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How to Spend Your Memorial Day Weekend on Nantucket

A sandy beach in Nantucket

Nantucket is a fantastic place to spend any weekend in the spring or summer and Memorial Day is no exception. It’s a popular destination for the final weekend in May for that very reason: there’s just so much to do and see.

If you’ve decided to spend Memorial Day on Nantucket for the first time this year, you’ve made the right choice. But you’re probably wondering exactly what you should do over the long weekend. Here are a few ideas for how to occupy your time:


One of the cornerstones of any successful vacation is knowing where to eat. There’s no shortage of restaurants on Nantucket. You have everything from casual spots to fine dining to bakeries, markets and more. Of course, you won’t be the only people traveling to Nantucket for the weekend, it’s actually quite a busy time. Don’t forget to make your reservations early to ensure you get to try any spot you’re interested in.


Here in the Northeast, it takes a while for spring weather to really settle in. While the first half of the season certainly beats winter, it’s not exactly warm and sunny. By Memorial Day weekend, things have usually warmed up to the point that the beach becomes an attractive option. There is more than a dozen different beaches to choose from so you’ll be sure to find something you like.


You can find festivals most weekends through the spring and summer in Nantucket. On May 27, 2023, the 22nd Annual Lunafest will be held at the Siasconset Casino. This women’s film festival will begin with a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m.

Bike Rental

Nantucket is a beautiful island with breathtaking views, especially during the springtime. One of the best ways to see it all is to rent a bike. You can get some fresh air and exercise while taking those views in.

And if you’re looking for a place to rent from, Nantucket Bike Shop can help! Stop in during your visit or call ahead at 508-228-1999 today to reserve your bike, e-bike, or moped rental for Memorial Day weekend or beyond!

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