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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Wauwinet Rd, Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number:
+1 508-228-5646
05:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 05:00 - 22:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

Discover this ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors,...

Discover this ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play. Explore sand dunes and small coastal forests, salt marsh and tidal ponds, on 16 miles of trails and sand roads. We also offer guided over-sand vehicle tours of the refuge, as well as self guided standup paddleboard tours.

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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife tour to Great Point Lighthouse

Had a wonderful family experience on official tour with Barry providing history of the area and patiently handling all the questions from our grandchildren. Weather was great and... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2016
harold b
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2016

Had a wonderful family experience on official tour with Barry providing history of the area and patiently handling all the questions from our grandchildren. Weather was great and lighthouse a special stop. The area may be difficult to visit in a few years as erosion could make it difficult to reach the lighthouse.

Thank harold b
Westchester , NY
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51 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Famous for decades . Totally cool beach to north of town ( gotta buy a permit ) where you can drive for milesand miles on the beach ( don't try it if inexperienced , its really soft sand ) . Bring a pole , always something in water biting . Pick up take out from Sayles like we did and... More 

2 Thank ryecapital
Oxford, Massachusetts
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33 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is a wonderful wildlife refuge on the northern tip of the island. Getting to the refuge requires a permit and a fee. A 4x4 vehicle is also recommended. The beach is beautiful but not great for swimming due to the rip currents. This is the best place on the island to see seals. At certain times of the year,... More 

Thank ethomas1850
Lincoln, Massachusetts
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144 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Eight of us went out with The Trustees of Reservations tour in their enclosed airconditioned van with Barry as our excellent guide. We learned a great deal about this beautiful, mostly wild part of Nantucket. We started in Wauwinet and then went out through the stunted cedars to the beach and saw osprey next with fledglings and parents. Because this... More 

2 Thank Auroraam
Brooklyn, New York
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231 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

The Coskata-Coatue refuge is a beautiful part of Nantucket which is off the beaten path. Many rent Jeeps and drive themselves often getting stuck in the soft sand and having to wait until the only tow truck that will go there arrives and you pay an outrageous amount (a couple had to wait a week to get towed because the... More 

2 Thank GMBG
Tampa, Florida
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36 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2016

I looked forward to seeing this area on my visit to Nantucket. Was disappointed to find you had to rent a four wheel drive truck and get a permit to go here. They give expensive tours ($40and up) so if you're really into nature and hiking you would enjoy this.

2 Thank 841ann
Totowa, New Jersey
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137 reviews
48 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2016

Quiet peaceful relaxing. Watching seals birds and waves is the thing to do here. The trex to the lighthouse is fun using the "inside trail" or the beach trail. Either way having previous off roading skills with a 4x4 will help and make for an event free (meaning avoid getting stuck in the sand) trip. Pack a lunch. Bring a... More 

1 Thank vincentd972
Montreal, Canada
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115 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2015

I booked that special visit as this is the only way to go to the very end of the island and to learn about its nature. My only disappointment was that, in my opinion, this is where the beaches are the most beautiful and also where you can easily swim but, unfortunately, you cannot swim during the guided tour. However,... More 

1 Thank Odette D
North Dartmouth, Massachusetts
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19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2015

2 1/2 hour over sand trip with ocean on both sides out to light house we could climb up to top. Pleasant informative driver. We live near the ocean so it wasn't as special for us as it would be for someone who rarely saw the ocean

Thank Outdoorsys2080
Harwich, Massachusetts
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59 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2015

After reading reviews thought this was something that we should not miss. Our guide Barry picked us up in town and after airing down we were off. Barry was down to earth and passionate about his island home. We saw egrets, seals, and baby sea gulls but the best part was when we got to the lighthouse we were able... More 

3 Thank luv2ski16

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