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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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6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking, Birdwatching
Description: Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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The ranger programs were amazing!

You pay $15 per car to get into Assateague, your entrance fee gives you access to the beach, two visitors centers which are wonderful and a host of trails you can bike or hike... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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Allentown, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

You pay $15 per car to get into Assateague, your entrance fee gives you access to the beach, two visitors centers which are wonderful and a host of trails you can bike or hike along. They have ranger programs that go on through the day and are completely free - my kids learned how to crab with the rangers, attended... More 

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Gerrardstown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Seeing the wild ponies grazing as a herd morning and evening as I went to the beach was a real thrill.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

One of our favorite places. We spent our daughter's 12th birthday weekend here. It is fun to rent bikes and ride through the park to the beach. We will definitely return

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Burke, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

As we were crossing over the bridge from Assoteague to Chincoteague, there was a gorgeous sunset with a herd of wild ponies grazing in the foreground. Even better than the photo we have is the memory of experiencing that beautiful site.

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Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I've wanted to come here since I was a little girl and I bought my very own copy of Misty of Chincoteague when I was 7 years old. It is perfect, just like I dreamed. I couldn't have been more excited and downright giddy to see the ponies and the refuge.

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Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great place to spend a few hours with the kids. See the famous grazing ponies,lots of egrets and heron. Do not be a hurry this is a place to be seen at a SLOW pace. There is also a swimming beach, that can be crowded in high season.

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Staten Island
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Wild horse refuge but very difficut to spot them at times. Nice seaside visitors center with a beautiful view of harbor. Enjoyable drives through the woods and lowlands. l spotted many species of wild birds.

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Shenandoah Junction, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Very peaceful, large open spaces to look upon all the wildlife. Enjoyed seeing the ponies at the end of our walk.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Beautiful natural seashore and trails through marshes and wooded areas - easy bike access and very family friendly. Lots of views of wildlife, including the famous horses.

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Beautiful area for families to enjoy. Lots of wildlife and bugs. Bring your spray, the mosquito population thrives here.

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