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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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A wonderful getaway from the crowds

While visiting Chincoteague for the 91st Pony Swim we took a drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We got to see the ponies that had been rounded up for the swim... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Annapolis
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Annapolis
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

While visiting Chincoteague for the 91st Pony Swim we took a drive to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. We got to see the ponies that had been rounded up for the swim, the Lighthouse, the beach area and visitor center. It is a beautiful area and a great place to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great beach saw dolphins swimming and great for crabbing and fishing.. alot of people come to see the wild horses get round up lots of wildlife

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Thank Joe D
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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 area for spending the day. Outdoor showers and changing areas. Lovely views. Parts of the beach are guarded.

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rochester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in while visiting for the pony round up. Great beach, informative visitors center. Talked with dime of the officers and "salt water Cowboys" on the whole set up. Very very nice for all ages.

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Thank upstate2
South Plainfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cannot wait to return to Chincoteague! Bring bug spray - Mosquitos are on steroids! Mullers ice cream parlor on main street was a religious experience if you can get past the cranky lady at the counter - buy something with a waffle!

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Thank G7565XCcharlesb
Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had a heckuva time figuring out how to plan a trip to Chincoteague / Assateague before coming here the first time last week. So I hope this review helps someone! Even after getting a map and reading tripadvisor and Fodors I was never able to figure out how far apart things were or where to stay or what we... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have come to Chincoteague Island for our family vacations for 16 years and never get tired of driving through the Wildlife Refuge on our way to the beach. It is absolutely beautiful!

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Thank jak502016
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Well run park with awesome lighthouse. The beach is wonderful with easy parking and access to bay and ocean. Watch for jellyfish. Saw Dolphins. Wild ponies in good condition and round up was well organized

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Thank Holycowhappydonkey
Orlando, FL, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Extensive bike trails, a beautiful beach, two wonderful visitor centers, a classic lighthouse, and don't forget the ponies!

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Thank Anthony L
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful refuge, with lots to do. A Light House to climb, trails to walk, visitors center to explore. And so much more. Had a wonderful time

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