An Excursion to a Fascinating Island off the Massachusetts Coast

Picture of NantucketWhile on a RV Vacation to Cape Cod you may want to set aside a day for an excursion to the Island of Nantucket. This is a beautiful and historic island off the coast of Massachusetts where you can enjoy a number of activities and much scenic beauty.

You can get there on the Hyannis-Nantucket Ferry. When you reach Nantucket Island you may want to stop right away and have some great beer at the Cisco Brewers. This will ready you for more adventures as you explore this amazing island. A great place to visit is the Egan Maritime Institute where you will find the maritime stories of Nantucket. Shipping artifacts and other collections showcase the seafaring history of the island.

Of course, you may want to take some bike tours of the gorgeous landscapes or history walks, but museums always provide a unique view into your location, and make the trip that much more special. At the Lightship Basket Museum you can wander a garden that contains plants that were more than likely planted there in the 1820s. You can also tour the museum inside.

A favorite of visitors to this historic island is the Whaling Museum. Explore the 1847 restored candle factory and go up to the observation deck on the rooftop and look out over Nantucket Harbor. Commemorated at the Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum are the many mariners who risked their lives to save shipwrecked souls. Learn about famous shipwrecks and the equipment used to save seafarers who were in trouble.

Many people visit Nantucket just for the beaches. These pristine stretches of sandy shores show a special beauty and most have gentle surf which is perfect for kids to enjoy. All of them have wonderful views of the sound or harbor. On the northern part of the island, Dionis Beach is only three miles from town, and you can ride a bike for a little exercise in reaching your destination. In season there is a lifeguard on duty. Two other popular north shore beaches are 40th Pole and the Brant Point beach. This latter is not a spot for swimming as it has a strong current, but you can visit the Brant Point Light Station.

On the south shore, you will find the beaches that face the Atlantic and have heavier surf. One of the most popular beaches on the island is Surfside Beach with a lifeguard, food service and showers. Kite flying is great here! Cisco Beach is wonderful if you love to surf, but note that rip currents are strong here. Not the best beach for families with kids. Close by is Hummock Pond. This is a perfect place for some kayaking if the winds aren’t too strong.

Take your time and explore, explore, explore. There is a lot to see and do on Nantucket and you won’t want to miss a thing before taking the ferry back to the mainland.

Picture credits: The picture of Nantucket is from the Wikimedia Commons. It is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 Generic license.

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