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

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Beauty at its finest

If you love nature, this is the place for you. Seeing the wild ponies, the beautiful beach and marsh areas make you want to continually stop and take pictures as a reminder of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

If you love nature, this is the place for you. Seeing the wild ponies, the beautiful beach and marsh areas make you want to continually stop and take pictures as a reminder of the beauty of the visit. The lighthouse is striking during the day, but even more so at night. The area is consistently listed as one if the... More 

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Christiansburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit! Great Beaches and wildlife areas. We enjoyed many visits over there during our short visit to Chinteague this Summer

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

See the wild horses off the island and all the islands beautiful wildlife. Great to ride bikes on the paths. Just remember to bring some bug spray!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

There are some great trail here. Also there are a lot of animals to see like birds and ponies. If you have kids, stop by the visitor's center. They have some cool nature videos and other visuals to look at before a nature walk.

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Aurora, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I rented bikes and rode all over the refuge for an entire day. We saw deer, snakes, bald eagles, turtles and of course, the famous Chincoteague ponies. The refuge is so beautiful. There are multiple paths leading to the Lighthouse, the beach and just meandering through the marsh and grasses of the refuge. A bike is the... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Quite dissapointing. Maybe it was because July is a dry season, but we saw little wildlife. On one trail we saw none! The wild ponies had already been rounded up, so we missed out on seeing them in the wild - Our fault, bad planning. We saw them penned and on parade. The ranger station (Toms) has some features but... More 

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a wonderful example of natural salt water marsh beauty. The refuge offers a very informative visitor. Enter with freebies and true to life dioramas. While there is an entrance fee to the park, it is well worth it. From eye visitor center to the light house to the trails and finally to the beach and the Toms Cove visitor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is always a must for a Chincoteague visitor. Whether you are biking/walking the Nature Loop or visiting the beautiful Bateman Visitor Center, the Wildlife Refuge is key to the majesty of Chincoteague. My two year old son loved the Bateman Center. They have a lot of interactive exhibits and buttons to push, so I highly... More 

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Wilmington, DE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

I visit Chincoteague quite often and I absolutely love the wildlife refuge. Always able to see the famous Chincoteague Ponies and some of the most beautiful birds on the East Coast. I find the beach here to be very peaceful and relaxing. I highly recommend this destination to all. Just please respect the wildlife by keeping the wild.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had a nice tour of the wildlife refuge on a tour bus. Bob was our guide and was very knowledgeable. We stopped a couple of times to view the wild ponies. It was before the roundup so they were still around to see. The ponies were just a few feet in front of us when we got off the... More 

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Additional Information about Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Address: Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757-336-6122
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Chincoteague Island
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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