When planning your summer escape to Nantucket Island, the options are endless. With so much to see and do, it can be tough to decide where to start. At Affordable Rentals, we’re here to help you make the most of your vacation with a few ideas to kick off your adventure in a car rental. Here are three of our top recommendations for your summer island excursion.
1. Try Lighthouse Hopping
A Nantucket vacation wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the iconic lighthouses that grace the island’s shores. These picturesque landmarks offer breathtaking views and fascinating glimpses into the island’s rich maritime history.
Brant Point Lighthouse
At the entrance of Nantucket Harbor, Brant Point Lighthouse is the perfect place to start your lighthouse tour. Dating back to 1746, it’s the oldest functioning lighthouse in Massachusetts.
If you plan to visit Brant Point Lighthouse on July 15, stop by the Nantucket Triathlon to cheer on the athletes. It’s bound to be a thrilling race!
Great Point Lighthouse
Great Point Lighthouse offers a scenic journey to reach its remote location, located at the northernmost tip of the island in the Cosckata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. We recommend a 4-wheel drive rental for this particular excursion. Try a Jeep or truck rental for the trip, and don’t forget your camera to capture the stunning beauty of the landscape.
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Perched atop the bluffs of Siasconset, Sankaty Head Lighthouse boasts breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean. Take a leisurely drive in a car rental along the scenic coastline to reach the tower, then explore the surrounding area and immerse yourself in the charm of Sconset Village.
2. Sun, Sand, and Sculptures
When it comes to enjoying the summer sun, Nantucket’s beaches offer an array of options for every beachgoer. The island boasts two distinct shorelines, each with its own allure.
North Shore Beaches
Nantucket’s north shore beaches are ideal for those seeking a relaxing coastal retreat. With gentle surf and warmer waters, destinations like Dionis Beach and Children’s Beach provide a perfect setting for sunbathing, swimming, and picnicking.
For fun-filled family time, join in on the 48th Annual Sandcastle and Sculpture Contest at Jetties Beach on July 29th. Witness talented artists transform piles of sand into works of art, creating a vibrant and imaginative atmosphere for all ages to enjoy.
South Shore Beaches
If you crave more excitement, head to the south shore beaches. Surfside Beach and Cisco Beach are renowned for their rolling waves, making them a surfer’s paradise. Brave the cooler waters, catch some waves, and feel the exhilaration of the Atlantic Ocean.
3. Discover Nantucket’s Cultural Treasures
If you’re seeking a break from the sun or looking to delve into Nantucket’s rich heritage, the island’s museums offer a wealth of knowledge and exhibits.
Nantucket Whaling Museum
Step back in time and learn about the island’s whaling history at this remarkable museum. Discover artifacts, explore the restored candle factory, and stand in awe of the colossal skeleton of a sperm whale. It’s an immersive experience, transporting you to Nantucket’s seafaring past.
Maria Mitchell Association
Immerse yourself in the wonders of science and astronomy at the Maria Mitchell Association. Named after the famous first female astronomer, this institution offers fascinating exhibitions, stargazing events, and educational programs catering to kids and adults. For a special celebration, stop by the museum on August 1 to celebrate Maria Mitchell’s 205th birthday.
With a car rental from Affordable Rentals, you can explore these remarkable attractions and make the most of your Nantucket summer getaway. Contact Affordable Rentals at (508) 313-9313 or book a rental online. From lighthouse hopping and beach bliss to cultural discoveries in a museum, summer on Nantucket promises unforgettable experiences.