Nantucket as a Day Trip

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Make the most of the time you have

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Ideally you’d be able to visit Nantucket for a week, rent a house or B&B room, leave the car on the Cape (or at home), pick up a bike, balance eating in and eating out. Because we don’t always live in an ideal world, though, we have to compromise. If you can only squeeze in a day, let’s make the most of it.

A Perfect Day Trip to Nantucket
8:15 => Board a high-speed ferry in Hyannis.
9:30 => Get fresh-squeezed concoctions and treats from The Juice Bar.
10:00 => Take a walking tour with the Historical Association.
11:45 => Learn the island’s rich history at the Nantucket Whaling Museum.
1:15 => Split an oversized sandwich from Provisions with your companion.
2:00 => Take an island driving tour with Nantucket Island Tours (or Ara’s or Barrett’s depending on their schedules).
3:15  => Shop and stroll along cobblestone streets; pop into the Atheneum.
6:15 => Enjoy regional cuisine at American Seasons, the Brotherhood of Thieves, or Straight Wharf (depending on where you can get in).
8:40 => Take the last high-speed ferry back to Hyannis.

If you have time, pair a visit with a quick day trip to Martha’s Vineyard or a longer Cape Cod or Boston trip.

Excerpted from Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard & Nantucket, An Explorer’s Guide. For full-on details about these ideas (and many more), pick up the guide on Amazon.

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