Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge Reviews: 4.5/5

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
4.5
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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lovetotravel846
Boston, MA159 contributions
Beautiful views
Jun 2021
You must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle to drive up to the lighthouse. Drive through the residential area, then fields and finally onto the narrow beach. If you are not used to beach driving this may be difficult for you. We are very used to beach driving yet did find in some areas it was very narrow with parked cars along the beach. The lighthouse area is a nice place to stop and enjoy before heading back. There is a $50 fee to enter the Refuge, which goes to the Trustees of the Reservation - that cares for all the Massachusetts state parks.
Written June 16, 2021
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CarTRVLR
Carlisle, MA170 contributions
Just beautiful
Sep 2019
However you can get there, try to go. Whether by guided tour or by self-tour, this is an always-changing, incredibly beautiful place. I've never taken a tour so can't recommend a specific one. Rent a kayak/canoe on Washington St and row over to Coatue. If you are driving yourself and are not used to driving on sand, stick to the beach routes--there's a lot of soft sand in the interior routes (and ALWAYS have your tires down to 15 psi). Stop frequently and look around. The light and the vistas are priceless. It's just an amazing place. Go to Great Point Light. Go to Coatue and just stop again.
Written January 8, 2020
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Dawnzo
Trenton, NJ799 contributions
Best Tour on Island 👌♥️
Oct 2019 • Solo
Via the Preservation Trust, the tour on this part of the island is excellent. Barry waess an excellent tour guide. Great history given and natural conservation evident. A trip up the lighthouse was one of the highlights. Seals can be seen and various other birds. Awesome tour away from the stores and hustle and bustle. Highly recommended!!
Written October 4, 2019
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Dawn, Thanks so much and so glad it all worked out. Hope to see you again, every trip out is a little different. Diane
Written October 6, 2019
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Sue H.
South Chelmsford, MA55 contributions
Absolutely Beautiful and Pristine Refuge!
Sep 2019 • Couples
Spoke to a very nice gal, Diane, on the phone, to reserve a spot for my husband and I to take the tour. She took time answering my questions, and made suggestions as to what we might want to bring along with us, for the 3 hour over sand vehicle tour.
Our tour guide met us in town. He’s a life long islander, Barry, and is a wealth of information. A very nice man, both easy to talk to and ask questions of.
The tour of the area was phenomenal! We saw a lot of different native vegetation, some of which was very unexpected. He pointed out many different bird species, Sanderlings, Oyster Catchers, and a variety of Seagulls as well as several others. Riding over the deep sand roads, with dunes along the side of us was pretty amazing! He pointed out the residences within, and told us about the history of those, and the old life house station on the grounds. Riding along the beach was spectacular, where we saw seals, frolicking in the water. We also climbed up to the top of Great Point Lighthouse. The views were AMAZING! I could elaborate, and go on forever about this experience. But I’ll save that for you to have on your tour. I highly recommend! It was one of the most beautiful and pristine places that I’ve ever seen! My husband concurs! Can’t wait to do it again! Well worth it!
Written September 10, 2019
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Barbara Shehan
Woodstock, VT16 contributions
Baby Seagulls
Jul 2019 • Couples
I hiked out to this Wildlife Refuge to see Great Point and also to see the nesting gulls. Surreal experience walking through a trail with hundreds of squawking seagulls watching your every move. SO COOL! BTW, baby seagulls are absolutely adorable. This is a must see. Worth every mile of the hike we took to get here.
Written July 10, 2019
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You are awesome hiking out to see Great Point! This is a strenuous hike, and you must be fully prepared! So glad you made it! Diane Lang Manager
Written July 11, 2019
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Anne-Christine R
Boston, MA112 contributions
Take the tour with the Trustees!
Jun 2019 • Family
The Trustees offer a guided tour in a Jeep and it is well worth it. Our guide was super knowledgeable and told us all kinds of stories about Nantucket. The refuge was pristine and the view from the top of the lighthouse was fabulous!
Written June 28, 2019
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Thanks so much! We enjoyed having you with us! Diane Lang Manager
Written July 11, 2019
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Discover714709
12 contributions
Absolutely Beautiful!
Apr 2019
We just returned from a trip to Nantucket. We went for the day because we were staying on Cape Cod. The driver met us at the ferry and we took a tour of the refuge. Everyone was so welcoming! The views were stunning! It was quite cold and windy but we were the only ones on the refuge! The seals were everywhere! We had an 11, 12, 14 and 15 year old and we ALL LOVED it so much! Well worth it. Definitely the highlight of our time in New England!!
Written April 8, 2019
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Thanks so much! We are planning on offering tours like these year round due to the popularity and requests from visitors like you! It was great to meet you and hope you are able to make the journey again sometime. Diane Lang Manager
Written July 11, 2019
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Lada K
51 contributions
Need a four wheel drive car, otherwise 3-4 hour walk each way
Sep 2018 • Solo
It is a very beautiful place on the island, unfortunately if you intend to walk, plan for the whole day hike as you’ll be walking in deep sand for hours. There is a beautiful wide path along the beach, mobile toilets on every mile or so. You’ lol mostly meet cars, very few people choose to hike as one needs to be really fit! If you hike in summer, take lots of water!
Written October 2, 2018
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Benjamin-traveler
New York City, NY520 contributions
Beautiful — but if you decide to hike, be prepared !
Jul 2018 • Family
We took a Uber to the park gate and walked part of the trail towards the lighthouse but not all the way.

We saw a couple of hikers and lots of 4x4 (tours and private cars). If the sun is strong, bring a lot of water. Also beware:
— tought to walk in the sand ;
— bugs / mosquitoes in July (bring repellent).
— bring A LOT of water.

We had a baby in a backpack and it was mot an easy hike given terrain.

If I decide to visit again , I will either rent a 4x4 ($300 per say I think) to being the kids, or run it on my own.
Written July 29, 2018
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So glad you made it out and yes, you are correct, BE PREPARED! Make sure you stop at the Wauwinet Gatehouse, where the STOP signs are located. There you can get a map, talk with our knowledgeable staff, and understand what hiking out really means. We will also make sure you have our phone number and know to flag down a ranger if you need any assistance on the refuge. Diane Lang Manager
Written July 11, 2019
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TheDotdog
Lafayette, LA328 contributions
Rented Jeep and drove miles on beach
Jul 2018 • Couples
Rented Jeep and drove miles on beach. Saw seals, seagulls, and eagles nest with adult eagles feeding chicks, found big seashells, and otherwise had a blast. You pay 25 bucks for day pass at gate and let air out of your tires until they register 15 psi, and you are off on an adventure you will not soon forget.
Written July 16, 2018
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Hi-I'm so glad you enjoyed your visit! The large birds nesting are ospreys, very similar to eagles, but I don't want any rumors to get out that we have eagles here. Also, the permit for rental jeeps is $45, just so others who read this know, and each additional day is only $10. All the revenue supports the Trustees and Nantucket Conservation Foundation, both non-profits conservation organizations who manager and own the refuge. Hope you come back to visit again!
Written July 22, 2018
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