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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

#1 of 31 things to do in Chincoteague Island Features Animals
Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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Saw horses from VERY far away!

Although the horses were in the distance, the experience here was fulfilling and beautiful. Nature... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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My Happy Place

Love the beach / Wild horses roaming around Nature at its Best. So much to see and I enjoyed The... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Danny M
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
  • Excellent80%
  • Very good15%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“bug spray” (146 reviews)
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Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-336-6122
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Although the horses were in the distance, the experience here was fulfilling and beautiful. Nature is awesome.

Thank ValerieinVB
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Love the beach / Wild horses roaming around Nature at its Best. So much to see and I enjoyed The Nature center / trails/ bike riding/ fishing and boat rides and this are just a few of the many things you and family can do...More

Thank Danny M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Gorgeous park, family friendly, clean, many trails to hike, and even a lighthouse to climb for fantastic views!

Thank kimm401ri
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bring bugspray! The hike to the lighthouse was buggy. But worth the views at the top. Saw some ponies, but they kept far away from traffic. Looking forward to our next visit.

Thank Jasmine P
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Chincoteague National Refuge is a great place to visit. Lot's of birds, scenery and wild ponies. We rode the bike paths and drive through. Frankly, I don't think I would walk through in August because the flies and mosquitoes will pounce on you. It may...More

1  Thank Dan L
Reviewed 3 days ago

The wildlife here is abundant, wild ponies as the main attraction. The were numerous seabirds and small game (the local giant squirrels).

Thank Roccie L
Reviewed 4 days ago

This area has some nice, short nature trails for all abilities. If you venture out anywhere in this area though, don't forget the bug spray.

Reviewed 4 days ago

August is definitely not the time to go walking in the refuge. We've been at other times of the year and the refuge is definitely worth the trip. You can still enjoy it by going to the beach or taking a boat tour in order...More

Thank Scllcsw
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is a mixed review. The lighthouse will be a separate review. Pay the $20 and then hold onto your pass. You can use it at the MD side of the park too! Seriously it's worth it just for the beach. We saw a few...More

Thank saran315on
Reviewed 4 days ago

Wildlife and beauty at every turn. Just watch out for the mosquitos. Ponies, birds, sea life, hiking, swimming, beaching.

Thank Jean71913
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7 July 2017|
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Response from jake835 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, from our observation there appeared to be lifeguards during certain time frames but it's probably best to call the park. Also, it was a very lovely site, families, with and without umbrellas,kids, young people, oldsters... More
16 June 2017|
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Response from Torontotimes | Reviewed this property |
Woodland trail to sight the ponies. Light house trail is a must to get atop the Light House . Marsh trail. Please dont forget your bug spray. The mosquitoes are huge and get to you real fast
Uri L
4 June 2017|
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Response from RSMAURY | Reviewed this property |
I'd definitely recommend it! I'd love to go back with my kids. The wild ponies are a beautiful sight. The beach, lighthouse, and wildlife refuge would also be great for kids. They'd love Maddox Blvd (the main road on the way... More