An array of recreational activities abound on Nantucket throughout the year. Whether it's surfcasting for stripers off the South Shore, sailing in the tranquil waters of the Sound, biking along miles of scenic paved paths, heading out on a nature walk, birding, or simply taking a refreshing dip in the Atlantic, you'll find it all right here--including a year-round indoor ice rink!
Of course, sun worshippers will delight in over 80 miles of pristine beaches. Nantucket is also a haven for naturalists, harboring a bevy of rare flora, fauna and animal species. Nature, wildflower and birding walks are available for those wishing to explore the island's unique habitat. Tour Nantucket by bus, van or on foot with any one of a number of tour companies and individual guides. Plan an afternooon sail, or climb to the steeple of the Congregational Church for a stunning birds-eye-view of our enchanting isle.
For sports aficionados, public tennis courts are available at Jetties Beach. Miacomet Golf Club is open to the public year-round, and Sankaty Head Golf Club during the off-season. The island boasts twelve bicycle paths, so plan a day of exploration and exercise with your family and guests. Windsurfing, kayaking, surfing and sailing lessons are also available.
Over a dozen museums and historic properties showcase Nantucket's storied past. Learn about the island's rich history by visiting the Whaling Museum, Oldest House, Old Mill, Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum, Greater Light, African and Quaker Meeting Houses, Hadwen House, and Lightship Basket Museum. Both local bookstores also stock an impressive variety of tomes related to Nantucket's unique history.
The island has two movie theatres, as well as several performing arts theaters. A variety of arts classes for youth, teens, 'tweens and beyond are offered in all types of media. In summer, free tie-dying clinics are offered at Children's Beach, as well as free concerts on Sunday evenings at the Community Bandstand.
Of course, if shopping is your "activity" of choice, there are many unique and eclectic shops, toy stores, and boutiques to satisfy all age groups!
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