DISCOVER YOUR LOVE OF CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND – Outdoor Adventure, Coastal Cuisine, History & Wild Ponies Are a Road Trip Away
Winding across the five-mile causeway to our secluded little paradise island, it is clear to see how Chincoteague Island received the moniker, “Beautiful Land Across the Water.” The vibrant colors of every season and unique sounds of over 300 species of birds and waterfowl in the wetlands welcome the weary traveler into our peaceful village where everything moves at a quieter pace. Southern hospitality awaits you in a land far from the ordinary. The marshland becomes the Atlantic Ocean, and you are in the middle of nature’s playground.
World is well-known for its ninety-seven year history of the wild pony roundup and swim. We are also known for our beautiful beaches, miles of nature trails, waterways to explore by kayak, chartered cruise, stunning sunsets, fishing and crabbing, as well as rocket launches. Nearby Wallops Island is NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Here, sounding rockets and electron rockets perform deep space missions. Numerous missions are scheduled throughout each year, so Chincoteague Island has many launch viewing spots.
Bike, walk, or bike from Chincoteague Island (VA) to Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. You can bike or hike nature trails and search for wildlife, the world-famous Chincoteague Ponies and migratory bird species as they travel the Atlantic Flyway during spring and autumn. You can also visit the Assateague Lighthouse with its bold red-and-white stripes. You can enjoy hours of relaxation on the Atlantic Ocean’s shores, where you can surf, swim, fish, and beachcomb. You can find everything here, from outdoor adventure to tranquil relaxation.
Culinary roots are deep in the rich oyster and clam shoals around Chincoteague Island. They are a favorite fare every month, along with blue crabs. Depending on the season, the catch of the day in local waters is rockfish, flounders, drums, sharks, and tuna. The salty waters of Toms Cove are home to delicious bivalves from aqua farms. You can eat the same thing that was growing in the water a few hours ago for dinner. For an exceptional farm-totable experience, it doesn’t get much fresher than this! Your true coastal meal will be complete with Eastern Shore-grown vegetables. Enjoy homemade ice cream at one of our top ice cream shops to complete your dining experience.
Partake in island events throughout the year, including a spring Seafood Festival and award-winning fall Oyster Festival (celebrating 50 years in 2023), showcasing local, coastal cuisine. The Easter Decoy & Art Festival features local artisans and decoy carvers telling their stories through woodcarvings, seaglass, pottery, fine oils and acrylics. Their talent is steeped in tradition and captures coastal life’s essence. To fully immerse yourself in the culture, there are concerts, movies, community theatre, classes, programs, lectures, and other events.
Unique galleries and specialty shops offer retail therapy, while museums and walking tours give a glimpse into the island’s rich history. Enjoy carefully crafted itineraries or self-guided tours. There are many wonderful accommodations that offer the perfect place to relax and recharge, so you can make more memories once the sun rises.
Explore the history, legends, and natural beauty that Chincoteague Island’s tranquil fishing village is located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. This small island will transport you to another time, a time when the pace is slower and the fun is simpler. The memories are priceless!
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