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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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I recommend going when you have time to truly appreciate the refuge. This is not a place to rush through. The view is one of a kind. There are many different species of birds to... read more

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Winchester, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I recommend going when you have time to truly appreciate the refuge. This is not a place to rush through. The view is one of a kind. There are many different species of birds to see and you may even see a wild pony or two. Fishing, crabbing, clamming, etc is allowed. The beach is really nice. Bug spray a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love the Wildlife Refuge. We go for the beautiful beach - because it is a National Park, seniors can buy a "pass" for $10. It is good forever and it can be used at any National Park. Parking is easy (right at the beach). Bathrooms are every located every 150 feet or so. Although they are portable, they are... More 

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Thank Jean D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

you will not find a nicer beach on the east coast than that one! You can crab in the little creeks and fish on the beach if you would like. The beach is very long and you can walk for miles in both directons.

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Thank Jeff L
Annapolis
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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Thank dwr317
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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