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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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Weekend Trip

Had a great time, beautiful views, lots to do, but make sure to take sunblock, and several different types of bug repellent, the bands you wear help as well.

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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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76 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Had a great time, beautiful views, lots to do, but make sure to take sunblock, and several different types of bug repellent, the bands you wear help as well.

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Wayne, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice quiet park. Take your time to just see the views such as the ponies, beach, trails and lighthouse. Clean beaches. Very family friendly. Great for a romantice weekend. I will be going back.

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Northern VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hands down the best beach in the state. The teeming bird life and the wild ponies are just icing. Bring your camera

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw many wild ponies, bald eagles and lots of wildlife. The beach is well kept, though quite crowded on the weekend. Love coming here each year, it never gets old.

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Balitmore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very accessible beach, parking is just off the beach making toting fishing gear and other stuff a breeze. $8 access fee to the park (for a car). In Sept there was lots of easy parking at the beach - can imagine in high season it could be crowded. Not very much beach at high tide, but nice to walk... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Take a bike and ride all over the island. You can visit the lighthouse , awesome beach, watch wild pony all thru bikes. The place is beautifully designed for bikes and they do have good trails to explore more and more. Just a tip : always apply bug spray while going to the trails otherwise the bugs will leave good... More 

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Ladysmith, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Good visit. Visited gift shop, visitors center and saw a video there. The employees could have been a little friendlier. Not very engaging or pleasant but otherwise had a nice visit. Good gift shop.

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New City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Put it on your bucket list. Beach is beautiful and goes on for miles. If your lucky you'll see the wild horses. If you venture to see the Assateague Lighthouse, put on bug spray, mosquitoes are vicious. We purchased the annual national park pass for $80, can be used in all national parks. If your 62 or older, the pass... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

One of our favorite beaches. Usually not crowded and definitely unspoiled. This time saw a great blue heron - a real treat and of course the snowy egrets are lovely too. The horses cooperated and we saw a group of them out in the marsh. Was thrilled to buy our senior citizen passes - WOW now we have the pass... More 

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Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We arrived with Julia, the tropical storm that would not leave the coast. We decided to go to the refuge despite the rain and it did let up long enough for us to go to the lighthouse and be out of the car to watch people crabbing. We saw herons, egrets and osprey. As photographers we felt it was a... More 

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