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Activities and Events

Events are held in Chincoteague year-round – find the current schedule at the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.

(757) 336-6161.

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages nearly all of the land area on the Virginia portion of Assateague Island as a National Wildlife Refuge.  More than 14,000 acres of beach, maritime forest, saltmarsh, and freshwater marsh habitats house a spectacular variety of migratory birds, plants, and other animals. The Herbert H. Bateman Educational and Administrative Center is open 7 days a week featuring hands on exhibits and programs. You can take a wildlife tour to the north end of the refuge.

Daily pass $5
Weekly pass $15
Annual pass $30
PH: 757-336-6122  
FX: 757-336-5273
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Spring, Fall and *Winter
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Summer
*Closed Christmas and New Year’s Day

Assateague Island National Seashore

National Park Service
Assateague national seashore encompasses over 48,000 acres between Virginia and Maryland. Activities are offered seasonally. Assateague is an undeveloped island ideal for fishing, crabbing, clamming, canoeing, birding, wildlife viewing, hiking, swimming, over sand vehicle use and hunting. In the Virginia portion of Assateague, the horses are privately owned by the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department and are fenced in


large enclosures. They may be seen in the marshes along Beach Road and from the observation platform on the Woodland Trail.

The Toms Cove Visitor Center is located on the south side of Beach Road, prior to the beach parking areas and contains beachcombing exhibits, educational brochures, a marine aquarium and touch tank, and a bookstore.
Pets are prohibited in the entire Virginia portion of Assateague Island, even in your car. Virginia District Toms Cove Visitor Center

Free - Self-Guided Cell Phone Tour

Learn about Assateague’s Wild horses 24/7 from the convenience of your

own cell phone. The tour is free but you will use your own cell phone service and minutes.

Call (410) 864-9128 for the tour.

Assateague Lighthouse
Climb the 198 spiraling steps to the top of this historic structure.
Adults $4.00
Children $2.00 (12 and under - children ages 2-12 and must be accompanied by adult)

A gallery of local art is on exhibit on the lighthouse grounds.


Up a Creek WITH a Paddle!

Benjamin R. Miles

6528 Maddox Blvd.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336


Canoes and Kayaks

Wildlife Excursions
Canoe and kayak eco-tours, rentals, sales, and service.
Mr. Jay Cherrix

7729 East Side Rd.
P. O. Box 1111
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336


Museum of Chincoteague Island  (formerly Oyster and Maritime Museum)

7125 Maddox Blvd. 
Chincoteague, VA

(757) 336-6117

This small museum displays seashells from around the world, model boats, a collection of curiosities and shell art from Chincoteague, and historical exhibits on the Chincoteague oyster industry – and is the home of the famous Misty and her daughter Stormy- both having been stuffed in the 1960’s.

NASA Visitors Center
Wallops Flight Facility

Located on Rt. 175
Wallops Island, VA

(757) 824-2298

5 miles west of Chincoteague, near the causeway

6 miles east of US 13

The exhibit hall and museum of the visitor’s center give an interesting overview of the Wallops Flight Facility past and present, including the Sounding Rockets Program, Scientific Balloon Projects, Orbital Tracking Station and much more. Wallops Flight Facility is a NASA research and testing center for rockets, balloons, and aircraft, as well as a tracking center for spacecraft, satellites, and space shuttles. Free.

The Chincoteague Pony Centre

The Pony Center gives horse-crazy kids of all ages a chance to straddle  registered Chincoteague ponies through lessons, pony rides, riding lessons, and pony day camps. The gift shop sells horse-themed items – you can even buy a pony! Many of the horses on site descend from the famous Misty herself.  Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day daily 9am to 10pm. Admission is $8 adults, $5 for children.

Chicken City Rd.
Chincoteague, VA 23336

(757) 336-2776
or (757) 336-6313
Fax: 757-336-1836

Chincoteague Island Watersports Jetski/Parasail
6176 Landmark Plaza
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
757-336-1SKI (1754)

Queen Hive Farm Horseback Riding

11172 Atlantic Rd.
Assawoman, VA


Queen Hive Farm is 12 minutes from Chincoteague Island, and offers riding lessons and trail riding for the whole family. Small children are led, while experienced riders can trot, canter or even jump in the ring. (200 lb. maximum), $35/person (50-55 minutes). Queen Hive also offers horse boarding (full-time or vacation) training, and on site horse shows.

Boat charters and cruises

Several tour operators provide short cruises which discuss the history and wildlife of the area. While boat charters are the best way to view the pony swim at close range, your experience will vary with the personality of the boat captain. During our Pony Penning Week visit in 2009, we found the Linda J a very comfortable 24 foot pontoon boat with spacious seating and plentiful snacks. Captain Gerry Ryan has been certified as an Eco Tour Guide, and with his wife Linda provides a peaceful, relaxing experience when chartered for the pony swim. Captain Barry Frishman, anchored along side our vessel for the swim, was by contrast a high energy dynamo, stoking enthusiasm among his passengers with cheers and horn blasts.  Charter boats are also the best way to see the swim back to Assateague, which can offer even better photographic opportunities than the swim to Chincoteague.

Assateague Explorer
Pony Watching/Wildlife Cruises

 7512 East Side Road
Chincoteague, VA

Located at the Assateague’s Nature Center of Chincoteague Island.

(757) 336-5956

Excursions  guided by a former NPS Park Ranger. Featured on the ABC Good Morning America show, Coastal Living Magazine, and Southern Living Magazine.

Barnacle Bill's Boat Tours
Curtis Merrit Harbor

3691 Main St.
Chincoteague, VA 23336

(757) 336-5920

Bill and his family are Chincoteague natives, and can regale you with original stories of the island in the “olden days”.

Capt. Barry's Back Bay Cruises

Docked at Chincoteague Inn Restaurant
6262 Marlin St.

(757) 336-6508

Captain Barry’s cruises are an interactive experience. His boat is a “floating classroom” involves visitors pulling up crab pots, collecting shells, and investigating marine wildlife. The Lonely Planet, Fromer’s Travel Guide, The Washington Post, have enthusiastically recommended Captain Barry’s ecotours.

Captain Dan’s Around the Island Tours

4175 Main St.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336


Intimate tour around the island – no more than 6 people at a time- on spacious canopied  25” pontoon boats, complete with restrooms.

Chincoteague Cruises & Nature Tours

3666 Willow St.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

(757) 894-8149 or
(757) 336-5731or
(757) 894-2376

Knowledgeable local captain guides tours in a comfortable deck boat with restroom.

Daisey’s Dockside Cruises and Nature Tours

3335 Main St.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

Or 757-336-6766

View ponies, seabirds, dolphins, and gorgeous scenery from comfortable pontoon boats.  

Day Sail Charters

 Island Marina
3801 S. Main St.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

(757) 336-5271
(609) 634-5653

Linda J. Charters/Assateague Adventure

Curtis Merritt Harbor

South Main St.

(757) 336-6214

Enjoy a comfortable, peaceful cruise with a friendly helpful captain and mate. You are likely to see wild ponies, waterfowl, bald eagles, and dolphins.

Spider's Explorer

3801 Main St.
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336

(757) 990-4242
or (757) 336-0611

Personal, intimate tours on a plush and comfortable boat.


Visiting Chincoteague & Assateague Island, VA


Campground, hotel, motel, or B&B -- whatever your style,we can point you to great local lodging.


Respect free-roaming horses as wildlife. Keep at least the length of a large bus between you and the horses at all times., And try not to disrupt their behavior with your presence.



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