Chincoteague Things to Do

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    Kayaking

    by jelw Updated Aug 1, 2011

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    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

    rent boats or take a tour
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    • Kayaking
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    Walkin', Yes indeed I'm Walkin'

    by keida84 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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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.

    No summer crowds, wide open spaces Jill and Kat Blowin' in the Wind
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    • National/State Park

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    Oyster & Maritime Museum

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Oyster & Maritime Museum
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    Chincoteague Aquarium

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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

    Chincoteague Aquarium
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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.

    Along the Marsh Trail Along the Marsh Trail Along the Marsh Trail Along the Marsh Trail

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    Toms Cove Visitor Center

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Aug 15, 2010

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    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.

    Behind Toms Cove VC

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    USGC Lighthouse

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Aug 15, 2010

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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.

    The lighthouse up close! The lighthouse from the trail

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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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    • Birdwatching
    • Eco-Tourism

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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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    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.

    Sanctuary to over 260 species of birds
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    I Scream You Scream We all Scream for Ice Cream

    by keida84 Written Oct 26, 2005

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    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.

    130 year old house
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    Walk the beach with your Fairy Kat Mother

    by jelw Written Oct 25, 2005

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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.

    Chincoteague -Assateague Fairy Kat couple on a visit to their Onan friend
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    Pristine Beach

    by jelw Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    The ocean is inviting in this unspoiled area. It is so rare on the Mid-Atlantic coast to find such an unaltered beauty. Relax, respect and enjoy the beach. Go for a walk or a swim, read a book, search the marshes, just take your refuse with you when you go.

    To see more of the Eastern Shore visit some of my other pages...

    Chincoteague & Island of wild ponies
    Onancock
    Little city by the sea, Wachapreague
    Machipongo
    Eastville
    Cape Charles

    surfs up!
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    Chincoteague Wild Pony Center

    by jelw Updated Jul 28, 2005

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    Located near "Misty of Chincoteagues" home at Beebe farm this center a bit of a museum and Park. You can get up close and personal with some (no longer wild) ponies. See and learn the history of these famed horses and this little Island.

    Beebe farm, pony center
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    Waves and Sandcrabs galore!

    by jelw Written Jul 1, 2005

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    There is a simple joy in watching the smiles of the childeren as they play in the surf and on the sand.
    A better idea however is to get a bit sandy yourself and join in the fun. Dig for sandcrabs, build a sandcastle, ride a wave.

    Fun at Chincoteague, VA
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