Nantucket has three lighthouses that are all still in operation.
If you arrive by ferry you will see Brant Point Light as you are entering the harbor.At 26 feettall, it is the shortest lighthouse in New England.
The Brant Point Lighthouse was originally built in 1746. The current lighthouse has been there for over 110 years.
Brant Point Lighthouse is easy to walk to from town. We enjoy getting ice cream cones after dinner and walking over to Brant Point Light to watch the boats in the harbor and the ferries arriving and leaving.
Sankaty Head Lighthouse
Sankaty Head Lighthouse, the most iconic lighthouse on Nantucket with its red and white stripes, is 70 feet tall and was first built in 1850.
In 2007, the lighthouse was moved away from the edg of the cliff to prevent it from falling into the Atlantic ocean.
You can reach the Sankaty Head Lighthouse by car, bike or by walking from Sconset.
Great Point Lighthouse
The Great Point Lighthouse is located at the northernmost point of Nantucket. This lighthouse was built in 1784.
The current lighthouse is a 60 foot replica of the original and was built in 1986.
To reach the Great Point Lighthouse you need a four wheel drive vehicle and a beach permit. Or, you can walk seven miles in the sand to get there. You are also able to book tours through the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge.
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