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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Assateague/Chincoteague, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
757-336-6122
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks, Beaches
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Hiking
Traveler Description: Chincoteague NWR, is a hidden gem that is getting more and more known.  It is almost the only natural beach left on the coast of Virginia.  There in... more »
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Decatur, Georgia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Would have been fun if this had been the purpose of our visit. This requires planning way ahead. You can reserve boat rides to be right next to the swimming ponies.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

The Chincoteague Wildlife Refuge is one of my favorite places to visit, so much so that I will have made 3 trips there during 2014. The beach and dunes are beautiful and quite extensive, so walking shoes are important. Cameras and binoculars are also crucial for birders, as Chincoteague is home to about 90 species of birds, and 250 more... More

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New Jersey
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Always love the beauty of this National Seashore! There's something for everyone - birders, fishermen, crabbers, cyclists, swimmers and sand castle builders! Don't miss Alex and the other rangers as they run free programs at the beachside ranger station. There are many awesome programs appealing to young children through adults that enhance your environmental awareness and appreciation for the wonder... More

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Bermuda Dunes, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

bike trail, wide open spaces, long beach. bike trails are short, seemed curious the popularity of bike rentals with limited bike trails.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This park is small, but is clean and well maintained. There are some beautiful trails that are very well maintained that you can wander around for hours. One trail will take you out to an observatory to see the wild ponies. These trails are great for bringing bicycles. Be sure to pack your insect repellent, because you will be eaten... More

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Munsonville, NH
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Natural beauty and wildlife is the draw here. It's not Coney Island. The nature trails are buggy in August. DEET is a must.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

A beautiful, unique maritime national park. We have been going to the Wildlife refuge since 1993 and still love every minute of each visit. And we will keep going. The beach is truly unique. Wild and pristine and simply beautiful. Just pack lots of mosquito spray for those visits to the park (no mosquitos on the beach, however).

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Smithtown, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

The wildlife was amazing. The mosquitoes were impossible! It was an unusually buggy time since it had been raining alot this summer there.

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Washington DC
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 NEW

We've been vacationing in Chincoteague every summer for more than a dozen years and it's become my favorite place to escape from daily madness. Our collective families generally rent one or two houses for about 15 to 20 people and always have a great time. More than just a getaway, Chincoteague is almost an ideal place to ride that trusty... More

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Pottstown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

What a fantastic place to visit! Wild horses walking around, lots of birds, beaches, lighthouse...everything you need. Bring your bug spray. The mosquitoes are horrible so you are going to need lots of spray. We visited one of the beaches and it was pristine, clean and lovely. The other beach, where you can camp out was rather dirty. I was... More

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