You don't need a car since walking is the best way to explore the island. I get asked about what to do when you visit so I decided to blog about it.
Depending on if you fly into the island or take the boat over- you can grab a cab to take you to where you are staying. Rental cars are available on the island.
If you are thinking of taking your own car over to the island you need to reserve this ahead of time- sometimes even a year in advance.
There is a very good small bus system which can take you to Surfside Beach or to the town of Seasconset (pronounced Sconset).
Bicycle rentals are also available everywhere.
Restaurants (to name just a few!)
Ship’s Inn - 13 Fair St. (508 228 0040)
The Pearl - 12 Federal St. (508 228 9701)
The Brotherhood of Thieves - 23 Broad St. (no reservation needed) has a nice outdoor space
Black -Eyed Susan’s (known for their breakfasts)
Company of the Cauldron - 5 India St. (508 228 4016)
Topper’s at The Wauwinet - (508 228 8768) there is a boat from town that takes you there - check schedule
The Summer House in Sconset - if it’s a nice day, you can eat outside overlooking the ocean
The Jared Coffin House - has nice patio space
Fog Island Cafe on South Water St. (good breakfast!)
Nantucket Bake Shop www.nantucketbakeshop.com The best bread and doughnuts!
Arno’s on Main Street
The Downyflake - great donuts/casual breakfast
The Club Car – fun place to have drinks
Steamboat Wharf Pizza- 10 Broad St Good for a quick lunch or late night snack. (There is also an ice cream shop that gets packed at night.
“Old school Pharmacy” on Main Street- they serve a simple lunch at the counter and we get ice cream there at night- sometimes a little cheaper.
Jetties Beach - wide beach, no big waves!
Surfside Beach - big waves, need to take the bus/car from town - check schedules
Things to do
Get the Newspaper at the Hub on Main St.
Murray’s Toggery at the top of Main St.
Peter Beaton hat store on Federal St.
See the Nantucket baskets and scrimshaw at the Four Winds Craft Guild (15 Main St.)
Artist shops on Old South Wharf
Whaling Museum on Broad St. and the Museum Shop
Climb to the top of the First Congregational Church for a spectacular view of the harbor!
Gail’s Tours - take tour bus around the island
Take a walk down Union St., Orange St., Fair St. to see some of the beautiful, traditional Nantucket homes and gardens. (These streets are right off Main St.) Another nice area is top of Main St. - The Three Bricks and other old sea captains’ homes.
Go to Siasconset - picturesque old fishing village ; can walk around the town, have lunch at The Summer House or The Chanticleer.
Cisco Brewers- 5 Bartlett Farm Road (take a cab there)
Walking in town in the evening - usually some street entertainment
Go down to the Straight Wharf docks and see the yachts (good evening activity!)
Deep sea fishing /sunset and ice cream cruises - check at the docks