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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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sebring
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

I really enjoyed the Wildlife Refuge. Inside the visitors center were MANY displays and all were very informative. They have a beautiful wildflower garden and they have bird feeders there. Inside is a bench complete with binoculars for you to look through. The staff is very helpful with any questions you may have. There is a great gift shop there... More

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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We had originally planned to do a boat trip, which was cancelled at short notice - but we were glad, as it gave us to the chance to discover Assateague/Chincoteague. Excellent visitor centre - definitely worth a stop before you start exploring. The Wildlife Loop trail is accessible to cars after 3pm, which is worth knowing unless you are able... More

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Scranton, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Best beach, clean facilities...rangers are knowledgable & friendly. But the horses, deer, exotic birds are the draw.

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Woodstock, Maryland
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169 reviews 169 reviews
43 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Linger a moment here. The museum is well documented and presented. You get a good picture of the wildlife in the area, a real living laboratory.

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Adirondack Foothills of NY State
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108 reviews 108 reviews
17 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We rode bikes on the traiIs - found a vuIture nest and a VERY angry bIue jay's nest being raided by a snake, and another snake winding his way under a bridge on the same traiI! Very coo! We aIso waIked up the beach to a more secIuded section, accessibIe by traiI as weII, to go swimming - no Iifeguards... More

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East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

We didn't have great weather, but even then I could see how the bugs would be horrific during the on-season! Wouldn't miss it for 100 mosquito bites though!

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The beach is great but a little crowded. If you want a quiet beach ,go to the Assateague Island in Maryland. Take you kayak. Umbrella, it gets hot. Also great for bikes if you are not lady like me and my husband. Best time to go is in September. Warm water, less crowds and plenty of bird watching.

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Springfield, Ohio
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

My husband and rode bicycles around the island during the spring of this year. We had a great time. You can drive around the area, but you just see so much more by bicycle. I have done it both ways and totally enjoyed the time on the bike. We are back in September without bikes but this is a different... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
16 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Worth the visit to see the wild birds and pony's. There is a fee per car or you can get the annual pass. The beach was popular and had restrooms. We climbed to the top of the Lighthouse (small fee per person) and enjoyed the view as we could see for miles.

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Johnson City, Tennessee
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This refuge is well worth the time/money to visit but be sure to bring some insect repellent. The mosquitoes are pretty bad if you don't spray yourself. It's a great place to hike around and see plenty of wildlife - birds, wild ponies, occasional deer, lighthouse and a lot of marshes. It's easy to access and well laid out, a... More

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