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Sankaty Head Lighthouse

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Address: Baxter Street, Siasconset, Nantucket, MA 02554
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+1 508-228-1700

Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet...

Built in 1850, this distinctive brick lighthouse stands on a bluff 90 feet above sea level.

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Beautiful lighthouse on Nantucket, a must see. Sits on top of the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Anne P
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Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

Beautiful lighthouse on Nantucket, a must see. Sits on top of the bluffs overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Thank Anne P
Aspen, Colorado
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Make sure to read all of the educational signage. This lighthouse was actually moved! The old foundation is still there near the new site. A classic and beautiful lighthouse. Great place for pictures.

Thank VrVxVyVa
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69 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

How lucky are we? Sankaty light is one of our 3 lighthouses. Sankaty sits on a bluff that has been a concern due to erosion. Over the years, houses and the lighthouse have been moved to accommodate Mother Nature. Sankaty is a private golf club with greens that make the view fabulous. There are several tour buses that drive past... More 

Thank piperwings
Naples FL
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67 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Beautiful working lighthouse that was moved away from the crumbling bluff. Good signage explaining the site and plenty of parking.

Thank thechefnaplesfl
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15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

This side trip offers a beautiful view of Sciasconsett from the bluff overlooking the ocean. In addition there are some lovely homes to be seen on the drive to the lighthouse. There are some plaques with information on the history which is interesting since the lighthouse was moved inland a bit due to erosion.

Thank CAgirlqt
Saddle River, New Jersey
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64 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

This is a lovely lighthouse on Nantucket but you have to really pay attention as far as which road to take to be able to get really close to it. The bike path that you bike on will not get you to it and if you cross the road you will not be able to get to it either as... More 

1 Thank yoga4fun16
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 26 August 2016

Second time visiting this site. Helps you understand the enormous dedication of the lighthouse keeper in protecting ships & crew. Lovely setting at the edge of the sankaty golf course too.

Thank mariahN8297PX
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12 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is definitely worth a drive out, particularly at sunset. Great scenery along the way, too. Quintessentially picturesque.

Thank Jesse D
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 22 August 2016

Beautiful lighthouse located about 7 miles out of Nantucket Town in an area greatly affected by winter storms and erosion. The cliff erosion has speed up in the past years, dozens of homes have been relocated, a few structures went into the ocean. Now a fence keeps tourist safe. The lighthouse overlooks the golf course and Jack Welch's (CEO of... More 

Thank JMR815
Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

One of the best sights on the island. You need to drive or ride a bike down Baxter Road to see it but the vistas are amazing and gardens along with way are gorgeous!

1 Thank Rachael R

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