Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket with Kiddos

Old Mar 6th, 2013, 07:53 AM
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Martha's Vineyard or Nantucket with Kiddos

Just wondering which you would choose for kids (ie. more to do/see/experience) for first time. My husband and I have been to the Vineyard (never Nantucket) and loved it, but this was pre-kids and getting around was super easy alone. We have 3 (9, 6 and 2) and wondering whether we should bring our car or rely on shuttle all week. Pretty much same cost to take versus leave and could make getting to/from beaches easier with little guy. Would love recs on must dos either place and which you would recommend and why.
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Old Mar 6th, 2013, 08:40 AM
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We live in Nantucket, so I am prejudiced. Here are some advantages and warnings.

More public beaches on Nantucket owing to arrangements with property owners. You can walk for miles without restriction.

Sound beaches (Jetties, Steps and Dionis are wave free. Madaket, Cisco, Surfside, Nobadeer, Madaquecham, Tom Nevers and Sconset have big Atlantic waves, sometimes dangerous and not just for the little guys. Quidnet is amazing: Atlantic on one side of the dune, fresh water Sacaja (spelled Sesacacha) Pond on the other side of the dune. Take your choice.

I would try to rent in town and drive to the beach rather than vice versa. It is easier to walk to dinner than to find a place to park, but there is plenty of parking at the beaches.

My granddaughters, 8 and 4, ask their mother every day when they can go to Nantucket again. They are currently booked for the last week in July and the first week in August, but the older may come for an extra week or two. My son says his chief goal in life is to ensure that his girls get to spend two weeks in Nantucket every single year of their lives.

Sounds okay to me.
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Old Mar 6th, 2013, 01:14 PM
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Wow, thanks Ackislander. If we are there for 7 days, where else can we go with them besides beach/pool if weather doesn't permit?
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Maria Mitchell Association has various science oriented actives for kids.

Get nets and some chicken necks. Tie the necks to strings and let them get smelly overnight. Go to the Crab Bridge on the Madaket Road and catch crabs or stop on Long Pond and catch Snapping Turtles.

The Whaling Museum is a museum or artifacts, not just pictures, with a whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling, a model railroad, and an observation tower.

Go to the movies at the Starlight or Dreamland.

Go to the airport and write down the numbers of all the private jets. Look them up on the Internet to see who is in town.

The restaurant at the airport has dinner specialties nightly (rib night, fish and chips night) that are great bargains, and it is super family friendly. there is a fenced play area outside. The Westender in Madaket is also kid friendly, tho adults will just want a lot of stiff drinks until the kids leave about 8. also a play area outside.

Take a tour with Gail learn Island history and find out who lives in those big houses.

That's a start!
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Hey Ack, I heard that little bungalow dropped the price by 12 large. Looking up the jet numbers is pretty funny. I've often looked up boat names!
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