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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 06:00 - 18:00
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Came to see the ponies!

My main reason for visiting was to see and photograph the ponies. I went there at sun up on a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Beauty any time of the year

Breathtaking views and easy and convenient to get to. Wildlife, shore and lighthouse all in one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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“bug spray”(162 reviews)
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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Reviewed 4 days ago

My wife and I are long-time birder watchers who have returned to Chincoteague yearly for over 20 years. Both the spring and fall migrations are special opportunities not to be missed. There are varied habitats from beach to marsh to woodland with plenty of birds,...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

My main reason for visiting was to see and photograph the ponies. I went there at sun up on a Saturday morning. In short order I found them but.....they were very far away. I expect the heavy storm of the night before probably drove them...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breathtaking views and easy and convenient to get to. Wildlife, shore and lighthouse all in one. Recommend the stop! Awesome little town too.

Thank renem407
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So pristine and natural...beauty surrounds you. We went in fall so it was very peaceful. Beautiful seashells! Pony sightings, along with lots of other wildlife.

Thank christinelK5096JY
Reviewed 1 week ago

Fantastic beaches, clean, and ponies. There are educational centers with wonderful information and of course the Lighthouse!

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 1 week ago

This wildlife refuge was clean, the displays in the Center were outstanding and they are so many different birds.

Thank patriciagI7426PH
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Been coming to Chincoteague for 30 years. This was our first time coming this late in the year. It was nice that there were no crowds and no mosquitoes!!! Saw lots of birds, a few ponies and deer.

Thank Kellyanne N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Looking for a place that is untouch by commercialization? Look no further. The Wildlife Refuge has numerous trials throughout that you can explore by foot, bicycle and are also handicapped accessible. Not only can you enjoy seeing the wild ponies, but for those who are...More

Thank amygC6037GV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Saw ponies in the high grass. Saw herons and egrets and loon, snow geese and ducks and cormorants, a snake and a grasshopper. Great old lighthouse. Walked trails on our own and attended two ranger outings, one on birds and one called "Secrets of the...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you like the outdoors, there is plenty for you here. A lovely beach, wonderful walking and biking trails, marshland and ocean, fishing, and, of course, the horses and other wildlife. It's a gem of a place for young and old and everyone between.

Thank Kathleen M
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20 July 2018|
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Response from T5852AG-Dennis | Reviewed this property |
Any bug spray, the time we visited the breeze came off the ocean, the flies where not bad, but when inland if you walk through the grass, beware of the flies. Getting around we drove, several times I saw a trolley going to... More
12 June 2018|
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Response from ronsray | Reviewed this property |
The ponies are always there