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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

Wauwinet Rd, Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA 02554
508-228-5646
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Ranked #13 of 49 Attractions in Nantucket
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Owner description: Discover this ruggedly beautiful coastal environment where deer, raptors, and shorebirds play. Explore sand dunes and small coastal forests, salt... more » 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. « less
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Nantucket, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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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
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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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52 reviews 52 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
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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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13 attraction reviews
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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
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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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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We took the tour through the Trustees of Reservations and so happy we did! Barry, our wonderful guide was very knowledgable about the area and wildlife. He grew up on the island, so can answer just about every question you have. He had quite the sense of humor too, so kept us entertained the whole time. The scenery is absolutely... More

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Gainesville, GA
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20 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

I was fortunate - when i showed up for my tour, i was the only one! I had the guide to myself and really enjoyed the scenary and the birds. Unfortunately my guide seemed to blame the seals for all the over fishing but kept my opinion to myself. The bad part was that right after my tour, they opened... More

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Moose Lake, Minnesota
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

Coskata-Coatue was a beautiful place! We rented a jeep from Affordable Rentals and had a beautiful May day to see the seals on the beach (from a distance!) and in the water, nesting birds, and Great Point Lighthouse. As long as we had the jeep rented for 24 hours, we also went to all of the beaches, and caught Quidnet... More

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