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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #22 of 87 things to do in Nantucket
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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. We also offer guided over-sand vehicle tours of the refuge, as well as self guided standup paddleboard tours.
Reviewed July 20, 2009

I took my family to the Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge last week. I would not recommend walking it by yourself in July because the mosquitos are wicked. But I highly recommend taking the official tour with your family sponsored by the Trustees and the park ranger services. It was five star event for everyone. We got a private tour for the lighthouse and saw seals and bunch of diferent birds. We lucked out and had the tour from real native from Nantucket and who was very informative and great with all ages.


Great Point lighthouse is located on the Northeast tip of the island. It was destroyed in March 1984 by a severe 'noreaster' storm and rebuilt in 1986. This lighthouse is accessible only by 4-wheel drive vehicle, unless you are an EXPERT and avid hiker and don't mind walking seven miles in the sand. A special over sand access sticker to the Coatue Wildlife Reserve ($85/season) is required for your vehicle. If you choose to rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle that comes with an rental access sticker, then you can drive out to the lighthouse for $20 per day. There is a warning though. Make sure you know how to drive on very soft sand. During the summer months many a tourist can be seen a few hundred feet onto the beach with their Jeep buried up to the frame. You really need to know what you are doing. Tows aren't cheap..

We also had lunch at Toppers which is not kid friendly in that they probably will not appreciate the beauty of the place until they are at least twelve years old.

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Reviewed January 9, 2006

Excellent! What an adventure driving on the beach, watching seals, fishing and picnicing. We went for a nice swim on the harbor side. In the summer bustle it was a great place to get away from it all. Highly recommended and tread carefully. Rare species abound.

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