Nantucket Family Vacations
Families Will Love
- A quiet place to unwind on the beach
- Historic town with cobblestone streets
- Island-wide bike trail and gorgeous views
Nantucket Family Vacations Overview
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Quaker families arrived on the island in the 1700s and shortly thereafter, sperm whales became the island's bread and butter. Oil from the sperm whales was as good as oil we use today and the island thrived as the Whaling Capital of the World. Whaling dwindled with the whale population and the invention of electricity and modern machinery, and the island fell into disarray, further succumbing when the Great Fire of 1846 nearly destroyed the island. The sleepy island was eventually discovered by the wealthy of Boston and New York as a quaint and quiet summer resort, and soon it became and remains one of New England's most popular summer destinations.
You won't find amusement parks and throes of miniature golf courses here. This island is a step back in time and remains a quiet place to bond with the family while riding a bike across the 80-mile island, enjoying an intimate beach, shopping in Harbor Town, and sailing off the island's Atlantic Coasts. This is a place to visit to escape smart phones, video games, Internet and TVs. Instead, sit on a front porch overlooking a white picket fence and count the fireflies. Read Less
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My family and I have been visiting Nantucket in August for the last several years. Nantucket is a very special island providing solitude, natural beauty, shopping, top quality restaurants, beaches, biking, and more. We rent a house in Sconset which I would highly recommend because you are away fro ... My family and I have been visiting Nantucket in August for the last several years. Nantucket is a very special island providing solitude, natural beauty, shopping, top quality restaurants, beaches, biking, and more. We rent a house in Sconset which I would highly recommend because you are away from the busier living in "Town". Sconset has a quaint market, bluffs, a lighthouse, the Sconset Tennis Club which provide movies for all during the week, and several great restaurants. We bike to the market or the Beach House restaurant for a casual dinner on the beach. The beach in Sconset has a significant current so I would recommend the beaches along the south end of the island for waves and closer to the harbor for calm waters. We usually went to Surfside for boogey boarding and Jetties Beach to just frolic in the water and enjoy the beach side restaurant. There are bike paths along the main roads making all ends of the island accessible by bike. There are many restaurants around Nantucket if you would like to take a break from cooking. Our favorites were Millie's in Madaket with the BEST fish tacos. The Straight Wharf at the marina and Brotherhood of Thieves for a great pub burger. Nantucket also has museums, camps, and special events to give a family many options. If you plan on bringing a car to the island, book your ferry early! Read More Read Less