Nantucket is the perfect place to escape for a quick getaway. During our four day stay, we quickly realized visiting Nantucket has more to offer than just relaxing at the beach. For those interested in more traditional sightseeing while on vacation, Nantucket boasts three lighthouses that are still in operation and are all worth a visit. Here’s how to visit the three lighthouses on Nantucket.
Brant Point Lighthouse
You’ll likely see the Brant Point Lighthouse as you arrive on the island by ferry. At 26 feet tall, it’s the shortest lighthouse in New England! The Brant Point Lighthouse was first built in 1746 with the existing version having lasted over 110 years. Brant Point Lighthouse is the easiest to visit as it’s walking distance from town.
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
This 70-foot tall lighthouse was first built in 1850. In 2007, the lighthouse was moved away from the edge of the sea cliff to prevent it from falling. Sankaty Head might be the most iconic of the three with it’s red and white stripes. You can reach the Sankaty Head Lighthouse by car or as part of the Bluff Walk from Siasconset (more on that here).
Great Point Lighthouse
The Great Point Lighthouse is located at the northernmost point of Nantucket inside the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge. The lighthouse was first built in 1784. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times. The current lighthouse built in 1986 is a 60-foot replica of the original. Great Point Lighthouse is harder to get to than the other two lighthouses. You will need a four wheel drive vehicle with a beach permit. Here’s exactly what you need to know about visiting Great Point by car. Other options include walking seven miles in the sand (sounds hard!) or booking a tour.
The three lighthouses on Nantucket are aesthetically unique and located on equally unique parts of the island. If you need a break from lounging at the beach, a visit to Nantucket’s lighthouses is a must!