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Too often people go away and stumble around trying to determine what there is to do and where to do it. What a waste of precious time! We tell you what there is to do and with whom to do it. Whether it is the best golf course, where to charter a boat, what museums not to miss, you’ll know what you want to do and where to do it before you ever get there.
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Nantucket enjoys nearly 80 miles of beach with 10 individual beach areas. Some have lifeguards, restroom facilities, playgrounds and snack bars, some are just a secluded beach tucked away in a corner of the island. Roughness of the surf varies by the location on the island. For a beach with all the facilities, I like Surfside Beach, but Miacomet (also known as the "Fat Ladies Beach") is my real favorite and the one the locals favor. Unspoiled, private, stretching for miles. Sometimes you never see another person. Stop at Bartlett Farms on the way and pick up lunch. On the way back drop in to cisco brewers/Nantucket Vineyard/Triple Eight Distillery on Bartlett Farms Road for a little "taste".

In August/September, a nighttime dip at Steps Beach, swimming in the phosphorescence, is pretty incredible. Steps is also right next to Galley Beach one of our favorite restaurants and a great spot for lunch.

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Miacomet Golf Club and Sconset Golf Club are links-type courses open to the public.. Sankaty Head, my favorite course, is private, but open to the public in the off season.

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Most of the tennis facilities are part of hotels or resorts; however there are public courts at Jetties Beach. The Nantucket Tennis & Swim Club also offers court time to non-members.

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There are miles of bike paths crisscrossing the Island that offer a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the Island’s beauty. Young’s. Broad Street at the Wharf is my choice for bike rentals. Been renting here since we carted our kids around in bicycle rickshaws. Hate to think how long ago that was.

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Boat Rental

Nantucket Boat Rentals rents small Boston Whalers for fishing or cruising. Slip 1, Straight Wharf. $120 for 4 hours, $220 full day. You can also rent a sailboat at Nantucket Harbor Sail in Swain’s Wharf.

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Boat Rides

Try Endeavor Sailing Adventures for a bit of maritime history along the shores of the island. Best trip is the one at sunset ($35 for 1 1⁄2 hours). Shearwater Excursions offers whale watching, seal cruises and eco tours on a clean 49 passenger boat. Editor’s Pick from Yankee Magazine.

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Sea Nantucket, Francis Street Beach. Half and full day rentals. Great way to explore the beaches and coves. Pack a lunch and your camera.

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Capt Tom’s is the choice for charter fishing, he’s been featured on Field & Stream legends, This Old House and has won the John Havelicek Celebrity Fishing Tournament 11 of the last 14 years. Another good choice is Captain Pete Sheppard of Rusty Fly, particularly for shallow water and fly fishing.If you want to try your hand at surf fishing, go to Barry Thurston’s at Harbor Square at the Marina to rent your equipment. There is an abundance of fish off-shore and I have literally seen so many fish that the fishermen couldn’t pull them in fast enough

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Gail’s Tours. Personal scenic tours of the Island. Voted “Best of Nantucket”. 10, 1, 3 pm departures. 1 1⁄2 hour tour. Nantucket Ghost Tour Mon/Wed/Fri/Sat/Sun 7pm. Opposite Jared Coffin House. No reservations necessary. Is there an artist inside you screaming to get out? Sketching Tours of Nantucket could be just what you are looking for.

Pick up a copy of Nantucket Historic Walking Tour, a self guided exploration of Nantucket's history and architectural heritage, presented by the Chamber of Commerce.

There are about a dozen museums on the island, but the one not to miss is the re-opened Whaling Museum, on Broad, downtown.

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Some favorites; Antiques; Sylvia, Main Street, Rafael Osona Saturday antique auction at the American Legion, Lynda Willauer, 2 India Street; Pierce Galleries, South Water Street, Galleries; Pierce Galleries, 5 South Water, Dane Gallery, Centre Street, Quidley & Co.Main Street and South Wharf Gallery, India Street.

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Nantucket is filled with wonderful shops and boutiques, many very unique to the Island. Some of my favorites;

Jewelry: Seaman Schepps, Pageo, Jeweler's Gallery, unique one-of-a-kind pieces, Trianon for unique Nantucket themed jewelry, Susan Lister Locke Collection, Ocean Treasure for wonderful and very affordable beach glass jewelry
Men's Clothing: Murrays Toggery for Nantucket “reds” and a great selection of Shetland sweaters, hard to find these days, Nobby Clothes Shop, Polo Ralph Lauren
Women's Clothing: Johnson's Cashmere, Carol Cole, modern chic clothing, Nicole Marie Fashion Boutique, Peter Beaton, hats for women, Beautiful People, hand-knit sweaters, Gypsy, famous designer brands, blu,
Gifts: Best of the Beach, things for the beach, beach house and beach themed gifts, Blue Beetle, now in town, which has great accessories for the home, Claire Murray Lifestyles, Shreve, Crump & Low.
Other: Fragrance Bar, make your own colognes and perfumes.

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April - Daffodil Festival
May - Nantucket Wine Festival; Figawi Boat Race
June - Nantucket Film Festival
July - 4th Celebration;  41st Annual Green Thumb Flower Show
August - 28th Annual Antique Show
September - Island Fair at Tom Nevers Park
October - Nantucket Arts Festival; Annual Chowder Contest
December - Christmas Stroll

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