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Assateague Island National Seashore

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Ranked #25 of 667 attractions in Maryland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks
Activities: Camping, Biking, Fishing, Swimming
Description: One of America's last fully functioning barrier island ecosystems.
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Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and I recently traveled here for the day. We were interested in seeing the wild horses and enjoying some time on the beach. Right away, we saw baby deer hanging out at the edge of the woods. A little further down the road, we saw dozens of wild horses roaming the beach. The don't seem to mind people... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We camped at the backwater campsite... Kayaked our way to the campsite... Beautiful is the word! Honestly if you just want a great beach and serenity, you can get it closer to Outer Banks right here.. we have heard that the Maryland side is especially beautiful with the wild ponies and all... so if we want a beautiful quite beach... More

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

Nice, mostly quiet camping area especially early in the season. Temps down to the low 30s at night so if tent camping, bring a sleeping bag liner. Good thing about camping in April was that there were no mosquitoes yet...though with the marshy ponds throughout the island, I could see it could be bad in the summer. Alcohol is allowed,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

It has been such a long hard winter that on a very gorgeous Saturday, we drove to Assateague from Ocean City. We parked and walked over the dunes and onto the spectacular beach. So clean and unspoiled. My husband and I walked for miles on the shoreline then over the dunes and across to the bay where we found more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

My husband and I went here on a recommendation from a friend to see the ponies. A year membership is only $30, and SO worth it. We've been back many times. The island is so versitile. We've been crabbing, and swimming in the ocean, all within like a 10 minute walk from each other on each side of the island.... More

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Morton, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

Last Summer we camped at Assateague Island National Seashore. The Staff and facility's were absolutely outstanding. Our only problem was with one other Camper that Belly Ached about everything. The Rangers, The Campground Host, The Traffic, the people to the right of him, the people to the left of him, us. I know its impossible to screen people like this... More

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Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

Assateague Island, about a 20 minute drive from Ocean City, Maryland, is a great place to go hiking, pony watching, and there are even a few public beaches to relax and take in the sun and surf. Wild ponies roam free on Assateague Island, and there are plenty of opportunities to see the ponies in their natural habitat. Stop by... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

I will start by framing where we come from, we always visit off peak season and never camp here, we prefer the hot showers and flush toilets at the adjourning State Park. That said we always visit Assateague Island National Seashore when in the area, usually every day. We spend our time walking the trails, the beach and photographing wild... More

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Parma, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

Step back in time and see the informative National Park Service visitor center to learn what you are about to witness. The rangers are great and will answer your park related questions. Do some research into the life, feeding, care and beginnings of these wild horses. Walk the beach and find some unusual shells. Its well worth the trip. Bring... More

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Saint Cloud, Minnesota
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

Come and see all the wild horses! Walk along the beaches. Camp overnight. Get up close and person witl the other wildlife. Such a peaceful place to visit. Wish there were more horses on this visit. They were eating out into the march grass which didn't allow us to get as close to them as we had previously.

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