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Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge

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Wauwinet Rd, Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA 02554
+1 508-228-5646
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Don't miss he seals!

Our last morning, we reserved a seat on the 8 passenger Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition Trustee... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2017
Patricia W
Another amazing beach

Beautiful beach but aren't they all? I ran four miles on the VERY soft sand but found decent... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
dave d
Bradford, Massachusetts
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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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  • Average8%
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Hours Today: 5:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Wauwinet Rd, Wauwinet, Nantucket, MA 02554
+1 508-228-5646
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Reviewed 16 November 2017

Our last morning, we reserved a seat on the 8 passenger Massachusetts Land Trust Coalition Trustee tour bus to see this remote part of the island. Our driver, an interesting local man, filled us in on local lore, stopped on request, and explained the ecology...More

Thank Patricia W
Reviewed 16 September 2017

Beautiful beach but aren't they all? I ran four miles on the VERY soft sand but found decent purchase in the tracks of the cars that had recently passed. Very scenic, saw a seal. Very tough for hiking or running with the sand being so...More

Thank dave d
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

Well, might be nice - but we will never know. We made a reservation to be picked up in town and the driver never showed. After repeated calls, they finally called back 1/2 hr after the pickup time and said the driver made a mistake....More

Thank Ron C
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Choose between a tour, renting an overland-vehicle, a very long hike, but get to the reserve. Yes it's expensive: In the shoulder season (June) a licensed 'Over-Sand' Jeep costs about $200. when it's all said and done. $45. for the entry (vehicle and all passengers)....More

Thank painter04646
Reviewed 18 June 2017

If you have a half day with nothing to do then look into the tour to the refuge (they were not operating every day when we were there in mid June). The our is a little pricey ($60 per adult) but worth it. Thee area...More

Thank Grammie321
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...More

1  Thank harold b
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...More

3  Thank ryecapital
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...More

Thank ethomas1850
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...More

4  Thank Auroraam
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...More

2  Thank GMBG
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6 August 2016|
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Response from fpollnac | Property representative |
On the Coskata Coatue Web page, there is an 'upcoming things to do' section on the right side. If you click on "Natural History Tours' there, it will take you to a page that has information about the tours and how to book... More