When is the Best Time to Visit Nantucket?

While most people visit Nantucket between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the best time to visit Nantucket is year-round. We’ll help you pick the right season for you.


Timing: Sunday, March 20 – Friday, May 27

Why is spring the best time to visit Nantucket? Spring (like fall) is shoulder season on Nantucket. The annual Nantucket Daffodil Festival, locally known as Daffy, is the first event of the year. As sunny days break through the winter temperatures, make the most of this temperate time to visit Nantucket before the summer crowds arrive.

Spring might be your best time to visit Nantucket if: You like brisk, sunny days in town without the crowds.


Timing: Friday, May 27 – Monday, September 25, 2022. The first day of summer is June 21, but the season kicks off on island with the annual Figawi Race Weekend, which happens on Memorial Day Weekend, and runs until Labor Day.

Why is summer the best time to visit Nantucket? The weather is the obvious draw, with warm days and often cool nights. Days can be spent on miles and miles of pristine beaches, while nights are for dressing up and heading out to Nantucket’s best restaurants, all of which are open for the season.

Summer might be your best time to visit Nantucket if: You want to drive to the far reaches of Great Point to bake in the sun for a secluded beach day. You’re also a planner, and you like making restaurant reservations weeks in advance.


Timing: Monday, September 25 – Tuesday, December 20, 2022.

Why is fall the best time to visit Nantucket? New England’s famous fall foliage is even more charming on an island 30 miles out to sea. After Labor Day, the tourist crowds thin out, making it easier to grab coveted restaurant reservations and explore the town in tranquility. Fall is the family scalloping season, plus the annual Cranberry Festival, making it a fun time to spend time outdoors and enjoy the bounty of the island. Things quiet down drastically in November, then come back for an action-packed weekend for the annual Christmas Stroll the first weekend in December.

Fall might be your best time to visit Nantucket if: you want to bundle up for a crisp fall day at Cisco Brewery.


Timing: Tuesday, December 20, 2022 – March 20, 2023

Why is winter the best time to visit Nantucket? Quiet and remote, you’ll encounter virtually no tourists.

Winter might be your best time to visit Nantucket if: cozy days indoors are your winter jam.

What’s your best time to visit Nantucket?

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