Chincoteague was recently named the “Place to Be This Summer” by Forbes. This is a perfect summer destination for a reason—with sandy beaches, quaint businesses, and wild ponies scattered throughout, there is never a lack of things to do. Below, we have listed a few of our favorite island destinations.
Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge— With more than 14,000 acres of beach, dunes, marsh, and maritime forest, the Chincoteague National Wildlife refuge is a necessary stop for all lovers of wildlife. Established in 1942 to provide a habitat for migratory birds and snow geese conservation, the Refuge provides a home to waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, and song birds. This is an excellent spot for fishing, hunting, wildlife photography, observation, and environmental education.
Beebe Ranch— Beebe Ranch is an American horse ranch museum in downtown Chincoteague. Though it closed in 2010, it had a grand re-opening in 2016. Aimed at telling the story and history of Chincoteague Ponies, this is a must-see destination for horse-lovers and history buffs alike.
Museum of Chincoteague Island— This museum celebrates the people, culture, and heritage of Chincoteague Island. Its exhibits cover the entire history of the island—from prehistoric times to the modern era. The museum also houses an array of taxidermized Chincoteague ponies, including Misty and Stormy, the famously-portrayed stars of Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague.”
Saltwater Pony Tours— If you are visiting Chincoteague and Assateague Islands for the horses, a Saltwater Pony Tour should be the first item on your to-do list. This scenic cruise will make for a lasting memory; it is the best way to explore one of the country’s most unique natural landscapes. Year after year, the Saltwater Pony Tours receives a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Virginia Hang Gliding— Adventure lovers will get their daily dose of adrenaline with a Virginia Hang Gliding experience. Riders can select their desired altitude and soar above the Eastern Shore, choosing between a peaceful float or a heart-pounding aerobatics experience. They fly ages 4 to 104 and can accommodate passengers up to 250 pounds.