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Sankaty Head Lighthouse

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The tip of the island

Lovely spot to look out at the Alantic ocean. Can get to see the steep cliffs in Siasconset and... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Worth the walk

We took the bus into Sconset then walked the bluff and continued the walk on Baxter street to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Shelby Township, Michigan
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  • Very good29%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“beach erosion”(5 reviews)
Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet above sea level.
Baxter Street, Siasconset, Nantucket, MA 02554
+1 508-228-1700
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely spot to look out at the Alantic ocean. Can get to see the steep cliffs in Siasconset and observe the erosion happening.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the bus into Sconset then walked the bluff and continued the walk on Baxter street to the lighthouse. It was a long walk - probably close to 3 miles round trip (from town to the lighthouse and back), but it was worth it....More

Thank jayjay821
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We absolutely loved walking out here on the bluff walk. Make sure to bring cold drinks/snacks along with you because there is NOTHING until you walk 20 to 30 minutes back to town. We had slowly walked the bluff walk out there and stopped on...More

1  Thank GrnMtnGirl79
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very close to where cars park. Amazing views and picture opportunities. Seems close to town, but not sure.

Thank okybrian
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Always love to see lighthouses and take photos. They saved this one by moving it inland and it is special. I suggest taking photos in the morning to get the best pictures. The guide told us about the Wampanoag who lived here until they were...More

Thank Gayle E
Reviewed August 19, 2018

I gave this an average rating because it was not easy to get to unless you have a bike or car. We did not make it to the lighthouse on foot. We took the bus from town to Sconset Main Street via Polpis Rd which...More

Thank Jackjack706
Reviewed August 12, 2018

Beautiful view, very interesting to see the views of the bluff and to see the erosion happening to the island.

Thank McGee5
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Was lucky enough to visit this week and learn about the lighthouse being moved in 2007 due to coastal erosion. Fascinating and terrifying in equal measure. A lovely, operational lighthouse. Love how it appears on Cisco brewery products and souvenirs too.

1  Thank Donna S
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Photographed from the road outside of Sconset on the way to Wauwinet, the lighthouse is about 1000 feet toward beach and is photographed across a wonderful color palette of greens and browns of red golf course rough, fairways and greens. One of best photo ops...More

1  Thank TheDotdog
Reviewed July 10, 2018

If you are staying in the Wauwinet area, the bike ride out to Sankaty head is just long enough to to feel you can treat yourself to a post-ride lobster roll and ice cream. It took us a little exploring to figure out how to...More

2  Thank Sarah S
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