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Thirty miles south of Cape Cod, Nantucket Memorial Airport is set in one of New England’s most attractive islands. The airport offers a range of year-round and seasonal flights to destinations in Cape Cod and further afield. Within the state of Massachusetts you can fly to Hyannis, Martha’s Vineyard, Boston and New Bedford. Other services take in Washington DC, New York City and Newark, New Jersey.
Accommodation near Nantucket Memorial Airport ranges from romantic inns near the beach to cosy bed and breakfasts as well as luxury hotels in historic buildings.
Nantucket Memorial Airport is a low-rise wooden structure whose quaint architecture suits the ambience of the island. Grab a meal in the restaurant before boarding your flight, or, if you’re pushed for time, can grab a snack from one of the vending machines.
There’s a gift shop and car-rental agencies as well as WiFi in the terminal. In keeping with the region’s artistic nature, there’s a changing exhibition of paintings, photographs and crafts that are for sale.
If you arrive by ferry from Cape Cod, Nantucket Memorial Airport is only three miles east of the ferry terminal at Nantucket Town. By car, it’s less than a 15-minute drive. One thing you will notice all over Nantucket is the word “ACK” printed on everything from T-shirts and logos to baseball caps. ACK refers to Nantucket’s airport code, and the word has been adopted by locals as a nickname for the island.
Discover the rich history of the island by strolling through the elegant streets of Nantucket Town – the only town in the United States declared a National Historic Landmark. Admire its stately Greek Revival buildings, including the Nantucket Atheneum, which doubles as the public library. Visit the Nantucket Whaling Museum to see how the industry made the island’s fortunes back in the 19th century. Relax on the nearby town beaches including Children’s Beach right by the ferry terminal as well as the equally family-friendly Jetties Beach.
While you’re in Nantucket, hop across to Cape Cod and enjoy the beauty of its endless sandy beaches and picturesque fishing villages. Lose yourself among the 40 miles of the Cape Cod National Seashore, which has some of the peninsula’s most tranquil beaches. Seafood lovers will be spoilt for choice by the countless restaurants and seafood shacks all around Cape Cod.
Take the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard, a beautiful island of charming historic houses, classy restaurants and peaceful beaches. It’s the largest island in New England and has a rich maritime past, as you can discover at the Martha’s Vineyard Museum in Edgartown.
Whichever part of Cape Cod you’re visiting, you’ll find it easy to travel to and from Nantucket Memorial Airport. You can arrange a rental car at the airport, or you can rent a bike and get around on two wheels.