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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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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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beautiful beach

If you are in a car, get the senior card for all National parks as it is ony 2$more ten the regular entrance fee. Also, to see the ponies- which are so beautiful, you might try... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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Lewes, Delaware
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Lewes, Delaware
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

If you are in a car, get the senior card for all National parks as it is ony 2$more ten the regular entrance fee. Also, to see the ponies- which are so beautiful, you might try riding in the loops areas- that is where we found them.

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Hague, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

A wonderful place to visit and observe an assortment of birds, the wild ponies, and enjoy the semi-primitive beach.

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San Antonio, Texas
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We walked to trail and loved watching the birds and seeing the ponies. Later we drove around and the ponies were walking across the road so it was wonderful.

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Princeton, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Fulfilled a lifelong dream coming here. This refuge was perfection. Friendly staff, amazing opportunities for photos, pristine beach, and the PONIES!!! I called in advance to book the Sunday bus tour, which worked out well since it was booked by the time I got there. An air conditioned ride to see the ponies included a newborn foal, and lots of... More 

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Paris, Ile-de-France, France
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44 reviews 44 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

very beautiful place. nice beaches. wild poneys. lot of birds. squirrels. great for hiking. très bel endroit avec une belle nature et bcp d'animaux.

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Saint Charles, Idaho
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

This is such a beautiful place..We loved it and the scenery..We saw a mare and a very small colt in the trees..Yay..

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Springfield, Ohio
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89 reviews 89 reviews
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We rode our bikes around. This was my husbands second visit and my fourth. We had to use strong bug spray day one as they were winning the battle. With a breeze day two and three were better. Don't go without spray. We saw a wild turkey along the forrest trail. On the Wildlife Loop we saw three ponies not... More 

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South Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

didn't know about this wonderful refuge and only heard about it when we were staying locally. Wonderful refuge, beach and enjoyed history of the ponies. worth a visit

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Kansas City, Missouri
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

This is a lovely place to view untouched nature. The ponies roam free as they have for hundreds (?) of years. The ONLY negative thing is the mosquitos. It is a wetland, marshy area and we rolled our window down for a picture and the cab of the truck was filled with hundreds of hungry mosquitos. We must have looked... More 

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Richmond
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

It is a great park. Admission is $8.00 a day. Lots of animals,light house and beachEasy to find. This is where the famous horses are penned. There are two visitor centers with hiking trails . Leave at least two hours to see

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