The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce takes great pleasure in welcoming you to Nantucket, one of the most unique, historic, and visually stunning places in the world. We hope to share with you all that our special island has to offer.
Originally a booming whaling port, Nantucket has been named a National Historic District and has changed little architecturally since the 17th century. Seaside cottages and old-fashioned lamps still line the streets.
At the harbor front, where the great whaling ships set out on their hazardous journeys to return years later - if at all - pleasure boats now find safe harbor in one of the finest docking facilities in the world.
Inland on this idyllic "elbow of sand," the wild moors open to the endless sky. Thanks to conservation efforts, over 45 percent of Nantucket is preserved and protected in its natural state. Several areas and habitats - natural groups of plants and animals - are rare to this region and even the world. Come enjoy this natural beauty where the springtime blossom of daffodils and forsythia give way to summer’s lush flowerings of roses and hydrangea, and, perhaps best of all, the rich tawny hues of autumn.
Walk the wide sandy beaches, as beautiful as any in the world. Swim in the sparkling waters of Nantucket Sound to the north, or brave the mighty Atlantic along the island’s south shore. Let the pounding surf and clean, salty air restore you. Try your hand at surfcasting for stripers and bluefish or charter a boat for deep-sea fishing. Catch a breeze on a sailboat or a windsurfer.
Take in the boutique shops, and explore the art galleries and museums. Celebrate Nantucket’s cultural offerings year-round with theatrical performances, music, art, film, and literature. Sign on for a guided tour of the island or pick up a picnic lunch and rent a bike, a good way of discovering Nantucket for yourself.
Where to stay? The choice is wide – from an historic Nantucket bed and breakfast, to a luxurious, full-service hotel. For a longer stay, private home rentals are also available.
Restaurants abound! Whether for a beach picnic, an informal meal, or gourmet fare in sophisticated surroundings, there is something for everyone. How about a clambake prepared to your order? Fresh Nantucket seafood, especially the Nantucket bay scallop, provides unforgettable dining.
Whether you are drawn to Nantucket for its historical integrity, natural beauty, cultural offerings, world-class dining or shopping, or simply the relaxed atmosphere and island-style way of life, we appreciate your interest and hope that you will plan your own uniquely perfect island escape!