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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: Hiking, Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching
Description: Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Wildlife journey

There were lots of choices of ways to go for walking,watching the wild ponies or birds.Paths in wooded areas or the beach

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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Baltimore, Maryland
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72 reviews 72 reviews
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

There were lots of choices of ways to go for walking,watching the wild ponies or birds.Paths in wooded areas or the beach

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Andover, Massachusetts
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Beautiful, clean, cars are limited during the day. Wish they were restricted to the main roads all day. Nice, informative nature centers.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

I booked a weekend trip thinking we can have a nice walk with our dog on the trails and along the beach. However, when we pulled up to the entrance, the sign says "no pets allowed, even in your car". Very disappointing.

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Fairfax County, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Perfect place to explore with kids---interactive museum, pretty beach and YES we saw ponies. beautiful!

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Boston
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Wildlife everywhere and horses. Good take - make sure and get out and walk - don't just drive. Saw three horses walking on the road/path and was able to stay with them walking along for a long time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We had a GREAT time in the Refuge. Huge beach, great lighthouse, got to see some ponies! We enjoyed walking the trails. The Visitor Center was very Informative and fun. We spent the whole day there even though it was too cold to swim.

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Laurel Fork
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Nice visitor's center and I loved that you could drive right up to the beach. Enjoyed seeing wild ponies.

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Westbrook
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

We arrived late in the afternoon and were able to see the ponies from afar and further down the road they was a group closer to a lookout spot. We were able to get a lot of good pictures. Although we visited in April this time there were already a lot of bugs flying around if you stood in one... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The Wildlife Loop is great fun for all either bike riding or walking. If you're unable to enjoy it via bike or walking, check with the ranger & driving times are available. Tom's Cove & the Visitor Center are not to be missed. Ranger led activities are a delight for kids and adults. Best activity: Ranger led kayak tour of... More 

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Milford,Pa
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164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

This a great place to go birding and to see the wild ponies. We took the wildlife drive and saw a snapping turtle, several types of birds and a gopher tortoise walking on a mud flat. I plan to go back soon to see what else I can spot

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