For those in need of family friendly activities, we’ve compiled a list of locations where kids can enjoy museums, sea creatures, sailing lessons and more.
508.228.6867 | crittercruise.com
Children and parents alike will have a blast aboard the Monomoy learning about the critters that Captain Josh pulls up from the harbor.
Maria Mitchell Aquarium
508.228.5387 | mariamitchell.org
The Maria Mitchell Aquarium is an incredible place for your kids to learn about sea-life around the island, from seahorses to octopus and even sharks. Check out their website for various exhibits and day camps.
508.364.9503 | nanpuppets.com
An island favorite, join Lizza Obremski and her group of handmade puppets for an entertaining and educational show for all age groups! Upcoming events can be found on her website and on Instagram. (@nanpuppets)
Nantucket Whaling Museum Discovery Center
508.228.1894 | nha.org
Kid-friendly area of the famed Whaling Museum. Kids of all ages can participate in hands-on-history activities, arts and crafts and so much more.
The Weezie Library For Children – Nantucket Atheneum
508.228.1110 | nantucketatheneum.org
Within the Nantucket Atheneum is the very popular Weezie Library for Children. Enjoy thousands of books, games, crafts and endless programs and events. Or enjoy letting your little ones roam the gated garden!
Tall Ship Lynx
508.228.2505 | eganmaritime.org
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience aboard the Tall Ship Lynx! Join expert tour guides for a hands-on educational voyage on teamwork and sailing while learning how to work a 19th century warship.
Nantucket Community Ice Rink
508.228.2516 | nantucketice.org
Open year-round, the rink is transitioning to field games and will be offering everything from Pickleball and Roller Hockey to Mini Golf. Check their website for the most up-to-date calendar.
Nantucket Skate Park
Located at 6 Backus Lane, this skate park includes multiple ramps, flow bowl and a half pipe. All ages and experience levels are welcome.
Nantucket Community Sailing
508.228.6600 | nantucketcommunitysailing.org
A local nonprofit dedicated to teaching and sharing the joy of sailing to all ages. Enjoy group classes, camps, private lessons and races.
Playgrounds and Beaches
There are multiple playgrounds and kid-friendly spots around the island! Some of Fisher’s favorite play areas include:
• Nantucket Atheneum
• Jetties Beach Playground
• Discovery Playground (Old South Road)
• ‘Sconset Playground (Cod Fish Park)
Located at the end of Harbor View Way, near the White Elephant Hotel, Children’s Beach offers events throughout the summer, to the snack bar (The Surf) and playground, this is the perfect place for families and children. Lifeguards are on duty in-season from 9am – 5pm. Check out nantucket-ma.gov for events from tie-dye clinics to Friday movie nights!
Family-Friendly Shops and Snacks
Barnaby’s Toy & Art Shack
508.901.1793 | barnabysnantucket.com
Nantucket’s beloved Barnaby Bear now has a shop for curated gifts, toys and an art studio for kids of all ages. The store offers daily classes and the schedule can be found on their website.
Force Five Watersports Candy Room
508.228.0700 | @force5nantucket
The best kept secret on island, is the candy room in the back room of Force Five Watersports. Enjoy every type of candy imaginable from classic chocolate bars to pick & mix options.
The Sunken Ship
508.228.9226 | sunkenship.com
The Sunken Ship offers a large range of gifts, Nantucket gear and just about every knick knack you could imagine for kids.
508.228.6883 | ackislandvariety.com
Large mid-island variety and toy store with something for everyone. They offer an assortment of products and have a large toy, game and crafting section.
Hang Loose Helado
Nantucket’s favorite ice cream truck. Follow them on Instagram to find out their weekly routes or listen for the music!
Services and Rentals
508.332.1951 | nannytucket.net
Whether you are looking for a sitter for the night or need an extra set of hands during your vacation, they will place you with a registered childcare staff member. References & background checks are required for all childcare candidates.
508.221.1081 | petitetravelers.com
Fully insured baby and beach equipment rentals. Offering everything from cribs and car seats to baby gates and toys. Enjoy home delivery, set up and demonstrations if needed.
508.284.4120 | nantucketbabyrentals.com
Enjoy packing lighter with Nantucket Baby. Offering bassinets, pack n’plays, toddler beds, strollers, high chairs and so much more. They offer free delivery and set up.
508.228.8555 | nicervacation.com
Clean, quality baby gear and equipment for rent. Enjoy delivery to your rental home or hotel.