Brant Point Light

#2 in Best Things To Do in Nantucket
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Nantucket's iconic Brant Point Light is said to be the country's second oldest lighthouse by some aficionados. While this superlative isn't completely true -- the current tower dates to 1901, while the station has had a lighthouse since 1746 -- the attraction remains a popular spot to view Nantucket Town's harbor.

You can't go inside Brant Point -- it's still an active post used by the U.S. Coast Guard -- but there's still a lot to see here. The beach of the same name is a picturesque place to take a breather and watch the boats float by the harbor. One TripAdvisor user likes the beach for quite a different reason: "Our guide pointed out the nearby beach plums growing wild at the entrance to the beach. We were lucky enough to find a few ripe ones."

You can find the Brant Point Light right off of Easton Street in Nantucket Town. Its grounds are free to roam year-round.

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#1 Surfside Beach

Surfside Beach, located on the southern shore, is one of the most popular beaches on the island. It's definitely one of the most amenity-rich stretches of sand, too: Public rentals, showers, food kiosks and lifeguards are all here in the peak beach season. And although the waves may be too choppy for younger travelers, Surfside is great for catching a wave and participating in other gnarly watersports.

But popularity has a downside. According to one TripAdvisor user: "This is the busiest beach on Nantucket. Plan for crowds and parking challenges." Other recent travelers suggest you swing by in the off-season. Although cold, this is when you can catch a quieter Surfside experience.

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