As the last fog horn sounded, and the crew threw over the lines, stepping off the Massachusetts Steamship Ferry and breathing the salty Nantucket air was surreal. There’s something truly incredible about sharing one of New England’s greatest gems with the next generation. After an exciting ferry ride filled with anticipation, arriving just steps away from downtown Nantucket made the transition to island life seamless.
The beauty of exploring Nantucket with little ones seemed simple and pure! With numerous activities that are either a short walk or car ride away, it felt great to unplug and enjoy everything the island has been known to offer. One of our first stops was the local playground. We found this to be a wonderful spot to release a little 'post ferry candy sugar high' energy. While on the island, we made it a point to visit Sankaty Head and Brant Point lighthouses, which not only allowed us time to admire more natural island beauty, but also kick off a fantastic family adventure.
Nantucket offers so many side streets and quaint little spots to take a minute to just breath and enjoy its history. We found ourselves walking the bumpy cobble stone streets early most mornings (another bonus of traveling with little guys.) While the rest of the island slowly awoke, we strolled around town enjoying a warm coffee from The Bean and watched the island prepare for Saturday's Daffy Parade.
It was amazing to see the transformation of all the antique cars that joined us on the ferry and witness their transformation for the parade and events ahead. It felt as though the island was smiling! Every direction we turned, daffodils were in sight. Two of our favorite shopping spots in town were the iconic Murray's Toggery Shop (where Nantucket Reds were made famous) and Vineyard Vines where we purchased a few special edition long sleeve shirts to celebrate the weekend.
Our weekend wouldn’t have been complete without a few family dinners! The biggest hit was the thin crust pizza from Pi Pizza. Any kiddos favorite meal when traveling! We truly packed a lot of little adventures into a long weekend! Nantucket is truly a magical spot 30 miles off the shore of Cape Cod! In just a jam packed few days, we awoke Sunday to catch an early morning ferry ride back to Hyannis.
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One of our favorite parts of this particular vacation was the day on the water we spent with Captain Rich and his crew aboard the Schooner Eleanor. Our boys had sailed before, but never in Maine. They were up bright and early that morning eager to see what the ride would be like.