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

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

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Wonderful place!

This was a beautiful Wildlife Refuge with wild horses so fascinating to watch, a history intriguing to learn about, and a shoreline that went on and on. Most special was the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Manhasset, New York
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Manhasset, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a beautiful Wildlife Refuge with wild horses so fascinating to watch, a history intriguing to learn about, and a shoreline that went on and on. Most special was the absence of concessions, noise, and debris of any kind! If you'd like a laid-back, easy going vacation that is a sweet throwback to the fifties, this is absolutely the... More 

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Norristown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great place to check out to learn the history of the Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, VA

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Thank staceyr9662016
Upstate NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great beach, waves fantastic. Bring your own be erases, none for sale. $8 daily admission or 15 for the week

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Fairfax, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This area has been kept up and respected by most of the citizens that visit here. Other civic organizations contribute and donate money and resources so that future generations can enjoy the island and the natural and man made attractions that exist. It was great to visit and learn about the region, the fauna and flora or the Refuge. The... More 

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Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We got to see ponies. But they were all far away. My daughter enjoyed looking for them but there were not that many to see. Assateague ponies are closer and in more abundance.

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Thank swolf4805
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Chincoteague national both by car and bicycle. We drove into park, stopped to see and photo wild ponies, then to the beach where we parked right next to the beach for a picnic lunch. After a delightful lunch, we drove to the lighthouse, walked up the 175 steps to the top where the view was magnificent. The next... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The day we went, we were lucky enough to see a herd of ponies close to the fence that keeps the ponies away from the tourists.

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Delaware City, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We ended up buying the one week pass as it was more economical than buying daily passes for the two days we were in the area. Definitely bring a camera to snap photos of the wild ponies. There is roadway spot where you can often see ponies by the marshes. The visitor center is clean, modern and a great place... More 

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1 Thank Kevin A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The beach here is one of the best anywhere. It is so nice to sit on a beach with nothing else around but nature. No hotels, resorts, shops or houses. Just miles of water, sand and vegetation. The ponies are fun to see, but going up into Maryland and onto the Assateague beach is a much more close up experience.... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We love coming here! All year round we come. We miss the ponies walking the beaches all the time, however we saw many of them in their area this time. The are so pretty!

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