Tourists flock to Nantucket in droves, drawn by the island’s rich history, natural beauty, and desire to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life.
Nantucket is a magnificent vacation destination and it has a lot to offer to everyone.
Traveling to an island by yourself can be intimidating, especially if you are new to solo travel. But the truth is that this New England island is one of the friendliest and safest places to visit if you are thinking about taking the plunge.
Traveling by yourself is one of the most effective ways to discover your potential strengths, weaknesses, and life options. When you travel alone, you have the freedom to choose your itinerary. You have the complete freedom to enjoy whatever you want, whenever you want. You can connect with people or avoid them if that is what you prefer. Those are the obvious advantages of traveling alone as a solo traveler.
Is Nantucket Safe?
Nantucket is not the type of place that attract criminal types. That said, crime can occur anywhere, and no matter where you visit, you should always be aware of your surroundings.
What to Do in Nantucket
The most significant advantage of traveling solo is that you only have yourself to consider and can do precisely what you feel like doing each day.
One way to travel alone while still having company is to take a tour. It’s a great way to meet new people when traveling alone. Here are some of the best:
Join Pete on one of his 2 hour guided hikes and see some unique aspects of Nantucket’s natural scenery. They offer all-year-around natural history walks for those with enquiring minds. Hikes cost $50 for adults and $25 for children under 13.
Captain Toms Charters
Captain Tom has been fishing the waters of the island for more than 40 years. Enjoy a memorable experience with Captain Tom from Nantucket Fishing Charters. You can enjoy exciting light tackle fishing trips and fishing trips for the whole family. They offer amenities including rods, reels, bait, and much more.
Gail is full of information, has a fantastic personality, and loves Nantucket. Her tales and tour are not to be missed. Voted Best of Nantucket for more than 20 Years!
Gail continues a family tradition of hospitality with her unique, in-depth tours. She is 7th generation native. The tours have an in-town pick-up and last 105 minutes. The bus pulls over for photo opportunities and the van holds up to 14 guests.
Biking in Nantucket is the most incredible way to see this beautiful island off the coast of Cape Cod in Massachusetts. One of the greatest ways to explore the island is by bicycle. It is both ecologically friendly and the most practical mode of transportation. You may bring your bicycle or rent one from one of the many rental businesses. On the island, there are roughly 56 kilometers of bike trails. There are three major bike trails on the island that link Surfside, Siasconset, and Madaket. Young’s Bike Rental can bring a bicycle to your hotel.
The best beach there is Surfside, which has beautiful dunes and extensive white beaches. There is a CafÉ on the beach to get snacks.
Jetties Beach, a pleasant bike ride from town, is another option. It has plenty of parking, or you may ride the NRTA shuttle bus throughout the season. The bus arrives directly at the beach-an excellent beach for families with little children. Lifeguards, locker rooms, a playground, bathrooms, showers, a restaurant, and take-out food service are all available (in season). The concession and restrooms are disability accessible, and a vinyl mat running down the center of the beach makes walking down the sand easier. The water is quiet and warm, making it ideal for swimming.
Every year there are a variety of festivals taking place in Nantucket. Arrange your trip when a festival is taking place and enjoy something unique. Here are just some of the main festivals.
Nantucket Cranberry Festival
The festival is due to take place in October 2022. If you can imagine yourself clad in waders as you stand in a cranberry bog, then Nantucket is the place to be/ Also features live music, hayrides, and more.
Nantucket Daffodil Festival
In April, you can enjoy the Daffodil Festival. Highlights include a car parade, a flower show, and NiSHA dog parade.
Nantucket Wine & Food Festival
Taking place in May 2022, this event for those over 21 includes tastings, seminars, and a variety of festival events.
Nantucket Book Festival
Parties, book fairs, and many more across the island in June 2022. A great event for the literary-minded solo traveler.
Fireworks, BBQs, beach events, and boating are typical celebration elements. There is something for everyone in Nantucket on the 4th of July. Watch out for the Main Street water battle.
Nantucket Garden Festival
Between July 12th to 14th, the Nantucket Garden Festival takes place with garden tours and lectures. If you are into art, you can join the watercolor class with the watercolor and acrylic artist Meredith Hanson.
There is typically a good crowd of people touring the bars in Nantucket. The best places to visit for singles are The Nautilus and the Club Car. You can find live music seven nights a week at the Gaslight. For a slightly older crowd, try the Chicken Box, especially if you like Reggae.
Theatre fans will enjoy the Theatre Workshop of Nantucket, which has a season that lasts eight months of the year. The Nantucket non-profit foundation also runs three screens on the island for a wide choice of movies.
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