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Part of Nantucket’s preserved charm is its 30-mile distance from the mainland (the island’s name means "far away land" in the indigenous Wampanoag dialect). The ferries of the Steamship Authority and Hi-Line Cruises leave year-round from the town of Hyannis on Cape Cod, while the Freedom Cruise Line runs June through September from the Cape’s Harwich Port. Ferries are fun and romantic and a great option when time is on your side, but for a quicker option from New York, Jet Blue has a 40-minute flight from JFK to the island’s small airport. The Jet Blue terminal wisely built play areas in which kids can tire themselves before getting on a plane, and the airline has extended the route into the late October shoulder season this year. Delta also flies from New York directly to Nantucket until September, and Cape Air flies from Boston.

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