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Sankaty Head Lighthouse

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Address: Baxter Street, Siasconset, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: 508-228-1700
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Description: Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet...
Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet above sea level.
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Worth a visit to see the cliff erosion that is taking place and learn the history of the lighthouse.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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Santa Barbara, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit to see the cliff erosion that is taking place and learn the history of the lighthouse.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

With just a short walk off he road, you can see one of America's historic lighthouses. The views are spectacular.

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Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Breathtaking views at this historic landmark. Do not miss this icon of the island. On the bluffs in Sconset. Great bike ride to the crest of land.

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Our favorite lighthouse in the world. We have known it since there was a Coast Guard house in front of it and through the move away from the bluff. Love the red stripe! A good goal for bicyclists from town!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

When it comes to being outdoors on this island there is little to disappoint. This is a very nice attraction and worth a trip.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

worth the travel - past 'sconset. One of the US historic lighthouses. Beautiful views of the ocean and one of Nantucket golf courses. On the way you must stop to see the beach erosion and learn about different ways that they have tried to deal with this problem -- and see houses that have been moved across the street, houses... More 

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Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We had a lovely bike ride to Sconset and enjoyed the lighthouse. The information on Nantucket's erosion was quite interesting, including how the lighthouse was moved several years ago as it had gotten too close to the ocean. Quite a lovely experience and hopefully the steps they are taking to slow erosion will be successful.

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CAPE COD, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

What a beautiful spot! We brought a picnic lunch and enjoyed it on the rocks. The little visit to the light house was magical and the location was the perfect place to soak up that Nantucket magic...

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Getting here is tricky if you don't realize that this lighthouse is located on the other side of the golf course and after a residential area. You have to turn down Baxter Street and just keep following it to the end. The lighthouse is locked but still nice to get photos of.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Sankaty Head Lighthouse is well worth the drive or bike ride. Be sure to walk all around the lighthouse and follow trails for some spectacular views.

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