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Chincoteague Natural History Association Wildlife Tour

8231 Beach Rd, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
(757) 336-3696
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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New York City, New York
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

If you are interested in the refuge (especially if you are there for the first time) this is a great way to see the refuge and learn about what is there. We had several close up views of the ponies, the tour guide was great at answering questions, the bus was comfortable. It is worth the small fee and the... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

With all the positive reviews for this tour, I hardly feel it necessary to toss my own in.....but I will. Although you MAY walk a trail through much the same area the Wildlife Tour bus takes you, I couldn't walk it & my husband gets sea sick so no water tour options. That being said, we and our granddaughter thoroughly... More

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Bristol, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The air conditioned tour bus travels on access roads not open to the general public, and goes north to within 3 miles of Maryland. Our guide kept it lively with information as we drove along, and was attentive to the wishes of the passengers, as to the pace of the tour, She gladly pulled over and lingered for pictures. We... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were initially disappointed that you couldn't get out of the bus but the tour is very worth the time. The guide we had was excellent and she would stop and give lots of time for pictures and answer questions. Came across ponies in the road twice as this tour takes you way out where you can only go on... More

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Derwood, Maryland
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5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Saw lots of ponies very close up. There were obvious participants who new all of the horses and their lineage (if that is the correct word. One of the nicest parts of the tour was watching an eagle trying to take a fish out of an ospreys claws. They looked like they were doing battle just like two aircraft in... More

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Milford, Pennsylvania
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66 reviews 66 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This gets you closest to the animals on the refuge that you can get. Ponies, deer, some fowl, and local birds to name a few. A worthwhile trip.

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Mid-Atlantic Region
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5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

We took the tour last weekend while we were in Chincoteague, and we loved it! The bus goes to the parts of the refuge not open to the public - and it was so buggy outside the bus windows we were glad we were inside. We got to see lots of ponies, and many birds, including wild turkeys. You never... More

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Waldorf, Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This bus tour was way more reasonably priced than all the boat tours available that advertise the opportunity to see the ponies. It was $12/adult. The bus is not large so advise making reservations at least a day in advance. You do that and start/end the bus tour from the Bateman Educational/Admin Welcome Center (restrooms, gift shop, educational info available)... More

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Los Angeles, California
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14 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Not sure if every tour will be like ours, but we saw lots and lots of the wild ponies, many right next to the bus. I was a little concerned about the experience when we were told we couldn't leave the bus to take photos while on the trip but that wasn't a problem. Small windows above each seat could... More

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Clifton, Virginia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2013

Great tour, actually much better than expected because of fantastic tour guide, which also was the bus driver, and route in the Wildlife otherwise not accessible.. The tour provided very good views of the wild horses and the driver know most of their names

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