Chincoteague Things to Do

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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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    Unspoiled Habitat on the East Coast

    by jelw Written Nov 10, 2004

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    Marsh- a marine biologist dream

    The Assateague Wildlife Refuge is a natural habitat primarily for the wild ponies of Chincoteague. This Island is also a marine biologists dream. Schools from all over the United States bring the children here to expose them to the unspoiled marsh, bayside and seaside beaches.

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    No Boardwalks Here!

    by jelw Written Nov 10, 2004

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    The sand of the beach and dune are full of treasur

    Beautiful natural beaches reach as far as the eye can see. Sitting, sunning and swimming are the most common activities.
    Take a hike on this Island though and you will find so much more. Hermit crabs and pipping plover scamper at the seas edge. The wild ponies grazing on the salt hay. Herons and egrets nesting in the tree tops. For any wannabe naturalist your journey has just begun...

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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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    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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    Chincoteague Wild Pony Center

    by jelw Updated Jul 28, 2005

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    Beebe farm, pony center

    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.

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    Surf -n-Skate Dude

    by jelw Written Apr 9, 2005

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    Bob's Surf shop

    There is much to do on Chincoteague if you enjoy the outdoors.
    Rent a bike, a kayak, a skateboard, bogey board or best of all a surf board.
    There are various shops and rental businesses around the Island. The one pictured here is next to an arcade. Great place to stop for the young ones or the young at heart.

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    Pristine Beach

    by jelw Updated Aug 13, 2005

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    surfs up!

    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

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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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    Chincoteague Pony Center

    by tpangelinan Updated Nov 1, 2003

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    Chincoteague Ponies

    There are two large herds of wild ponies on Assateague Island sepparated by a fence between Maryland and Virginia. The ponies are wild mustangs that are stunted in size. According to local legend the ponies came here when a Spanish galleon with wild mustangs as cargo sunk off the coast and the surviving horses swam ashore and were the ancestors of the herds there today. Go to there website for more interesting information. These ponies are wild so please do not try to get to close or feed them!

    PONY RIDES
    Monday - Saturday 9am - 1pm and 3:30 - 6pm

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    Waves and Sandcrabs galore!

    by jelw Written Jul 1, 2005

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    Fun at Chincoteague, VA

    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.

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    Refuge Waterfowl Museum

    by tpangelinan Written Oct 6, 2003

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    Refuge Waterfowl Museum

    8000 sq ft of decoys,antique boats,traps, carvings and Atlantic flyway waterfowling history. This museum opened in 1978 and has all lot of local craftsmans work and art!
    It may look like horns on the outside of the museum but it all driftwood and giant boat anchors.
    Hours: 10am to 5 pm (Days vary seasonally)

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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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    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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