Nantucket Travel Guide

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Free Things To Do in Nantucket

If you have extra time, Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge is worthwhile.
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    Things to do in Nantucket
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    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    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

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    Brant Point Light
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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    Sightseeing, Free
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    Less than 1 hour
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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

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    Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
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    #3 in Nantucket
    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Parks and Gardens, Free
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    Half Day to Full Day
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    Located at the northern point of Nantucket, the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge provides protected habitat for hundreds of osprey and other rare sea birds. Other popular activities include surf-fishing, hiking and checking out the Great Point Light, but according to recent visitors, off-roading along the shoreline is probably the most popular

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    Jetties Beach
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    #5 in Nantucket
    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Beaches, Free
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    2 hours to Half Day
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    Northern Jetties is pretty similar to its southern, sandy counterpart, Surfside. Both bustle with activity in the summer and are loaded with beachside perks like food carts and public bathrooms. But there are two major things that set Jetties apart.1) Because of its location on Nantucket Sound, Jetties' waves are

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