucket Garden Festival in July.
49. Attend the world-renowned Nantucket Historical Association’s Antiques & Design Show in August.
50. Ring in the holiday season at the Tree Lighting & Community Caroling ceremony on Main Street the day after Thanksgiving.
51. View the uniquely beautiful entries at the NHA’s Festival of Wreaths over Thanksgiving Weekend.
52. Attend the NHA’s glittering Festival of Trees throughout the holiday season.
53. Browse the Thanksgiving & Christmas Stroll Craft Shows to pick up some holiday gifts.
54. Drive out to the Airport in summer to watch the action—it’s the 2nd busiest airport in Massachusetts!
55. Don’t miss the Chamber-sponsored Christmas Stroll weekend in December—featuring Santa, a European marketplace, Victorian carolers, and more!
56. Check out the gaily decorated homes at the NHA’s Holiday House Tour.
57. Enjoy a dramatic reading of the Dylan Thomas classic “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” at the Atheneum.
58. Go birding with the Maria Mitchell Association, Linda Loring Foundation or the Trustees of Reservations--our island is a prime venue for sighting rare species!
59. Go clamming…or visit one of our restaurants for the best chowder anywhere.
60. Take a ride out to the County Fair at Tom Nevers Field in September.
61. Watch the bogs being harvested—and enjoy family-friendly activities—at the Cranberry Festival in October.
62. Head out to the Disc Golf course to try out a fun family sport.
63. Sample world-renowned wine, beer and spirits at Cisco Brewers/Nantucket Vineyard.
64. Rent a kayak and sightsee while paddling around the harbor.
65. Attend an insightful lecture at the Whaling Museum.
66. Visit the Old Burial Ground on Grove Lane to see intriguing ancient gravestones.
67. View the impressive scrimshaw collection at the 1800 House.
68. Watch the fascinating art of quarterboard carving
69. Check out a demonstration of the centuries-old art of scrimshaw.
70. Take a Shearwater Excursions seal cruise (link).
71. Go on a self-guided downtown walking tour of Nantucket’s varied trees. Brochures available at The Chamber of Commerce.
72. Pick fresh strawberries at Bartlett Farm in June, or stop by their market for fresh produce.
73. Attend a local wine tasting and learn about new vintages and food pairings.
74. Score an autographed bestseller at a local booksigning event.
75. Enjoy terrific live music at one of the island clubs.
76. Browse the many wares—and start your holiday shopping—at Nantucket High School’s annual December Delight.
77. Watch a sheep shearing demo at the Cranberry Festival in October.
78. Go mountain biking on the island’s many dirt roads and trails.
79. Take a natural history boat cruise (link).
80. Attend one of the many exercise classes at the health club.
81. Challenge your friends to a game of paddle tennis.
82. Play a round of golf at one of the local courses.
83. Visit the historic African Meeting House on York Street.
84. Follow the Black Heritage Trail for 10 sites relevant to Black history.
85. Take a dip in the community indoor swimming pool.
86. Practice yoga at the Children’s Beach Band Stand.
87. Get married on Brant Point Beach (or propose to your sweetheart)!
88. Find a discarded treasure at the landfill’s “Madaket Mall.”
89. Rollerblade, walk or bike along one of our many scenic bike paths.
90. Search for arrowheads on local beaches and hidden paths.
91. Take the family to the Tom Nevers Carnival in.
92. Watch the action at the Demo Derby at Tom Nevers Field in October.
93. Volunteer with The Clean Team on Saturday mornings and help beautify the island.
94. Fly a kite at Tuppancy Links.
95. Discover the Hidden Forest.
96. Hike to Altar Rock, the island’s highest point.
97. Take the ‘Sconset Bluff Walk for a peek at some amazing seaside real estate.
98. Attend the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Town Building.
99. View the Memorial Day Parade and kick off the summer season.
100. Visit the Artists Association gallery to learn about local artists and their techniques.
101. Cheer for the Whalers at a local football game.
102. Head out to Tom Nevers Field to watch a Nantucket Adult Wooden Bat Baseball League game.
103. Hunt for bargains at the Hospital Thrift Shop.
104. Take a Lightship Basket weaving class.
105. Attend a concert at the Unitarian Church’s Thursday Noonday Concert Series.
106. Listen to street musicians ply their craft on Main Street.
107. Take a martial arts class—for children and adults—at Krav Maga.
108. Go windsurfing or take a lesson.
109. Surf’s up! Check out the action at Cisco Beach.
110. Go crabbing off of the Long Pond bridge in Madaket.
111. Go sledding (weather-permitting) in Dead Horse Valley—a popular spot in winter.
112. Adopt a pet from the Offshore Animal Hospital.
113. Collect shells and mermaids’ purses on Jetties Beach.
114. Visit the Aquarium
115. Spend some time in the lovely garden at the Greater Light.
116. Go boogie boarding at Madaket beach.
117. Watch an island weaver on Old South Wharf.
118. Wear a unique costume and march in the annual Halloween Parade.
119. Attend the Atheneum Dance Festival—featuring classical and contemporary ballet—in July.
120. Pamper yourself at one of our luxurious day spas.