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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

Address: Wauwinet Rd, Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone Number: 508-228-5646
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Ranked #14 of 45 Attractions in Nantucket
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Owner description: 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.

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English first
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

My husband and I went on the CC Wildlife Refuge tour going out to the end of the point and the lighthouse. Saw herons, egrets, swans, seals, and other flora and fauna along the way. View from lighthouse amazing! Great tour guide. Well worth going!

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Waltham, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

This place came highly recommended so we made sure to block off some time for it during our short trip to Nantucket -- what was not made all that clear was how difficult it is to get to without an oversand vehicle, and by difficult, I mean, almost not worth it at all. We were briefly told at the Ranger's... More

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Mukwonago, WI
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189 reviews 189 reviews
46 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

When entering the Rangers will brief you on tire pressure, give you maps and assist if needed. It was an outstanding day as we had the beach pretty much to ourselves. Saw lots of seals, and shorebirds as well as the lovely lighthouse. Great photo opportunities. Beautiful beach to swim, in some areas better than others for small children. No... More

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Nantucket, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Tough to get to unless you are on a boat or have a beach permit, but worth it for the beautiful sunsets, quiet location and views.

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New York City, New York
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The northernmost tip of this refuge is the Great Point Lighthouse. To get there, we had rented a Hertz Ford Explorer with the proper Nantucket Beach permit so that we could drive along the very long stretch of beautiful beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. You must deflate your tires to 14 lb.--- not too far from the gatehouse (which is... More

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Winchester, Massachusetts
15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a truly special place, Miles of shore line with only an occasional fisherman. Lots of birds, seals etc. This is hard to get to--requires 4 wheel drive-- and some areas are blocked because of nesting plovers-- but that's why it's usually all yours!

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Uppsala, Sweden
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63 reviews 63 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

Very intestesting little tour with rental car. And of course it is always cool to say that you have driven on the beach...

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Hiram, Maine
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Four inch thick vines and some of the worst salt marsh mosquitoes out side of Maine. What I am describing is the road through Coskata forest which leads to the pond. Roll up your windows. The rest of Coatue is unique and beautiful no mosquitoes. Where else in New England can you still find a mile of sand beach to... More

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New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
13 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Beautiful vistas all around. I recommend a guided tour by www.the trustees.org. Their knowledge of the area adds great value to the trip. Don't leave your camera home. The Great Point Lighthouse, sand dunes, beautiful sea shore and a variety of wildlife to be found depending on what time of year you go.

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New York City, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

We went to the tour with The Trustees of Reservations and our tour guide is Barry, too! He is absolutely what the other comments described: knowledgeable, humorous, sensitive, patient, and professional. For those who does not have a car, this is a trip to take us to see the miles and miles of the beach, occasionally see people fishing on... More

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