A postcard-perfect New England island, Nantucket offers all-around splendid sightseeing, whether you’re ensconced in the historic American architecture of Nantucket Town, roaming the idyllic countryside, or cruising offshore. With boutique downtown accommodations at Greydon House, you’re primed for unforgettable island-wide touring.
Let’s have a look at some of the options for getting out and experiencing what this history- and beauty-steeped island is about!
The non-profit Nantucket Preservation Trust leads guided walking tours parsing out Nantucket’s history and marvelous architectural styles. Explore Nantucket’s landmark-ridden Main Street (just a few blocks from our Broad Street perch here at Greydon House) on a private tour or the whalehouses, cottages, and other heritage sites of ‘Sconset, a public tour offered two times a month between June and September. The Preservation Trust also supplies information for self-guided tours you can pursue at your own pace.
You can also take a walking tour of Nantucket’s Old Historic District with a guide from the Nantucket Historical Association; these forays begin at one of the standout history destinations on the island, the Whaling Museum,
More fascinating Nantucket heritage awaits on the Museum of African American History and Friends of the African Meeting House’s Black History Trail, which takes in such historic sites as the Dreamland Theater, Five Corners, and the African Meeting House.
You can also tap into some of the island’s haunted heritage via after-hours walking tours through Raven’s Walk…
Multiple companies offer bus and van tours of Nantucket, taking in the island’s historic towns as well as its lighthouses and other iconic stops. Nantucket is also a famously fabulous place for cycling, and Nantucket Bike Tours shows you just how fabulous as while guiding you through local scenery and history.
Nature shines bright on Nantucket as well, and exploring its natural areas and wildlife with a guide is an awesome way to explore the island’s ecological uniqueness. Nantucket Walkabout leads guided hikes through outstanding preserves such as Sankaty Bluff, the Shawkemo Hills, and Smith’s Point. The Maria Mitchell Association runs birding walks, meanwhile, including early-morning avian safaris and “Owl Prowls.” Shearwater Excursions offers summertime whalewatching cruises—with the possibility of seeing humpbacks, finbacks, and minke whales as well as dolphins, basking sharks, and a variety of pelagic birds—as well as special cruises for observing Nantucket’s endearing gray seals.
If you’re into angling, Nantucket’s a wonderful place to visit—stripers, bonito, black sea bass, and other fabled Atlantic quarry abound in our waters—and you’ll have your pick of charters for top-shelf fishing adventures.
Touring Nantucket’s a dream, and Greydon House accommodations put you right in the center of it all: Take advantage of our convenient and stylish lodgings in historic Nantucket, and then get out and explore!