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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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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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Chincoteague is Mother Nature's Little Gem

The beaches are still wild & beautiful, the wild ponies are awesome and the abundant wildlife and sealife is why I like Chincoteague and Assateague Island! And there's lots to do... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Patty W
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New Church, United States
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West Monroe, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went during pony run week. The lighthouse is worth the climb. Since there were so many people, the wildlife, esp the ponies, were hard to spot but we still enjoyed the walk and the beach! Get the weekly pass to enter. Wear mosquito spray and bring some more to reapply!

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New Church, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The beaches are still wild & beautiful, the wild ponies are awesome and the abundant wildlife and sealife is why I like Chincoteague and Assateague Island! And there's lots to do between the National Park Service and Wildlife Refuge programs!!

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Just gettingd with out and walking the dogs they alerted us to the small group of five just inside the tree line, near the light house. They blend with their environment nicesly and. Where not easy to spot. They were a highlight, having always wanted to see them.

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Gainesville, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Wife and I always stop here on our annual trek North for Thanksgiving holiday. Always try to get here when the Wildlife Drive is open for vehicles, but we get there early enough to drive down to the beach area and view the ponds on the way down.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Get out and walk around, it will keep you warm. Be sure to visit the visitor's center to get up to date information on particularly interesting things to see and places to visit.

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Woodbridge, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Travelled with a Nevada friend to see the Wild Horses here...This is a fun place to visit because of those horses...They're willing to pose, at times, which makes for easy portraits of some of them....but I was astonished to see ( and my rider saw them first :) ) three or four Sika just inside the treeline at about 11:30... More 

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New Haven
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an excellent preserve with wild horses and many waterfowl. The site is good for photographers and bird watchers. Well worth a visit to and from the beach,

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The refuge is a beautiful place to visit and the best thing about visiting in the winter is no mosquitoes! The weather was nice the day we visited, a bit cool but sunny. We walked on the beach, saw some horses off in the distance, explored the nature center and drove on the wildlife loop after 3 when vehicles are... More 

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Palmyra, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped for a couple of hours and enjoyed visiting the visitor's center, visiting the lighthouse, and walking the beach. DH enjoyed taking pics of various wildfowl. Did not however see any horses (darnit). Beautiful scenery. Well worth the entrance fee.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Made the trip just to try to get a look at the Snowy Owl. Luckily we were able to see it after a very chilly 2 miles walk on the beach. We love to visit the refuge, but usually it this time of year. There were a quite a few visitors, perhaps due the holidays. Unfortunately some seem to think... More 

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