For outdoor activities, Nantucket is a wonderful place. Are you ready to go on your dream vacation to Nantucket? If you have already booked your ferry tickets and rented one of the fantastic local residences for your stay, you may be wondering how to plan your visit to make the most of it. The good news is that Nantucket is a brilliant destination for people of all ages, interests, and activity levels. It is a perfect place to go to see some perfectly preserved historic buildings, streets, and lighthouses. It is also a haven for beachgoers and nature lovers. This picturesque New England Island has some of the best conserved natural habitats. This makes it a perfect place to spend most of your time outdoors, staying active and enjoying the stunning views. Nantucket is a popular spot for people who like watersports, golfing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, hiking, biking, walking, bird watching, and other open-air activities. This is the perfect way to soak in the sun while staying active and fit among the beautiful settings of this magical island. Here are some of the best ideas for outdoor activities when in Nantucket.

Biking & Beach Crawl

Outdoor Activities on a Nantucket Once you set foot on the island, you will quickly realize that the best way to get around and to reach any point there is via bike. The small island has an extensive network of bike paths and routes, and there are multiple bike rentals too. Some visitors prefer to bring their own bicycles with them, which is possible and affordable via the traditional ferry by the Steamship Authority. You can combine your love of biking with exploring the multiple spectacular beaches on all coasts of Nantucket. Planning a fun bicycle beach crawl will allow you to stay in shape and, at the same time, visit as many of the beaches that you want during your vacation there. If you are vacationing with the kids, one of the shortest biking routes you can explore during your stay in the town of Nantucket is a 1-mile ride to the family-friendly Jetties Beach. In case you would like to go on a more remote biking trip and take the most stunning sunset photos, then you can take the 6-mile bike path to the westernmost Madaket Beach. One of the most beautiful bike paths you can take is the 7-mile ride to the village of Siasconset. There you can enjoy walking the Sconset Bluff Walk and admire the charming cottages with weathered gray shingles, crawling French roses on the trellis, and some of the most beautiful gardens in the country.

Bird Watching & Hiking

Bird Watching & Hiking Since the local authorities and conservation organizations have taken up the idea of conserving as much of the natural flora and fauna on the island, Nantucket offers some amazing opportunities to explore nature as it has been since the beginning of time. If you enjoy bird watching, you will be happy to know that the island is home to more than 400 different wild birds. So, put your hiking shoes on, get those binoculars, and head off to one of the many beautiful bird-watching trails in Nantucket. We recommend that you consider taking the 3.9 km long Stump Pond Loop Trail, the Tupancy Links Trail, which is 1.4 km, or the Norwood Farm 2.4 km trail, or the Squam Swamp Interpretive Trail, which is 3.7 km long. All of them are easy and will take you less than 45 minutes. Some of the local trails are even suitable for biking, running, or for walking dogs. You can also join the local birders, who meet at 8:00 am every Sunday at the local high school.

Go Fishing & Enjoy Time on the Water


Nantucket used to be known as the whaling capital of the world and inspired the writing of Moby-Dick. But while whaling is no longer allowed, fishing is still a leading business here. You can find a wide variety of fishing tours and trips that you can sign up for if you want to do some fishing or some seal and whale watching yourself. There are short trips for some blue fishing and longer ones which you can join if you want to take part in the excitement of catching a giant bluefish, a striped bass, a fluke, black sea bass, or even a Bluefin or shark. The local captains and crew members will take you to the spots where there is the most significant chance of catching your dream fish. There are fishing tours and trips for people of all ages and experience levels. There are some personalized fishing tours and lessons too. You will be provided with all the fishing gear you need for your unforgettable fishing trip.

Explore Nantucket on a Kayak

One different way to explore this gorgeous island is from the water. You can do this from a sailing boat by taking one of the many cruises offered. But the more fun way to do it is to rent a kayak instead. You can rent a kayak from the local rentals located on the western side of the Nantucket harbor for a few hours, for half a day, a full day, or for a week. You can enjoy paddling and drifting on the ocean waters, away from the crowds on the beach, and watch the serene ocean and island views from afar. You can also go kayaking in some of the local ponds too, especially if you are a beginner or are with young children. The ponds you can explore via kayak are the Coskata Pond, Long Pond, Sesachacha Pond, and Hummock Pond. Another preferred spot for kayaking is the Nantucket Harbor. The water is calm and sheltered, and you can explore the harbor itself, see the historic Brant Point Lighthouse, and head off to Jetties Beach. There are also guided tours for kayakers if you want to learn more about the history and nature of Nantucket while you paddle away.

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