The Grey Lady gets her name from an abundance of cloud cover and occasional showers. Don’t fret if a little sprinkle comes down on your cobblestone plans—we have four fantastic ideas of what to do in Nantucket on a rainy day! Whether you’re looking for a culturally enriching experience or a day of sipping and snacking, there’s just the place for you no matter what the weather looks like!
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What to Do in Nantucket on a Rainy Day
We know you can’t hit the beach, and that’s okay. Explore the best indoor activities our island has to offer. We have everything you need to know about what to do in Nantucket on a rainy day.
Nantucket Whaling Museum
Nantucket’s Whaling Museum is a must-see stop, rain or shine, during your island visit. The museum features an in-depth look at the 18th-century whaling industry, an interactive tour of the Hadwen & Barney Oil and Candle Factory, a look at the whaleship Essex, rare film footage, and even a 46-foot sperm whale skeleton! Don’t stop there, explore all of Nantucket’s best museums during your rainy day travels.
Egan Maritime’s Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum
No Atlantic island would be complete without its share of shipwreck stories. Visit the Egan Maritime’s Nantucket Shipwreck and Lifesaving Museum and discover the island’s most unique artifacts and tales. The museum is located within Folger’s Marsh, and it’s the perfect place to watch the raindrops fall onto the swaying seagrass.
Enjoy a cold one while enjoying the sound of rain on the tin roof at Cisco Brewery. The local brewhouse is the only one on the island, and they offer up seasonal craft brews with live music and friendly company. It’s located in the agricultural region of the island with views of the sandy farms. Be sure to take a growler back to the hotel for a nightcap!
Catch a movie in Nantucket’s crown jewel of theatre arts. Dreamland offers daily film showings of all of the box office hits along with seasonal performing art productions. Nothing says “perfect rainy day” quite like a day at the theater!
Curl Up at Periwinkle Inn During Your Next Visit
The best cure for a rainy day is cozying up underneath a warm blanket with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and a good book. Our nostalgic Perwinkle Inn is the perfect spot to hideaway! Book your stay in the Captain Bildad room and enjoy a lovely distant harbor view, a plush queen-size bed, furnishings true to the whaling era, and a copy of “Moby Dick” to complete your rainy day reading list.
Discover the charm of Nantucket through Periwinkle Inn. From our complimentary breakfast to our historic architectural style, a stay at the Periwinkle means walking into the time that put Nantucket on the map. Book today and experience it for yourself!