Chincoteague Island’s Blueberry Festival and Pony Swim are held the last week in July! The 26th Annual Chincoteague Blueberry Festival is held at the beautiful Chincoteague Center on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 24 – 26, 2020 from 9-4:30 pm. The Chincoteague Blueberry Festival Features: The largest Fine Arts & Crafts Event on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with 100+ fine artists and crafters from 12 states who provide a Christmas in July shopping extravaganza.
Visit Chincoteague Island and enjoy the 2 largest events on the Eastern Shore, the Blueberry Festival and the Pony Swim, the Blueberry Festival is held every year on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the Chincoteague Pony Swim.
Each year more than 1.4 million visitors find Chincoteague is the best place for a family fun vacation offering exciting recreational activities, natural attractions, a full calendar of festivals, concerts and events, world class accommodations and inviting restaurants. This website is your complete guide to planning your trip to Chincoteague VA with detailed information on where to stay and things to do.
The exceptional beauty of Chincoteague Island abounds year round on the northern end of Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are part of the barrier islands on The Delmarva Peninsula located in Accomack County, Virginia. This coastal wilderness features beaches, forests, maritime vegetation, salt marshes and the quaint village of Chincoteague. The barrier islands run parallel to the coastline along the Atlantic shore and comprise a large part of the coastal habitat. With year-round temperature ranges of about 40° average in winter to about 75° in the summer, the Chincoteague and Assateague Islands are an ideal destination for vacations year round.
– Explore Chincoteague’s Pristine Natural Attractions
The islands shelter much wildlife and in particular the Chincoteague Ponies, White-tailed deer, Sika elk, Red fox and more than 250 species of raptors, songbirds, and shorebirds, which hunt and forage for food in the adjacent bays and salt marshes. Beginning in mid September migratory birds stop by on their way south. The forested Assateague Island and the Chincoteague Refuge provides habitat for millions of migrating songbirds. Winter brings migrating geese from the arctic. Beginning in late April through May sandpipers cover the beaches and the shallow tidal flats, fattening themselves up for their flight to arctic nesting grounds.
the Romantic Chincoteague
James Michener romanticized Virginia’s Eastern Shore in Chesapeake, a fictional account of life in the area. Located on the Atlantic side of the peninsula, Chincoteague Island obtained worldwide recognition from Marguerite Henry’s acclaimed novel “Misty of Chincoteague”.
The quaint town of Chincoteague features numerous hotels, vacation rentals, bed and breakfast inns, and campgrounds that serve visitors who come to enjoy the beaches, fishing, boating and a variety of outdoor activities. The island also features many restaurants, ice cream parlors, miniature golf courses, and museums. A notable landmark is the Assateague Lighthouse constructed in 1833 standing 142 feet high and open to the public.
Explore Eastern Shore Virginia
The purpose of this website is to promote tourism and provide visitors and vacationers to Chincoteague Island information about places of interest, things to do, schedules of events, places to stay, and where to dine and shop. While Chincoteague is the favorite vacation spot on Virginia’s Eastern Shore region the whole area is filled with railroad towns, fishing villages and old world charm. The Eastern Shore stretches 70 miles along the Atlantic Ocean Coast and Chesapeake Bay, offering many wonderful day trip destinations while enjoying your Vacation (see our section on daytrips). It is hoped this website proves useful in planning and enjoying your next vacation, any suggestions on how we may improve this will be appreciated.