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Top 10 Summer Things to Do on Nantucket

Everyone should experience summer on Nantucket at least once in their lives, and we’re bringing you the ultimate guide to local activities to help you plan your stay. Book your favorite room at our Nantucket inn, consult our top 10 list of summer musts below, pack your bags, and get the party started! Your perfect Nantucket getaway awaits…

1. Enjoy a Scenic Bike Ride

Seeing the sites is best enjoyed on two wheels. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the area and discover the wild side of Nantucket with picturesque rides to Brant Point lighthouse, charming sojourns into town, and more.

2. Embark on a Boat Tour

Set sail on a leisurely and romantic Nantucket sailing adventure or try a unique whale watching tour. Whichever you choose, we’re sure you’ll make memories to last decades.

3. Dive into History at the Whaling Museum

Set aside an afternoon to get out of the sun and peruse the fascinating Whaling Museum. It’s open daily all summer, so make sure you add it to your itinerary and look forward to learning about one of the ocean’s most interesting and endearing creatures.

4. Take Home a Local Treasure

Downtown boasts dozens of Nantucket shops and galleries to browse. Stroll along the cobblestone streets and find something special to take home with you.

5. Dance & Drink Downtown

Head out to Cisco Brewery for craft beer tastings and enjoy some live music.

6. Go on an Island Tour

Embark on a unique Island Tour with a local expert and get to know your home away from home a little better. Tours depart from the Visitor’s Center on Centre Street daily at 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm.

7. Picnic on the Beach

Order a picnic lunch from Provisions and let life slow down as you savor wonderful food on a secluded beach or on the island.

8. Dine at a Local Favorite

End your fun summer day with a stellar meal. We recommend Brotherhood of Thieves or Dune Restaurant, both wonderful Nantucket institutions.

9. Have a Swoon-Worthy Date

Romance is in the salty ocean air! Set aside one night during your stay to get a little fancy. Splurge on a romantic night out at The Proprietors Bar & Table.

10. Experience Superior Service

When you stay with us, not only will you enjoy comfortable rooms, delicious breakfasts, and unmatched service, but you’ll also have access to some of the most knowledgable locals around! Your innkeepers have intimate knowledge about the area. Be sure to ask them about their personal recommendations for what to experience while you’re in town.

TripAdvisor Award of Excellence 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2017
We are honored to receive the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2017. We have received this award every year since 2011! Thank you to all of our guests who helped make this happen for us.

TripAdvisor Award of Excellence 2016

Certificate of Excellence 2016
We’ve been honored with a Certificate of Excellence award every year since 2011. Thank you to all of our guests who helped make this happen for us.

TripAdvisor Award of Excellence 2013

Thank you to all of our guests who helped make this happen for us.

Photographer Becky Holdgate Zadroga

The Centerboard Inn is pleased to display the artwork of local photographer Becky Holdgate Zadroga.  A native of Nantucket Island, Becky focuses on capturing the emotions of local landscapes.

Surfside Beach Sunset

Her photos emphasize keen insight and appreciation for the extraordinarily simple beauty of our Faraway Isle.  We find her work so visually stunning that we have chosen to display her photos exclusively throughout the Inn.

For more information about Becky – and to view more of her work – please visit her at

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