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

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Wonderful Nature

I have been to Chincoteague many times and never miss a chance to visit the National Wildlife Refuge. When it comes to the outdoors. it really combines many facets of nature. Of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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Hoboken, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I have been to Chincoteague many times and never miss a chance to visit the National Wildlife Refuge. When it comes to the outdoors. it really combines many facets of nature. Of course there is the ocean. Then there are lots of trails in the woods. The best of all are the horses and variety of birds. I have been... More 

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The place is just marvelous. Close to the beach, in the middle of nature and you get to see the beautiful wild horses in the wild. Is a one of a kind experience.

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Ashford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful habitat with long expanse of beaches that have a nice surf and not too crowded. Also hiking trails and an historic lighthouse to climb if you wish

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Fairview Park, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The wild ponies were close to the road which was really cool. Nice visitor center. The lighthouse was neat to go up in. The beach is HUGE, with plenty of restrooms and outdoor showers. Life guards were very friendly and helpful.

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King George, Virginia, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a one stop beach/nature destination. You can drive on, or rent bikes. Climb the lighthouse; Drive around the nature loops and bird watch; See the famous wild ponies; or just enjoy the beach. They have changing houses, bathrooms, feet/board rinse stations, and sometimes lifeguards. Walk the sound side or play in the ocean. The visitors center is nice,... More 

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Amherst, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Where else can you enjoy such a mix of shore wildlife and have access to unspoiled beach too. Love the easy access to shore barrier island habitat. Great visitor center, trails, and the wildlife loop is the perfect sunset drive. Even have good island history with the light house tour.

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Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful place to reconnect with nature, ride your bike and visit the lovely beaches! If you love to take it easy and spend time in quiet this is the place to spend a day. the lighthouse is wonderful to visit and if you're lucky you may see some ponies!!

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Elkton, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

It's always fun to be a part of the free activities offered such as the night hike and bonfire. They have a lot of fun things to do while you're visiting the beach and want to learn about the island.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

The beach was clean, well maintained, and staffed by lifeguards. There is a no alcohol, no pets rule in force on the beach which really adds to the family friendly atmosphere. No bros running about, shouting rudeness, sucking down brews here! The visitors center is small but well staffed by people who know their park. If you want to see... More 

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Pasadena, Maryland
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Every time we drive through we see lots of wildlife headed to the beach. So many things to see and do. This summer we saw a large herd of ponies. Some with there babies. Always fun with the grandchildren.

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Additional Information about Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 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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