How to Plan the Ultimate Day Trip to Nantucket

One of the many perks of visiting Cape Cod is that the beloved island of Nantucket is just a ferry ride away. When you plan a stay at the Captain Farris House, you can take a ferry to Nantucket in the morning, spend all day exploring, and then return back to our B&B for a cozy and relaxing evening. Here’s how to plan the perfect day trip to Nantucket!

As you begin planning the ultimate day trip to Nantucket, be sure to utilize our free Vacation Guide! You’ll have access to our top recommendations for off-the-beaten-path restaurants, unforgettable outdoor activities, and exciting upcoming events.

What to do on a Day Trip to Nantucket

Hop on the Ferry

Steamship Authority offers daily ferry rides to Nantucket from Hyannis. You can choose between two options — the high-speed ferry or the traditional ferry. The high-speed option takes approximately one hour and the traditional ferry takes just around two hours. Both are great options, offering plenty of seating, a small cafe, dining tables, and wifi. We recommend hopping on one of the earlier ferries so that you’ll have more time to explore Nantucket!

Hit the Beach!

The small Island of Nantucket is packed with fantastic beaches. A few popular spots include Surfside Beach and Jetties Beach. You can view a full list of Nantucket beaches here and decide which one suits you best.

Explore Local Boutiques

When you need a retreat from the sun, spend some time exploring the locally-owned shops on the island. Nantucket’s Main Street is where you’ll find a large selection of shops and galleries to browse. Take a look at this extensive Nantucket shopping guide for a list of clothing boutiques, specialty shops, jewelry stores, and more.

Experience History

Nantucket is home to a number of fantastic museums, historical sites, and lighthouses. One of the most frequented attractions, the Nantucket Whaling Museum contains the full skeleton of a 46-foot whale that was washed ashore decades ago. Other popular museums include the Nantucket Shipwreck & Livesaving Museum and the Lightship Basket Museum.

Savor Outstanding Cuisine

Although a tiny island, Nantucket has an impressive food scene. From cozy breakfast spots and juice bars to freshly caught seafood and high-end dining, there’s something for everyone in this picturesque town. Here are a few of the best spots to eat in town:

  • Center Street Bistro
  • Provisions
  • Corner Table
  • Millie’s
  • Black Eyed Susan’s
  • Something Natural
  • Cru

Unwind at the Captain Farris House

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Complete your day trip to Nantucket with a relaxing evening at the Captain Farris House. Our charming Yarmouth Inn features 10 elegant rooms and suites. Enjoy wonderful views, luxurious linens, private en-suite bathrooms, and more. If relaxing in a Jacuzzi tub sounds like your ideal evening, we have nine rooms with Jacuzzis! Plus, each morning of your stay, you can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast in our dining room. Our seasonal breakfast entrees are always a highlight for guests!

If you’re ready to begin planning your trip, check the availability of all our accommodations today. We look forward to hosting you on the ultimate Cape Cod getaway!