You Need To Experience Nantucket Wildlife Refuges

With rolling dunes, sandy beaches, and coastal wildlife, Nantucket is a breathtaking island. Did you know that it’s home to a collection of fascinating wildlife refuges and parks? Keep reading to learn about the picturesque Nantucket wildlife refuges you can visit the next time you visit the “Grey Lady.”

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It’s always the best time to visit Nantucket! Whether it’s spring, summer, fall, or winter, get outside and explore the beautiful Nantucket wildlife refuges.


This refuge is a 24-hour range that was established in 1973 to be an environment for migratory birds. Most of the Nantucket National Wildlife Refuge is characterized as barrier beach dunes, which includes the beach, berm, and dune system. This protected land is home to the Piping plover and Roseate tern, as well as a variety of gull species. You’ll also find gray and harbor seals hanging out throughout the refuge.


The breathtaking Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge Gatehouse encompasses miles of picturesque beaches, the most extensive red cedar woodland in New England, and the Great Point Lighthouse. This area is only accessible via boat or sand vehicle, which is offered by the Trustees of Reservations’. The park has miles of trails for you to explore, and the rare Eastern prickly pear cactus grows in a few places.


At Mass Audubon’s Sesachacha Heathlands Wildlife Sanctuary, you can explore two of Massachusetts’s rarest habitats—coastal heathland and sandplain grassland. The sanctuary is home to Sesachacha Pond, the largest body of brackish water on the island. The pond is home to over 300 bird species and is a paradise for birdwatchers. You can only access the refuge via narrow, soft sand roads that require four-drive vehicles.


Our exquisite boutique hotel is located in the heart of Nantucket’s downtown historic district. We offer 20 luxurious rooms and suites and an internationally inspired onsite restaurant, Via Mare. Greydon House provides the charm and comfort of a village inn paired with the upscale amenities of a modern hotel. Our convenient location keeps you close to the island’s best restaurants, beaches, theaters, and more!

When you stay with us in one of our Deluxe guest rooms, you’ll enjoy a plush king or queen-sized bed, chestnut floors, and elegant furnishings. The bathrooms feature hand-painted Dutch and Moroccan tile walk-in showers and Waterworks fixtures. We even provide complimentary hair and body care products from our favorite brands. Each room is appointed with a Sony 4K TV and Bose Bluetooth speaker for you to enjoy in your room or at the beach.

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