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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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Cleveland, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed getting here, but it not well-marked. We drove mopeds--a little adventuresome but not bad in after prime-time tourist season due to decreased traffic. We enjoyed the view around here--it's also next to the Nantucket country club which is pretty--especially in the Fall. You can go from here to Siasconset beach which is prototypical Cape Cod,... More

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Almost didn't find this lighthouse as not signposted but found it anyway! It is situated at the end of a dead-end road with room for about 4-5 cars. There is no charge for parking and you cannot go into/up the lighthouse but worth a quick photo opportunity.

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42 reviews 42 reviews
14 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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31 reviews 31 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Sydney, Australia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
49 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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24 helpful votes 24 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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16 helpful votes 16 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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