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Sites to See on Nantucket

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“Arriving on the ferry, we looked down onto a busy dock full of people waving hello and saying goodbye surrounded by mounds of blue hydrangea, small buildings covered in weathered shingles and some of the world’s truly astonishing yachts.  The welcoming of Nantucket appeared to be as beautiful as we had heard…  we grabbed a cab at the end of the dock for a quick lift with our luggage to a charming wide white porch dripping with flower baskets and covered with small tables and chairs partially hidden by thick green flowering vines. Behind the charming porch was our home for a few days, one of the oldest inns on Nantucket” 

                                                                                            travellady.com

SITES TO SEE ON NANTUCKET: HISTORIC PROPERTIES, AND INTERESTING SITES

Nantucket has so much to offer and you can only learn more about it if you dare to explore like an islander. See where the first woman astronomer was born.  See the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the US, or the oldest Mill in the United States.  Explore the lands and trails preserved by the islands foundations. Discover the Whaling Museum, or learn about the Quakers. Visit the Nantucket observatories and stargaze! See the Hydrangea farm. Miles and miles of Nantucket Island waiting to be discovered.
  Nantucket Whaling Museum
 Sanford Farm and Ram Pasture
 Brant Point Lighthouse
•  Coffin School
 Old Mill
 Old Gaol
•  Sankaty Head Lighthouse
 1800s House
 Fire Hose Cart House
 Oldest House and Historic Garden
 Greater Light
 Quaker Meeting House
 Hadwen House
 NHA Research Library and Archives
 Thomas Macy House
Nantucket Atheneum
 Historic Mitchell House 
 Vestal Street Observatory
 Loines Observatory

 Aquarium
 Shipwreck and Life Saving Museum
 Egan Maritime Institute
 Nantucket Conservation Properties
 Nantucket Land Bank Properties
 Cranberry Bogs
 Moors
 Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
 Museum of African American History
 Nantucket Lighthouses
 Hydrangea Farm
 Nantucket Conservation Properties
 Nantucket Land Bank Properties
 Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
 Linda Loring Nature Trail
 Maria Mitchell Field Trips
 Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary
 Grasslands
 Salt Marshes
 Forests
 Tupancy Links
 Natural Science Museum
  Wheels, Heels and Pedals  Sconset

MUSEUMS

Begin your adventure just steps away from the Century House.  The location of the Nantucket Whaling Museum couldn’t be better. Learn about whale hunt, see whale skeletons, a regged whaleboat, a collection of whaling tools, and portraits of the whaling captains and their wives.  Collections include world-famous collection of scrimshaw, Nantucket lightship baskets, 1850 Fresnel lens from the Sankaty Lighthouse, and the restored 1881 town clock.  Hear the stories of the sea and learn firsthand how brave men and women risked everything in selfless acts of courage by venturing into the dark waves to rescue shipwrecked mariners.  Learn about specialized vessels and their loyal crews.  Explore what life was like on a daily basis as seen through the eyes of the Keepers and crewmen of the Unitesd States Life-Saving Service.  These are the stories of Nantucket’s life-savers.
 Nantucket Whaling Museum
 Nantucket Lightship Basket Museum
 Maria Mitchell Natural Science Museum
 Museum of African American History
 Egan Maritime Institute
 NHA Library and Archives
 Shipwreck and Life Saving Museum

BOGS, MOORS, AND TRAILS EXPLORATION

Thousands of acres on Nantucket are protected by various conservation groups. This is a first of its kind in the nation. These active groups, artists, community citizens who cherish Nantucket’s natural beauty raise funds to prevent environmental degradation by purchasing the open space. Miles and miles of trails, moors and cranberry bogs can be explored on Nantucket Island.  Forty percent of Nantucket Island is open space of undisturbed natural habitat, including beaches, wetlands, aquifer recharge areas, moorlands, heathlands, cranberry bogs; rare species habitat; ocean, pond and harbor frontage, and properties for passive and active recreation and land preservation some within distance of Century House such as: Tupancy Links, Eel Point, Sanford Farm and Ram Pasture. Go discover!
Nantucket Conservation Foundation Properties
Nantucket Land Bank Properties 
Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
Linda Loring Nature Trail
Maria Mitchell Field Trips
Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary
Linda Loring Nature Foundation
The Trustees of the Reservations  Wheels, Heels and Pedals

TOURS OF THE ISLAND

Nantucket is best explored by bikes or on foot. There are several options to explore individually miles and miles of Nantucket trails, bogs, forests, beaches.  Nantucket town operates the website Wheels, Heels and Pedals site for information and guide on how to explore Nantucket.  For those who prefer guided tours we recommend tours. Below you will find all types of tours available on Nantucket free and for a fee.
  Wheels, Heels and Pedals
•  Harbor Tours
 Nantucket Historical Association Walking Tours
 Maria Mitchell Birding Trips
 Sailing Excursions
 Gail’s Tours
 Sketching Tours
 Bike Tours
 Natural History Tours
 Stargazing
 Tuckernuck and Muskeget Tour
Seal Harbor Cruises
•  Maria Mitchell and the Daring Daughters of Nantucket
•  Nantucket Preservation Trust Walking Tours
•  Endeavor Sailing
•  Shearwater Excursions
•  Sconset Tours
Linda Loring Nature Foundation
Summer Kitchens House Tour
 Historic Mitchell House Tours

WALKING AND EXPLORING NANTUCKET

 Wheels, Heals and Pedals
•  Nantucket Preservation Trust Walking Tours
•  Nantucket Historical Association Walking Tours
Linda Loring Nature Foundation
•  Nantucket Conservation Foundation Properties
•  Nantucket Land Bank Properties
•  Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
•  Linda Loring Nature Trail
  Maria Mitchell Field Trips
  Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary
  Raven’s Walk
•  Sconset Tours
•  Self Guided Tours

GETTING AROUND NANTUCKET (WALKING, BIKING, RIDING)

How to get around Nantucket by walking, biking, riding. This is a great guide on how to really explore the island via the Nantucket Town.
  Wheels, Heels and Pedals

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