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Sankaty Head Lighthouse

Baxter Street, Siasconset, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-1700
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Ranked #1 of 4 attractions in Siasconset
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
Description: Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet above sea level.
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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

My wife and I were staying in Sconset with our dog and this was only a 5-10 min drive up the road. If you're in the area, it's well worth stopping by to see the old lighthouse and take some photos. You're quite high above the beach so there is a fence enclosure for public safety, but you can still... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

No, seriously breathtaking views both over land and Sea. A sunset over the island landscape is heavenly and the cliff of 70plus feet with a view of the sea and shoals is worth the trip.

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Watertown, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Nice ride to the lighthouse...guide gave us the history, this lighthouse was moved a few years ago to prevent it from falling in the ocean. The shore is eroding away each year....sad that the community leaders won't do anything to stop it...they are letting nature take its course.

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NYC
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122 reviews 122 reviews
9 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

Worth a short visit to see the lighthouse, great view of the golf course and the dunes. Great spot for photos.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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73 attraction reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Great views, and it was interesting walking around and reading about where the lighthouse was originally built, and how it had been moved. Good stop for anyone biking the area!

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Bakersfield, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

We tried walking to this lighthouse from the beach a few months ago, but you can't reach it from the beach. Drove here in the off season and it was really windy. The view is beautiful!

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Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

It is amazing to remember the feat of moving this lighthouse back from the bluff in 2007. The light rotates no matter what the weather. A gorgeous sight.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

The trip out to the lighthouse is worth it. Erosion is taking the waterfront houses, so get out there while you can.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Nice walk from Sconset, also available to drive right up to it. Beautiful views of both the island and the ocean from a pretty high point on the island.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We had a car tour that stopped at the lighthouse where we learned about the effect that erosion is having on this small island. The lighthouse has been moved twice already and is still very threatened by the winter storms and continuing erosion. They predict a loss of 3 feet per year for an island that is already so small.

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