Day Trip in August

We plan on taking Hy-Line cruise from Hyanis to Nantucket in early August. If we depart Hyannis at 12:00 on high speed arriving at about 1:00, are we giving ourselves enough time to get a feel for the island. Or should we plan on a 9:10 departure returning at 4:35? If we leave at 9:10, depart at 4:35 is there enough to do on Main Street to keep us busy and entertained for almost six hours?

Submited by Tom Ernster from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Definitely take the morning boat (9:10am)–there is PLENTY to do in the heart of Nantucket Town to occupy you for 6 hours. Pick up a copy of Yesterday’s Island/Today’s Nantucket for the map and fabulous events calendar to help plan your day. In 6 hours you can:

Visit the Whaling Museum

Have lunch at the beach: pick up a takeout lunch at one of the many downtown eateries and walk or take the NRTA Shuttle one of several beaches close to town.

Stroll around the wharves

Have a cup of locally roasted Nantucket Coffee Roasters coffee at The Bean, 4 India Street.

Take a 90-minute van tour with Gail’s Tours, led by Gail, whose family has lived on Nantucket for generations, or take a walking tour with Bill of Nantucket Walking Tours (his tour schedule is listed in Yesterday’s Island — you don’t need reservations)

Visit the shops, galleries, and antique shops in town.

We’re betting that you’ll wish you had more time on Nantucket Island when you have to head back to the docks.

Lodging for 3 people?

Hi, I want to ask,is any room available for 3 people to sleep on Nantucket? We are coming on Nantucket for work, and planning to stay till end of september. Can you please tell me about the availability of the rooms, the dates, the rent weekly? Thank you very much, Hope to hear from you very soon. Regards, Vlatko

Submited by Vlatko from Hyannis
Please check out our “Lodging” page on for more information.

Car on Nantucket?

Do you need a car on Nantucket?

Submited by Gina from Montreal
Hello Gina, No you do not necessarily need a car on Nantucket. When the ferry (most commonly used for transportation) lets its passengers off, you are already in the middle of town. Once you are here there are a number of places where bike, moped or scooter rentals are available. However, if you feel like walking, you are only a short distance from some of the best beaches, museums and restaurants that are located in or surround town. Here is a map from with some recreational options such as shopping, dinning or and other services you may desire to visit,

Fishing License?

I am coming to the Island this summer for a couple weeks and enjoy fishing the beaches and from boats. I was told by an acquaintance that I needed a fishing license. Is that true?

Submited by Mark from Philadelphia

Hi Mark, To legally fish anywhere on Nantucket, you must obtain a permit from for just $10. If you are 16 or younger, you don’t need a permit. If you are 60 or older, you must obtain a permit, but it is free.