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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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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
2 helpful votes 2 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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119 reviews 119 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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190 reviews 190 reviews
73 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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76 reviews 76 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Hiram, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

This lighthouse and Great point have both been moved to save them. My dad was billeted here in WW2 as a loran operator and ran the lighthouse for 2 weeks when the keeper went on vacation. Two keepers homes have been torn down in the past 50 years due to sever erosion.

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