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“Beautiful and most accessible lighthouse, best for sunset!”

Brant Point Lighthouse
Ranked #7 of 88 things to do in Nantucket
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Owner description: Established in 1746, America's second oldest lighthouse has been in service more than 250 years.
Reviewed July 9, 2016

Oh, wow, what can I say! This lighthouse is probably the first landmark you see if you take the ferry to Nantucket. It is not very high, nor is it on a high bluff or cliff, but it is really a beautiful lighthouse. What's more, it is also a wonderful place to see sunset -- we were told that the beach at the end of the Madaket bus route (near Smith Point) is the best place to see sunset, which it may be, but given the time and location -- at the time of our visit (early July, 2016), sunset was at 8:20 or so, and the last ferry out of Nantucket was at 9:20, it would be a rush to get back from Madaket (and there would be a real risk of missing the ferry) -- Brant Point is a much more convenient location for watching the sunset.

But don't think you are short-changed! The sunset at Brant Point rivals anywhere (see photos for proof). At the beach near the lighthouse, the sun sets on the other side over Jetties Beach, and Brant Point Lighthouse itself would be in lovely light. Sometimes the best light in the sky happens after the sunset, and here you can linger for a while (it is only about 15 minutes walk back to the ferry dock). This was exactly what we did, and after a full day of activity on Nantucket, this was a fitting highlight and conclusion of this trip.

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Reviewed July 9, 2016

Thou small, it is understandable why this lighthouse is famous. Beautiful views paired with a sunny day will make your trip to this lighthouse worthwhile!

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Reviewed July 6, 2016

Great location to watch the boats come and go. A bit of a walk from where we parked, but it was a perfect location for a family picnic.

Thank Susan P
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Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We always make the short trek from downtown Nantucket out to the Brant Point Light! ( it's the light house one sees coming into Nantucket harbor by ferry). 20 minutes on leisurely roads bordered by perfectly trimmed hedges and beautiful Nantucket "cottages" lived in by the likes of Secretary of State John Kerry...
Once at the point, one can watch all the ferries, mega yachts and sailing yachts come and go from the harbor! Very lovely.

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Reviewed June 27, 2016

This is my favorite place on the island .
This place is perfect for taking wonderful photographs .
This is the scene of many weddings .
In the summer many weddings happen in this place.

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