Nantucket is derived from the Wampanoag word "Natockete" which means
the faraway land. The Wampanoags also referred to the island as
Canopache, or "place of peace."
Nearly 30 miles out in the open Atlantic off the coast of
Cape Cod MA, Nantucket has managed to retain the charm and
elegance of the 1800s, when it had the distinction of being
the whaling capital of the world.
The island of Nantucket is 3.5 miles long and 14 miles wide.
Its main town, also called Nantucket, exudes charm with its
cobblestone streets lined with unique shops, great restaurants,
and stately homes. There are more than 800 historic homes
and buildings in the town. Most of Nantucket’s historic
sites are located in the center of town within easy walking
distance of one another. Nantucket boasts three active theatre
companies and a variety of musical organizations. The island
attracts exceptional artists, and there are more than 50 art
galleries. In 1996, the island hosted the first Nantucket
Film Festival, a screenwriter’s festival that showcases
Nantucket offers scenic beauty: gently rolling heathlands,
a remarkable diversity of vegetation, cranberry bogs, salt
marshes, and white sandy beaches. With its location on the
north/south flyway of migrating birds, the island is a popular
venue for bird watchers. More than 55 miles of broad, clean
beaches encircle the island. More than a third of the land
has been protected and will never be built upon. Fishing,
boating, and surfing are popular sports on the Island.
Take a tour of beautiful and idyllic Nantucket Island and
enjoy all that Nantucket has to offer. Nantucket is accessible by air or by ferry from Hyannis
(and from Harwich Port from mid-May to mid-October). Bringing
a car is expensive and is usually discouraged. Many visitors
travel around the island on bikes or in taxis, touring vans,
or shuttle buses. Visitors who do plan to bring a car are
encouraged to make reservations early.
For more information, call the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce
at 508-228-1700 or explore the links below