Photo Courtesy of Courtney ElkoChincoteague Island                  swimming pony
                                  swimming horses
                Assateague lighthouseView from the Island Inn of the neighboring propertySunset from Inlet View Campground

Families will love:

  • Wild ponies and wildlife
  • Beach and Assateague Island
  • Small town country feel

Chincoteague Island (pronunciation here) in Virginia is not your average shore or beach town; there aren't any high-rise resorts, nor is there a boardwalk filled with amusements. Instead, Chincoteague Island has a small-town, simple feel, and is best described as "country at the beach." The island ... more
Chincoteague Island (pronunciation here) in Virginia is not your average shore or beach town; there aren't any high-rise resorts, nor is there a boardwalk filled with amusements. Instead, Chincoteague Island has a small-town, simple feel, and is best described as "country at the beach." The island is also rich in maritime history, as it was once famous for clam and oyster harvesting; fishing and boating remain popular today. Local seafood restaurants dot the island for that reason, as do many food trucks and delicious sweet treat shops like the Island Creamery and Sandy Pony Donuts. Leave your formal wear at home, because most of your dining options are in a casual atmosphere or even better, on the waterfront. Have dinner along the Chincoteague Bay waterfront and witness a spectacular sunset.

But Chincoteague Island is best known for its wildlife -- specifically the wild ponies, found on both Chincoteague and Assateague Island. More than 100 wild ponies live in the 14,000-acre wildlife preserve, Chincoteague Natural Wildlife Refuge, which is on the Virginia side of Assateague Island. There is no development on Virginia's Assateague Island. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service operate Chincoteague Natural Wildlife Refuge and the Chincoteague ponies are managed by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department, which hosts the Annual Pony Swim each July. Visitors are always on the lookout for wild ponies and other wildlife while on Chincoteague Island. From ducks or turtles crossing the road, to an eagle soaring over a wild pony, the wildlife does not disappoint on Chincoteague Island.

Other things to do in Chincoteague Island, Virginia include climbing the spiral steps of the Assateague Lighthouse for pretty views at the top, building sandcastles or roasting S'mores on the beach, playing a round of mini-golf, and bike riding -- everything you need for a truly relaxing family vacation.



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