Nantucket Island’s rich history spans more than 400 years, and because it’s just 25 miles south of Cape Cod, it’s the perfect destination for a doggy day trip. Well known for its beaches, it’s a popular vacation spot, especially for pet lovers. Rated as the best island in the world by National Geographic, Nantucket is the ideal island getaway for you and your pooch.

Getting There

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The Steamship Authority
65 South Street
Hyannis, MA 02601
(508) 548-5011

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Travel aboard the Steamship Authority out of Hyannis to Nantucket Island. This two-hour ride offers a U.S. Coast Guard-certified crew, snack bar and free WiFi. Pets are welcome and ride free. Be sure to keep your furry companion leashed as you enjoy the sun and scenery. The Steamship Authority uses one of the largest and safest ships on the sea, and Transit Authority busses and taxis are available once you reach land.


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Nantucket Beaches
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 325-5348

Price: free

A trip to Nantucket just isn’t complete without a visit to one of its many breathtaking beaches. During the off season, leashed dogs are always welcome on Nantucket beaches. During the season, leashed dogs are welcome before 9 a.m. and after 5 p.m. on any beach. Brant Point and Francis Street allow leashed dogs at any time of day but do not have lifeguards. Beware, Brant Point has strong currents, but enjoy Francis Street’s calm waters.

Related: Nantucket Dubbed Best Island in the World By National Geographic


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119 Pleasant St.
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-3731

Pick up a few souvenirs at Geronimo’s for both the people and the animals in your life. Geronimo’s keeps up with the latest trends to make sure your furry companion is stepping out in style. Keep your dog leashed as you cruise the store in search of sweatshirts, books, collars, toys, items for the home, treats or pet supplies. If it’s time for another furry friend, Geronimo’s works with the Nantucket Animal Shelter to help place its adoptable animals.


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Something Natural
50 Cliff Road
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-0504

Something Natural is not your everyday sandwich shop. Bring your pup and sit at the outdoor picnic tables while you enjoy homemade sandwiches created from fresh-baked breads such as whole wheat, oatmeal, rye or Portuguese. Delight in ingredients including lobster salad, smoked turkey or honey-baked ham, or for the more mature palate, avocado, cheddar and chutney or sprouts, vegetables and hummus. With the generous portions, you will not go hungry. Top off your dining experience with fresh-baked, award-winning cookies.

Just in case

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Holt Veterinary Services
28 Macy’s Lane
Nantucket, MA 02554
(508) 228-2301

Rest assured that while you are on the island, a veterinary clinic is only moments away. A mobile unit makes house calls while the office is equipped with a lab for emergency blood work. Pick up flea and tick preventative, or shampoo to keep your furry fella comfortable. Purchase an odor eliminator candle to keep you or your nose more comfortable for that wet dog smell after you and your pup hit the waves.

Related: Doggy Day Trip: Provincetown

Nicole Adams resides on the South Shore of Massachusetts. She is a freelance writer specializing in animal welfare. Her work can be found at