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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 2013
Type: Lighthouses
Description: Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet above sea level.
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Bakersfield, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
2 helpful votes 2 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
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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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Hiram, Maine
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

We were staying in Sconset from the UK, with no car. Being Brits, we thought we'd walk to the Lighthouse and found we were the only people walking! Bikes and cars, yes, walking no! But no worries, it was only a couple of miles along Baxter Road, and walking gave time to admire all the wonderful houses along the way,... More

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

We rented a jeep and took a drive to see the lighthouse. What beautiful views of the golf course and water.

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Portland, Maine
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2013

Beautiful spot, very scenic, saw all the major lighthouses while we were on the island. Would love to see this one from the ocean next time.

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Frederick, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

Excellent photo opportunities and lots of history to boot. Thoroughly enjoyed this visit and enjoyed the drive to get there as well.

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