Chincoteague Things to Do

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    Assateague Light

    by grandmaR Written Sep 19, 2011

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    After the first 45 foot-high brick tower proved inadequate, the current 142 foot tall Assateague Lighthouse was built in 1867. It is an"early classic" round brick tower with lantern and gallery painted with red and white horizontal bands. The lantern roof is black. A natural bluff 22 feet above sea level adds to the light's height and visibility which is fortunate because the light no longer is on the shore. It is now almost 5 miles from the Chincoteague Inlet. The original 1st order Fresnel lens (restored during 2000-01) is on display at the Oyster and Maritime Museum in Chincoteague. The 2-story concrete keeper's house (1910) now houses wildlife refuge seasonal staff. The oil house (1891) also survives.

    The management of the lighthouse was transferred to the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2002 and tours of the facility are managed by the Chincoteague Natural History Association. In the season (starting in April), the lighthouse is open daily from 9 AM until 2:30 PM.
    Tour Fees: Adults $5, Children 17 and under $3.

    Even when the lighthouse is not open, you can still see the lighthouse by taking a short walk from the parking lot. And you can even see it from the back of the McDonalds parking lot.

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    Wildlife Refuge

    by grandmaR Written Sep 19, 2011

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    If you are primarily interested in the ponies, there is a Virginia herd and there is another group of ponies in Maryland.

    We weren't really looking for the ponies and we didn't see any. I tried to find where the visitor's center was on the Virginia side (there is no connection between the Virginia and Maryland parts of Asseteague), but the Visitor's Center was closed for the winter except on the weekend. On the plus side, there was no one to collect any fees. We have a senior pass so we wouldn't have had to pay anything anyway.

    FEE INFORMATION

    DAILY PASS $ 8.00

    WEEKLY PASS
    (Valid for seven days) $15.00

    CHINCOTEAGUE NWR ANNUAL PASS
    (Valid for one year) $30.00

    FEDERAL DUCK STAMP
    (Valid at all national wildlife refuges) $15.00

    FEDERAL DUCK STAMP AND BEACH PARKING $30.00

    INTERAGENCY ANNUAL PASS
    (Valid at federal recreation fee areas) $80.00

    SENIOR PASS
    (U.S. Citizens or residents 62 yrs. or older) $10.00
    Lifetime

    The refuge is open 7 days a week from:

    5:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M. from May through September.
    6:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M. from November through March.
    6:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M. the months of March, April and October.

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    Kayaking

    by jelw Updated Aug 1, 2011

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    rent boats or take a tour

    This is a perfect area to rent a kayak and explore the flora and fauna around the Islands. You can either get guided tours or get adventurous and go self guided.

    Assateague Explorer Kayak Tours & Rentals

    7512 East Side Rd.
    Chincoteague VA
    Phone: 757-336-5956

    Capt. Bob's Marina
    2477 Main St.
    Chincoteague 23336
    Phone: (757) 336-6654

    Chincoteague Island Watersports
    6176 Landmark Plaza
    Chincoteague VA 23336
    Phone: 757-336-1754

    Snug Harbor Marina
    7536 East Side Dr.
    Chincoteague VA 23336
    Phone: 757-336-6176

    SouthEast Expeditions
    6631 Maddox Blvd.
    Chincoteague VA 23336
    Phone: 757-52KAYAK

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    National Seashore

    by grandmaR Updated May 10, 2011

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    Assateague Island is divided between the states of Maryland and Virginia. Assateague Island National Seashore encompasses the entire island and adjacent bay areas from the Ocean City, Maryland inlet to Fishing Point on Toms Cove Hook in Virginia

    National Seashores do not usually have locations on VT, and this one is particularly confusing because of being in two states, and including in addition to the National Wildlife Refuge and the National Seashore, a state park in Maryland.

    Unfortunately we were in the Virginia District in February during the week and the Tom's Cove Visitor's center was not open. There is no road connection between the Virginia side and the Maryland side. We would have had to go back to the main road an drive north and then come east again to access the main visitor's center in MD.

    Virginia District
    Open January-February: 6 am - 6 pm.
    March-April: 6 am - 8 pm.
    May-September: 5 am - 10 pm.
    October: 6 am - 8 pm.
    November-December: 6 am - 6 pm.

    •Toms Cove Visitor Center
    March - November: Open 7 days/week.
    December - February: Open Friday - Monday.
    Closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.
    Winter, Spring & Fall: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
    Summer: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

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    Walkin', Yes indeed I'm Walkin'

    by keida84 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    No summer crowds, wide open spaces
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    We were a bit pressed for time the day we visited Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Jill showed us around the town and then we went out to Assateague Island and took a walk along the beach.

    There are three major public areas of Assateague Island: : Assateague Island National Seashore, managed by the National Park Service, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Assateague State Park, managed by Maryland's Department of Natural Resources.

    Camping is allowed on Assateague Island but only on the Maryland side. There is a link at the bottom of the page that may perhaps be of benefit to you.

    We took a long walk up the shore, a stiff wind was up and blowing but otherwise it was a perfect day. I found that the Eastern Coast has a much different beach than we are used to seeing on the West Coast.. Jill showed us example of a "horseshoe crab" which as far as I know does not exist on the Central Coast of California. The depostion of rocks, shell and beach glass occur in abundance, quite unlike our shoreline at Hollywood Beach.

    I would like to return to the two islands, maybe in the summertime and spend more time exporing the island and soaking up the wonderful Chincoteague hospitality.

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    Oyster & Maritime Museum

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Oyster & Maritime Museum

    This is a non-profit educational institution. they opened in 1972 and was expanded in 1996. Found by women from the island in 1965, tells a story about the sea food industry here on the island. The First Order Fresnel Len from the Assateague Lighthouse is located inside the front corner of the museum. Also has a library, Museum store and an aquarium

    Open Summer daily, Spring/fall weekends, closed in Winter

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    Chincoteague Aquarium

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Chincoteague Aquarium

    Chincoteagues only salt water aquarium, they catch each critter each year and put the old one from last year back into the wild. They only use seawater from Chincoteague bay, NO CHEMICALS ADDED! They have a 2000 gallon shark tank with many different species, also a Touch tank so you can play with the critters. There is a store of course which every thing in it is lacol to Chincoteague only, and a place to eat, sea food they catch themselves, fresh! Good thing to do on a rainy day..

    Children 12 & under - $3.00
    Adults - $4.00
    Season Pass for 2003 - $25.00
    Open Memorial Day thru Labor Day 10AM- 9PM

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    Marsh Trail

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Aug 15, 2010

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    There are a number of trails that jut off the Wildlife Loop, a restricted access road near the Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. They all appear to be fairly flat, so we went with one that felt like it would work from a distance standpoint. We settled on the Freshwater Marsh Trail, a one mile loop that skirts Snow Goose Pool. We saw quite a few birds along this trail, which was once again mostly a raised boardwalk. The shade is a little more limited along the trail, so in the heat of the day, we drained out a little more quickly, even though the length wasn't too bad. Outside of the birds, wildlife was pretty limited. Midway through the trail, there's a pretty good sized overlook, and from there we were able to see a few flocks of birds hanging out in the pond. I would say this was an OK trail - not too hard, but the scenery was not too memorable either. I assume sometimes the bird watching might be pretty special here.

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    Toms Cove Visitor Center

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Aug 15, 2010

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    Behind Toms Cove VC

    Driving a little further along, the next highlight is the Visitor Center. Inside, there are a few displays and some literature, and well as a touch tank, where you can pick up a live horseshoe crab! For some reason, the kids were not impressed with me as I held out the wet crab, which wasn't interested in being out of its tank :) Behind the visitor center is a short boardwalk trail that leads to the beach - under the boardwalk were hundreds of fiddler crabs, which is always something fun to watch.

    The only downside of the center is the lack of "facilities" Right outside the building is a pit toilet, which will do in a pinch - otherwise, you can take care of business at the Wildlife Refuge visitor center.

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    USGC Lighthouse

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Aug 15, 2010

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    The lighthouse up close!
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    From the main road, you'll be able to catch a glimpse of the lighthouse, constructed to warn ships about the shallow waters around the island. The parking lot at the trailhead to the lighthouse is a little on the small side, so during busy times you may have to drive along. Once you park, there is a pleasant half-mile trail that is out and back to the lighthouse. Most of it is in a shaded forest area, with a small, but steep climb at the end. Once you get to the lighthouse, there are a few placards around to discuss it, and you can decide if you want to spring the $4 per person to climb to the top. We took a pass on this, and hoofed to back to the car instead.

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  • Best boat ride ever

    by atkdgirl Written Sep 8, 2007

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    Captain Barry's boat ride is my favorite Chincoteague acitivity. And even though I do it every year, I don't skimp -- I go for the four hour morning trip. It sounds like a long trip but it goes by in a flash. You spend as much time out of the boat as in it, leaning about the eco-culture of the island. It's loads of fun

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  • great time at Snug Harbor in Chincoteague

    by beachnuttt Written Feb 14, 2006

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    We visited Chincoteague in 2005 and had drinks at Snug Harbor at the waterfront tikibars and ended up staying all weekend in one of their waterfront villas,we went boating,birdwatching,and fishing ..what a great time and we were even on a tight budget.We had a great vacation and only spent $600.We will go back.

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    A Stalwart Sentinel--Assateague Lighthouse

    by keida84 Written Oct 26, 2005

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    Sanctuary to over 260 species of birds

    If you happen to be in Chincoteague on Friday through Sunday, in the Spring and through the Fall, then you should check out the Assateague Lighthouse which has been standing on a hill top 22 feet above sea level, it is 142 feet high and the light from the tower can be seen 22 nautical miles. It is located on the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on Assatetague Island.

    The "keeper's quarters" are used as seasonal housing for temporary employees, volunteers and interns. Originally constructed in 1833 at a cost of $55,000.00 and was re-built in 1867 to its presnet day form.

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    I Scream You Scream We all Scream for Ice Cream

    by keida84 Written Oct 26, 2005

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    130 year old house

    This is the most quaint little ice cream parlour around. The store was originally a Chincoteague home built in 1875 by William F. Cropper, the town cabinetmaker and undertaker. In 1920, the house was home to Captain John B. Whealton while he supervised the construction of the causeway and bridge. Local legend tells of a ghost in residence. But don't let that scare you away because there are some good treats that await you inside.

    Fruit sundaes, malted milk shakes, draft rootbeer and waffles served with ice cream, drenched in hot fudge! During the summer they light candles and lanterns on the porch for a touch of ambiance.

    They also have a shop called "Hot Stuff" with over 500 different hot sauces around, thank Pete they serve ice cream there! No worries though, Muller's Ice cream Parlour is right next door to the Fire Department.

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    Walk the beach with your Fairy Kat Mother

    by jelw Written Oct 25, 2005

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    Chincoteague -Assateague
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    This is the greatest thing to do on Chincoteague. Enjoy a stroll along the Atlantic Ocean with a friend &/or a loved one. Look at the shells, search for beach glass, listen to the gulls laugh, watch the plover dart to and fro at the waterline & chat.
    If you are as fortuinate as I am you will get to do this with a wonderful world traveller affectionately known as Fairy Kat Mother. Pictured here with her hysterical husband Paul. A loving and kind couple on one of the few remaining uninhabited beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard.

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