The Mid Island area is a term that loosely describes the area between downtown, Surfside, and the airport. This area is best known for its conveniences, including the schools, grocery store, health clubs, and restaurants. Any point on the island is fairly easy to get to from here, be it by car, bike, or the island’s public transit bus. Mid Island vacation rentals are moderately priced and are often very family friendly.
In the heart of mid island, right along Surfside Road as you leave town, lie the Nantucket Public Schools. In summertime, they offer day camps and activities for the kids, including swimming lessons in the high school’s beautiful Olympic-sized pool. Adult and elder programs are available as well. In between the high school, middle school, and elementary school there are playgrounds, basketball courts, and athletic fields that are bustling with activity from soccer camps, adult recreational leagues, and neighborhood pickup games. Behind the elementary school sits Nantucket Ice, a state-of-the-art ice rink with programs and hockey leagues for youth and adults (and also some really great Thai food at the concession stand). There are also a few health clubs in the Mid Island area, including a spinning studio and a Crossfit gym.
Mid Island has a high concentration of restaurants, much like the downtown area. Dine at the Sea Grille for fresh seafood and award-winning chowder, or Island Kitchen for the perfect re-energizing Sunday brunch after a night out. Don’t miss Pi Pizzeria for thin crust Neopolitan pizza and fresh takes on Italian dinner favorites. Hit Lola Burger for craft burgers, shakes, and people watching at the rotary on your bikeride to or from Sconset. There are numerous other restaurants, bakeries, sandwich shops, and conveniences all within this hopping area.
As far as nightlife is concerned, the Mid Island area is home to the best party spot on island - the mecca of monkey business, the headquarters of hijinks, the scene of shenanigans, the capital of cavorting – the internationally infamous Chicken Box. If you’re looking for the quintessential way to let loose in true Nantucket fashion, look no further. It wouldn’t be odd to find a gentleman in a tuxedo playing pool with a sandy, salty surfer dude. Women in bridesmaids’ dresses – heck, even the brides themselves – have been seen dancing on the stage as everyone else rocks out to great tunes on the dance floor. Anything goes at the Box, which is why revelers of all ages and walks of life flock to this island institution for free-flowing libations and great live music. There are a few other fun night spots nearby, too – Kitty Murtagh’s, an Irish pub, and the Grey Lady, another lively spot for the after dinner crowd.
Whether it’s fun family activities you’re looking for, or a great social scene, Mid Island is the ideal spot. Its proximity to town and many beaches make it a no-stress choice for a vacation rental home.