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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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English first
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33 reviews 33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

High on a cliff, overlooking the Atlantic, you'll find a piece of Americana to check off your bucket list. Some opt to take a tour bus to make the visit, we opted to ride the winding 10mi Polpis Rd trail from downtown Nantucket. The Polpis trail is a nice alternative to traveling the 8mi main st route that runs alongside... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This lighthouse is situated on a cliff overlooking the ocean on one side and a golf course in a gulley on the other. I appreciated the displays explaining the glacial topography and why the lighthouse hadn't be moved in 2007.

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Wilmington, Delaware
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Ten minutes, if that, and you are on your way. Nice view, read a sign about the lighthouse and that is it.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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31 reviews 31 reviews
17 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Walk on the path on the bluff above the sea, on the edge of well-kept yards, about 30 minutes to the lighthouse.

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Lanzarote, Spain
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70 reviews 70 reviews
47 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The lighthouse wasn't open to the public, so we just walked around it. The lighthouse is well kept, but there really wasn't much to do except take photos.

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New London, Connecticut
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13 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We drove our scooters out here from old town. Nice drive, nice views from light house looking over the bluffs. Very scenic.

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Florida Keys, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

A must see, When we were on Nantucket such a Beautiful day for us, on tour to see such a beautiful lighthouse on the island of Nantucket

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Memphis, Tennessee, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

This was part of an island tour. The lighthouse was moved to avoid collapse from beach erosion. The cliffs continue to erode endangering beach properties. The history is outlined on placards. Nice views of the island.

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Austin Texas
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Take a tour of the island with a guide, Gail's Tours are the best. She is a local 6th generation Islander. She takes you out to the lighthouse and the area. You get a feel for the Island besides the downtown area

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New York City, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

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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