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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757-336-6122
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Best beach on the middle Atlantic

Wildlife, kayaking, surfing or just plain enjoying a day at the beach. Few amenities mean you need to bring it with you but there are no businesses to distract from the beach and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Scaggsville, Maryland, United States
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Scaggsville, Maryland, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wildlife, kayaking, surfing or just plain enjoying a day at the beach. Few amenities mean you need to bring it with you but there are no businesses to distract from the beach and ocean. There are showers, toilets and changing areas, plus it is part of a barrier island that is 38 miles long with inlets for fishing on the... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Idyllic park well kept roads, we loved the the 20 miles speed limit that allowed for the discovery of wild life. beautiful nature, very peaceful. Fantastic beach. Really a beautiful experience. Everybody should visit at least one time if no more....

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Delmar, Delaware
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family and I go to the Refuge as often as possible. We live an hour away but it's worth the ride! The ponies can be seen anytime and I love it in the winter when all the different wildfowl are migrating.

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Thank Dawn T
Staunton
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

we saw some of the ponies that live on the refuse. It's a wonderful place to watch for snow geese. And further up, is the beach with great walking sand.

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Thank ang480
Salisbury, Maryland
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's always relaxing to visit the island and the natural habitat of the local wildlife. We generally try to visit during the off season as it can get crowded during peak times.

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Greenbelt, Maryland
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Those that live in Chincoteague and work at the Refuge take wonderful care of this priceless gem. Clean beaches, great for camping (go very early fall or spring before the bugs come out full force) or stay at the Island Motor Inn. Enjoy sand, surf, lovely sunsets over the channel and the local animal celebs (they love photo-opts) ;)

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Even in the cold weather it was a great day trip to see the wildlife. The indoor educational centers were very informative and great for children.

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Thank chisel007
New Fairfield, Connecticut
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The ponies are amazing and the wildlife loop is beautiful. The refuge has something for everyone, including programs for all ages. However, the main beach is always extremely crowded and the bike ride to the wildlife loop beach can be extremely uncomfortable due to excessive insects.

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New Castle, Delaware
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's so nice to see the ponies in their natural habitat. The beach is awesome and parking is close so no dragging your beach gear for miles

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Thank Jennifer C
Onancock, Virginia
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love to walk the nature paths, pony watch and check out the lighthouse... something for everyone who loves nature!

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