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From rest to running around, relaxation to rocking, your choice to have an active or low-key visit to Nantucket is up to you. The many beaches offer summer getaways for you and and your family – Madaket is the best one for sunsets, Cisco is out of the way and Jetties Beach is family oriented and walking distance to town. Surfside has a snack shop and is busy with college age folks. There are shuttles to the outlying areas or you can rent a bike.
Biking on miles of dedicated and connected trails may be one of the best things Nantucket has to offer. Just don't plan on biking in town - the cobblestones are very challenging and cyclists are not welcome on the sidewalks. The Madaket trail is about 5 1/2 miles and ends at Madaket beach. The first mile is rather ho-hum and right off the road. Then you weave in and out of moorland blessed with heather and the heavenly scent of baybuerry, (offset by a pass through the town dump) but then you are gliding past inlets where families are crabbing. Almost to the beach, you'll find a convenience store and deli. The beach has rough surf, lifeguards and port-a potties. Do the round trip and you'lll have a sense of accomplishment - 11 miles! But you can also choose to take yourselves and your bikes back on the bus which stops conveniently by the convenience store. The trail has some very gentle hills but is mostly flat.
Bike paths also take you to Surfside Beach, with a bypass to go to Sconset and Polpis (more ambitions rides at about 9 miles one-way.)
Nantucket has some wonderful art galleries located in town and along the wharf, along with numerous opportunities to buy whale pants or a pink and green skirt. The Nantucket Hospital Thrift store occasionally has some finds from cuff links to $5 plaid jackets.
Foodies will enjoy the island as everything from donuts to lobster rolls to garlic scallops can be savored. There is entertainment that includes the actor’s theatre, a haunted house tour each evening, live bands at the Chicken Box, and live piano music at the Club Car.
History buffs can keep busy with the Whaling Museum and various Quaker related houses.
You can walk along the marina and google at the amazing yachts or take a chartered fishing trip out for either a ½ or full day. Or you can simply sleep late and catch up on your latest novel. Have fun!