Looking for a reason to plan a trip this year? Nantucket has the quintessential New England charm and is full of things to do, see and eat year-round. The options are endless with beautiful beaches, gorgeous places to bike and walk, festivals, breweries and so much more!

We picked our top 10 reasons you will want to visit Nantucket this year and listed them below. They are bucket list worthy!

10 Reasons to Visit Nantucket in 2023

Egan Maritime Institute (Lynx Tall Ship)

Discover Nantucket by land and sea at this cool museum. They honor Nantucket’s history of shipwrecks, lifesaving, and rescuers. One of their feature attractions is the tall ship Lynx. You can see it floating around through Nantucket Harbor in July and August or even catch a ride on it. History buffs get ready for an experience!

Murray’s Toggery Shop

This iconic clothing store is the only place allowed to sell the true authentic “Nantucket Reds” line of clothing. Nantucket is known for this signature color attire, so make sure to check it out next time you are there! Nothing like a classic style.

Cisco Brewers

Looking for a good time? This well-known local spot offers great drinks from local distilleries, in-house crafted brews and food trucks. Live music starts daily at 3pm!

Whaling Museum

The Whaling Museum offers an experience to look back into history when Nantucket was the world’s whaling capital. There are cool exhibits, many educational opportunities and so much more! You could easily spend the afternoon here.

Nantucket Film Festival

This premeir film festival takes place every June. This festival attracts film goers from all over the world. Plan ahead because they book up fast!

Young’s Bicycle Shop

Nantucket has over 30 miles of paved bike path, much of it with incredible scenic views. Young’s has been around since the 1930s. Many think they have the best bikes on the island with all different types and sizes available. The service is also fantastic.

Nantucket Looms

This classic Nantucket shop has been around since 1968 making the most luxurious handwoven ultrafine throws and blankets. This is a great stop for a non-cliche souvenir and a great addition to your home!

the Downyflake

The Downyflake is a landmark family-friendly restaurant with some of the best donuts around. They serve breakfast and lunch dine-in and take-out. This is a must-visit when on the island!

Black-Eyed Susans

If you are looking for classic comfort food, then this is your spot! Black-Eyed Susan’s serves up some of the best breakfasts your taste buds will ever experience.

Nantucket Book Festival

Looking for something a little more educational and fun. The Nantucket Book Festival is a great event that is well-attended annually. This is an outstanding event to explore literature you may know and find new.


Hi, I'm Jen and I love to travel, go to the beach and write about all the places I have visited. I also have a bucket list of places I can't wait to try! I've visited Cape Cod every summer since I was a kid and now enjoy traveling to all great beach destinations! I have worked in the travel industry for all of my career. I love sharing my experiences of different restaurants and places and helping travelers find the best fit for them!

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