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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

Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife...

Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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We spent several hours here during our stay. The beach in November was gorgeous--and almost deserted!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Robert W
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33 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We spent several hours here during our stay. The beach in November was gorgeous--and almost deserted!

Thank Robert W
Princeton, New Jersey
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14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beside the wild ponies of Chincoteague, this refuge is a stopping place for numerous waterfowl on their migratory routes. Many birders have telephoto lenses on cameras to photograph the various bird species, but many birds were close to the road if you looked for them. Two wildlife centers offered interesting indoor activiies, which we liked, since it was stormy that... More 

Thank Mary B
Richmond, Virginia
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159 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Chincoteague NWR is a pretty sizable refuge. It consists primarily of beach habitat, marshes, ponds, and woodland habitats. We "bird," but visiting in early November, we were too early for the thousands of snow geese that come later on and too late for most of the migratory songbirds. There were, however, ducks, shorebirds, and wading birds on the refuge. The... More 

Thank urbanguy
South Kent, Connecticut
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73 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful slice of heaven by the sea. We spent a beautiful Nov. afternoon here. You can walk, bike or drive around and you will see the famous wild ponies, who are beautiful. After an attempt to see them from a viewing station, we found some driving around a wildlife loop. They don't have fear of people and... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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57 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in the park at various times over two days to look for the famed wild horses and could not spot any. Took a 3-hour boat tour and the captain found the horses, a bald-eagle pair and dolphins swam around the boat. Great!

Thank TIM V
Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We found out if you have a handicap license plate or placard that you can get a FREE car pass to all National Parks.

Thank Kaye W
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved hearing about the ecology of the island and history ..building is very clean. Loved watching the birds

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Bethesda, Maryland
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59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Birding is great. Hawks, warblers, wild horses and two great visitor centers. Love the beach and the loop.

Thank Eleanor41003
Ocean City Maryland
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31 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Make sure you bring your Bikes and love to walk. You can even go up in the Lighthouse. My girl loved it. Ponies Ponies Ponies!!!!!!!! Bring your OFF to keep the bugs off ya.

Thank 32RabbitRun
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25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We weren't here for long, just a day, but we had a wonderful time walking on the beach and the kids had fun identifying all the critters in the aquarium at the visitor's center. We were here in Mid-march and had missed most of the birds, but did get to see some impressive flocks of snow geese. We would definitely... More 

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