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“Favorite family vacation”
Review of Assateague Beach

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Favorite family vacation”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We have been visiting Chincoteague and Assateague since 1973. We happened to be there on Independence Day this year, with our daughter and her family, and our son, when NASA, from nearby Wallops Island launched a rocket toward the ocean. It was a rare treat, though their reason was scientific, not about celebrating. The ponies, the wildlife, the beautiful beach, wonderful Chincoteague, the whole National Park system, make this our favorite summer destination.

Visited July 2013
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Annapolis, Maryland
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4 attraction reviews
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“Assateague access from Maryland or Virginia”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

Assateague Island is accessible from Maryland or Virginia. Both have unique offerings.

The Maryland side has a state park as well as a National Park. It also has a wonderful new visitor center with great displays and a very informative film with beautiful cinemetography. You can walk from the visitor center down a path along the bay to an historic house in a lovely setting. The house was recently refurbished and is now open for tours.
Across the bridge, The Maryland state park costs less to get in and offers big restrooms with flushing toilets and private showers, a well-stocked store and an ice cream parlor and fast food kitchen (hot dogs, burgers, fries, sandwiches, etc.). It also has a nice deck outside to sit and eat while looking over the beach. You can walk north from the state park and see the bay on one side and the ocean on the other. If you go to the National Park side in Maryland, you drive a few miles further and pay about $15 to get in (they no longer let you pay a single day fee but require you purchase a week pass). The bathrooms are essentially outhouses and the showers are outside (usually with a long line). There are some nice hiking trails and great camping here though (bring bug spray).
The quaint picturesque town of Berlin is about ten miles inland from the Maryland parks, and offers really great restaurants, really nice gift and antique shops, and an awesome glass blower.

The Virginia side of Assateague is accessed through the touristy town of Chincoteague, which also has a FEW nice restaurants and shops, but a lot of tacky places and loads of kids and tourists (Mcdonalds right next to the park entrance).
However, Once you get through Chincoteague to the Virginia side of the National Park, there is a wonderful lake to walk or bike around, and an historic lighthouse and many nature trails. The beach is much smaller than the Maryland beach.
We prefer the Maryland side, less crowds, bigger beach, better facilities on the State Park area, and Berlin is always wonderful. And we always stay at our favorite booklovers b and b in Maryland.

Visited July 2013
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Stowe
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31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

A short drive from the closest town, where you can camp or stay in a motel, through a wild life refuge, past a toll booth. Yes, you must pay for the upkeep of this beautiful beach. Make sure you take bug spray. If the wind is blowing the wrong way, bugs can chase you away. Limited parking, go early in the day. Clean showers and restrooms have been my experience. Let's keep it that way folks.

Visited June 2013
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Maryland
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Perfect beach experience!”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

A great alternative to the wilder life on the beaches in OC. The beach is beautiful, wide and the water is perfect. Kids love to catch a glimpse of the wild ponies too.

Visited June 2013
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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140 reviews
59 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful area”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

The beach is very clean, has lifeguards and changing a few areas. There is a lot of water access. There is a great Welcome Center and small museum at the entrance to the beach. However, the restrooms are of the portable variety. Bring your own snakcs and drinks. Even though there was a designated snack shack, it was not manned.

Visited July 2013
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