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Day Trip: Nantucket

Looking to spend a day on the beautiful island of Nantucket but not sure how to plan it? Look no further; we have you covered. Our team recently took a trip to the island and discovered the best ways to spend your day. Don't forget! If you book ferry service with Freedom Ferry as a Down the Cape guest you will receive $6 off all round trip tickets!


Depending on how long you want to make your visit, the Freedom Ferry has an 8:00 am and 11:30 am ferry to Nantucket that leaves from Saquatucket Harbor in Harwich Port. To prepare for the eighty minute trip, be sure to bring sunscreen, a sweatshirt, and some cash. The mini snack bar onboard provides waters, snacks, local beer, wine, canned cocktails, and an outlet to charge your phone.


You will know you've arrived when you see the Brant Point Lighthouse appear on the horizon. This view is one of the most photographed on the island. Be sure to have your phone or camera ready as it's something you won't want to miss. When you disembark the boat, you will be greeted by the iconic cobblestone streets, restaurants, and shops. Be sure to take advantage of the public bathrooms before venturing into town.

Rent Bikes

The best way to see the island is by bike. Nantucket Bike Shop is a short walk from the dock. Their staff are friendly, incredibly helpful, and knowledgeable about the area. They offer maps and will give you simple directions to navigate your way around the island. We recommend opting for a bike with a basket to carry whatever goodies you may find along the way.

The Bike Trail to Bartlett's Farm

If you're feeling hungry, we suggest making the three mile trip to Bartlett's Farm. This destination is an experience in itself and has something to offer everyone. Peddling along this trail will make you feel like a kid again. The downtown scenery, open fields, and ocean views are breathtaking.

Once you arrive at Bartlett's Farm you will be blown away by how big the land is and how many different products and experiences they offer. Bartlett's farm is not just a quick stop for sandwiches before the beach. It is so much more. A family owned business, Bartlett's provides locals and tourists with a farm to table experience like no other. You can read more about our amazing experience on our blog HERE.

Anthony and Jacqui chatting with Keegan Bartlett

Bike to Beach

After you finish up at Bartlett's farm, head to one of Nantucket's beautiful beaches. As we said before, the best way to travel on the island is by bike. Each beach on the island offers something different. Some are closer to town and easy to access, while others are a little off the beaten path. We opted for Beach #12 which is pretty close to the farm. Check out the beach options below to find the one that works best for you!

Other Beach Options

Children's Beach

This is an easy walk from downtown and ideal if you are traveling with small children. Children's Beach has a playground, lifeguard, restrooms, showers, and food service.