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Chincoteague Island Activities

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pony center banner ad Visitors to Chincoteague often remark that they are surprised that there is never a shortage of things to do on our small Island, seven miles long and three miles wide. Chincoteague is uniquely situated to offer a wide array activities. Chincoteague Island lies right next door to Assateague Island, with the only publicly accessible beach between Ocean City, MD. and Virginia Beach, VA. Scroll down to view the wide array of activities available on Chincoteague Island. Click on links below to be taken directly to business web sites.

Assateague Island

Assateague Island is the home of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Assateague Island offers incredible outdoor recreational opportunities. Click here to view the Assateague Island page.

Biking and Hiking

Chincoteague offers a great place to take off with a bike or walk. Everything is close and has the perfect blend of small town and wilderness. Many of the roads on Chincoteague have sidewalks. The Chincoteague Bicycling Advisory Committee is taking great strides towards enhancing the recreational experience of the bicycling public on Chincoteague Island. Hiking and Biking on Assateague Island offers many views of nature that you would not see anywhere else. There are 15 miles of trails that wind through the marshes and forests and including a path to the Assateague Lighthouse.

Chincoteague offers a fantastic, paved nature trail on Hallie Whealton Smith Drive, which is located off of North Main Street, near Chincoteague High School. The Island Nature Trail is located along both sides of Hallie Whealton Smith Drive. The land where the trail is located represents some of last large tracts of undeveloped land on Chincoteague. The trail is a place where you can see wildlife in its natural habitat and it provides a safe haven for people to walk, run, ride their bike, bird-watch, or just enjoy the natural side of Chincoteague. To the south is an accessible 0.7 mile long paved loop path complete with benches, and an interpretive sign display. Pets are allowed along this portion of the trail. To the north is a natural surface trail that loops approximately 0.45 miles through pine forest and glade. No pets are allowed on this portion.

Bike & Beach Gear Rental

The Bike Depot
The closest bicycle rentals to the beach, The Bike Depot offers a wide selection of over 200 standard and specialty cycles for riders of all ages. Beach rentals include heavy-duty sunblocking umbrellas, lightweight beach chairs, boogie boards, and skim boards. Bicycles are first-come, first-served--Hourly, Daily, and Weekly rates available.
Location:on Maddox Blvd. at the Refuge Inn, next to McDonald's
Phone: 757-336-5511
Email: refugeinn@verizon.net
Website: Click Here

Boating

Boating is one of the more enjoyable pastimes on Chincoteague. If your interests are fishing, water-skiing, or just wanting to enjoy the water on a peaceful summers evening, the options are here for you to use your own boat or rent one. With the purchase of a City Boat Sticker, anyone wishing to put in their own boat will have access to 3 Town supported public boat ramps. Boat ramp stickers can be purchased at the Town Office, Police Station, and from the Harbormaster. Guided scenic/nature boat tours are also available.

  • Boat Ramps
    • Curtis Merrit Harbor --- Islands South Side
    • East Side Ramp --- Islands East Side
    • Memorial Park ---- Islands East Side
    • Town Dock ---- Downtown
    • Fir Landing --- Deep Hole Rd

Boat Rentals

Capt. Bob's Marina
The pronoun “your” is important to the crew at Capt. Bob’s. Our motto & mission (short but a commitment) is “Your vacation pleasure is our business” and at Capt. Bob’s, we work hard to make that happen for you. Regardless what your water related interest is – we will help make your vacation more enjoyable. We rent 16' fiberglass boats & kayaks for fishing or crabbing. At Capt. Bob’s, we will share fishing information with you, telling the “hot spots” and which baits are being used. If crabbing is what makes your day, then by all means, come by and see us! We can “turn you on” to some of the best crabbing spots and the crabs are meaty, too! If you are the more adventurous type – rent a kayak and truly discover our marshlands and wildlife.
Location:2477 Main Street, Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: 757-336-6654
Email: marina95@verizon.net
Website: Click Here
Snug Harbor
Snug Harbor Marina has a large fleet of boats for rent . Snug Harbor offers Carolina Skiffs, Bentley pontoon boats and Old Town canoes and kayaks. Chincoteague Island is one of the most incredible places you will ever visit and if you want to get the best experience and see all Chincoteague has to offer, you must be in a boat. The name Chincoteague is an Indian name that means beautiful land across the water and the only way to see what the Indians did is tour the islands by water, just like the natives.
Location: 7536 East Side Road, Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: 757-336-6176
Email: snugharbor@verizon.net
Website: Click Here

Boat Tours

This activity is a must do for any Chincoteague vacation. A scenic boat cruise will allow you experience the abundant wildlife and unspoiled nature of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. You will gain a perspective of the Islands that is unachievable any other way. Wild Ponies, Dolphins, Bald Eagles, and Sunsets over the Bay are just a few of the highlights you'll have a chance to experience.

Click here for the 'Nature Cruise Boats' page
Chincoteague Island Charterboat Association

Crabbing

Crabbing on Assateague and Chincoteague Islands is one of the favorite pastimes for both the local residents and visitors alike. The preferred method for crabbing is with a net and baited line. All of the needed materials can be purchased at any local fishing shop, or hardware store. Most people like to use old pieces of raw chicken, tied to a line with a weight, sitting at the bottom of the water. The crabs will try to catch the bait and are lured into your waiting crab net. Cook the crabs by steaming them in a large crab pot with a generous amount of Old Bay Seasoning, and you can enjoy one of the Eastern Shores most famous delicacy. The size restrictions and limits in Virginia are enforced as a conservation measure. Crabs must measure 5" from back shell point-to-point.

Clamming

Clamming is another water pastime that is also plentiful on the Eastern Shore. The favored method is raking while wadding in generally shallow water. The best times being during the low tides. Another way is walking in the sand at low tide and 'signing' them. That means looking for the little keyhole indentations in the sand. By digging just under the surface of the sand, you will find the clams. Some of the Scenic Tour Boats offer clamming excursions.

Charter Boat Fishing

Farmers Market

Chincoteague Island Farmers Market (formerly behind Don's Seafood Restaurant on Main Street) is now located at the Chincoteague Cultural Alliance Headquarters, 6309 Church Street. Every Saturday starting in mid-April, and continuing through the season, from 8:00am - noon. Great things from the farm, field and bay! Fresh produce, seafood, plants & flowers, baked goods, and much more....

Festivals

Fishing

Some of the best fishing grounds on the Mid-Atlantic Coast are found in the local waters surrounding the Island of Chincoteague. Click here to view the fishing page. You can get everything you need to fish from a local bait and tackle store. Charter fishing boats are also available.

Capt. Bob's Marina
The pronoun “your” is important to the crew at Capt. Bob’s. Our motto & mission (short but a commitment) is “Your vacation pleasure is our business” and at Capt. Bob’s, we work hard to make that happen for you. Regardless what your water related interest is – we will help make your vacation more enjoyable. We rent 16' fiberglass boats & kayaks for fishing or crabbing. At Capt. Bob’s, we will share fishing information with you, telling the “hot spots” and which baits are being used. If crabbing is what makes your day, then by all means, come by and see us! We can “turn you on” to some of the best crabbing spots and the crabs are meaty, too! If you are the more adventurous type – rent a kayak and truly discover our marshlands and wildlife.
Location: 2477 Main Street, Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: 757-336-6654
Email: marina95@verizon.net
Website: Click Here
Captain Steve's
Captain Steve's Bait and Tackle is your source for Chincoteague Island fishing tackle, bait and equipment. We specialize in surf, bay fishing (esp. flounder) , and offshore fishing and we carry a wide selection of rods, reels, lures and tackle for all local fishing needs. Here at Captain Steve's we also carry a variety of custom made rigs which have been proven for years. Our East Coast Flounder rigs have been our most popular rig for around 10 years now. Our custom made Assateague Mod. fishfinder rigs have been the go to rig for big fish off the surf. Swing on in and let our family help you have your most enjoyable fishing experience. Capt. Steve's is your saltwater outfitter for surf fishing, bay fishing and offshore fishing!
Location: 6527 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: 757-336-0569 or 757-336-0568
Email: info@stevesbaitandtackle.com
Website: Click Here
Snug Harbor
Snug Harbor Marina at 7536 East Side Road on Chincoteague island has all your fishing needs! Come on in and the helpful staff at Snug Harbor will put you on the big flatties. You can buy bait and fish off the docks or rent a boat or even take a fishing trip with our experienced captains, we do it all here at Snug Harbor Marina, we are your one stop shop for fishing! Please call us at 757-336-6176 for your current fishing report or for charter fishing bookings. If you want to catch the big ones you have to use Snug Harbor bait, the best in town!
Location: 7536 East Side Road, Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: 757-336-6176
Email: snugharbor@verizon.net
Website: Click Here

Fitness

Go-Karts, Mini-Golf, Arcade, Bumper Boats, Rock Wall, and Kiddie Rides

Refuge Golf and Amusements
Toddlers to grownups all find fun and safe things to do at Refuge Golf and Amusements. Our youngest visitors enjoy the kiddie merry-go-round and other rides just their size. The arcade attracts all ages. Challenge your companions to a round of mini-golf or a go-kart race. The karts seat one or two. Or challenge yourself on the Rock Wall. To cool off on hot days you’ll appreciate the misters along the mini-golf course, water wars in the bumper boats and enjoy ice cream and funnel cakes in our air-conditioned arcade.
Location: 6528 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague, VA 23336
Phone: 757-336-5420
Email: refugegolf@verizon.net
Website: Click Here

Hang Gliding

Virginia Hang Gliding - Got Wings?
Virginia Hang Gliding offers daily flights from Accomack County Airport. Fly like a giant bird and experience the beauty of the Eastern Shore from 1000 feet to a mile high in the blue sky. Professionally flown by an experienced, licensed hang glider pilot and safely enclosed in a state-of-the-art harness and glider, you will be towed by a specially designed airplane and released to enjoy flight in its truest form. Then you are returned softly and safely to land on wheels back at the FAA secured, modern facilities at Accomack County Airport, which is located only 30 minutes south of Chincoteague. Introductory tandem flights to 1000 feet start at $149. Photos and a video of your flight are also available. Add this to your “Life List” and come fly with us. Check out our website or give us a call.
Phone: 757-709-0759
Website: Click Here

Horse Riding Lessons and Trail Rides

Queen Hive Farm
Queen Hive Farm is the Eastern Shore's Royal Place to ride. Located just minutes from Chincoteague, we offer trial rides and riding lessons for both local residents and visitors to the area. Book a riding lessson on one of our gentle, well trained lesson horses - fun for any age! The entire family will enjoy our Trail Rides. No experience necessary! We have a horse for everyone - even Dad. Our trails are very scenic, you might see wild turkeys, ring-necked pheasants, eastern bluebirds, and even white tailed deer. Visitors of all experience levels rate this 5 stars! We look forward to hosting you on our farm.
Phone: 757-990-0017
Website: Click Here

Ice Cream Parlors

Island Creamery
When visiting Chincoteague Island be sure to visit the Island Creamery, where our frozen desserts are hand-made in small batches in our kitchen, ensuring the highest quality. Smell the aroma of freshly baked waffle cones as you enter the Creamery. Choose from over 36 flavors daily of homemade ice cream, sherbet, sorbet and no fat low carb and low calorie frozen yogurt. Relax with a cafe latte or cappuccino on our deck. Choose your favorite flavor to be made into a delicious ice cream cake for your next special occasion. We've been serving our neighbors and making friends for 37 years. Come enjoy our homemade ice cream. We feel it is the freshest, most delicious ice cream you'll find anywhere.
Location: 6243 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: (757)336-6236
Website: Click Here
Mister Whippy
Family owned and operated, Mister Whippy has been delighting fans of all ages since 1991. On a hot summer’s day, there’s nothing better than cooling off with the island’s best soft serve ice cream. Stop by and choose from our many menu options, including sundaes, shakes, banana splits, waffle cones, and our famous cyclones. In a hurry, try our speedy drive thru service. Be sure to stop by the gift shop and take home your favorite Mister Whippy souvenir. Mister Whippy is sure to become a part of your next vacation. Summer hours: open daily. Spring and fall hours vary.
Location: 6201 Maddox Blvd, Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: (757)336-5122
Website: Click Here

Island Trolley

Ride the Pony Express
The Pony Express is a seasonal transportation service provided by the Town of Chincoteague, Inc. This service is open to the public. The Pony Express follows fixed routes covering most of the Island. Many of the motels, restaurants, shops, parks, recreational areas, ice cream parlors, and campgrounds are along the routes. Look for the Trolley Stop signs. Only 25 cents per person, per ride. Exact change is appreciated. Narrated history tours are offered from mid-June to Labor Day. Click Here to view the Pony Express brochure (.pdf download).

Kayak Tours

Assateague Explorer Kayak Tours & Rentals
Escape to a world where wild ponies live in solitude and natural beauty on a kayaking adventure with Assateague Explorer. Guided tours and rentals from our scenic dock at the Assateague Nature Centre, located on Chincoteague - right beside Assateague, the lighthouse and wildlife refuge. Join our guided tour or rent our kayaks to enjoy the stunning waterways. Kayak from our scenic dock and explore the boarders of Assateague's extensive calm western shoreline. Unique island opportunities to experience solitude, nature exploration and wildlife viewing. Paddle through the warm back waters of the barrier island in our premium sea touring or sit on top style kayaks. Search for the famous wild ponies, eagles, shorebirds and other wildlife. No experience necessary. Paddle through creeks, channels, coves or sometimes land on a remote beach at Assateague. A fun way to see great parts of the island with your family & friends.
Location: 7512 East Side Road, Chincoteague VA
Phone: 1-866-PONY SWIM (toll free) or (757) 336-5956
Email: info@assateagueexplorer.com
Website: Click Here
Snug Harbor Kayak Tours & Rentals
Old Town Canoe & Kayak tours at Snug Harbor Marina on Chincoteague island is the biggest and highly recognized kayak outfitter on the Eastern Shore of Virginia offering premium kayak rentals as well as daily Kayak Eco Tours throughout Chincoteague and Assateague waterways. Our Kayak Rentals and Kayak Eco Tours take off from Snug Harbor Marina which is located conveniently right across the channel from Assateague Island and the Refuge.
Location: 7536 East Side Road, Chincoteague VA 23336
Phone: 757-336-6176
Email: snugharbor@verizon.net
Website: Click Here

Marine & Coastal Family Programs

Chincoteague Bay Field Station
The Chincoteague Bay Field Station provides outstanding multi-disciplinary, educational and research opportunities that celebrate the rich natural, cultural, economic, and technological resources of the mid-Atlantic Coastal region through field-based and hands-on learning. We offer a variety of programs including summer camps, family programs, kayak tours, photography workshops and much more!
Location: 34001 Mill Dam Road, Wallops Island, VA 23337
Phone: 757-824-5636
Email: info@cbfieldstation.org
Website: Click Here

Movie Theater

Museums & Visitor Centers

Chincoteague Pony Centre
The Chincoteague Pony Centre is the home of the oldest established breeder of Misty family ponies. We have the largest herd of Misty family ponies on the Island. For a wonderful family experience to see and interact with real Chincoteague ponies, this is the best place to visit. Meet the descendants of Misty, (special thanks to the Allen family, owners of Misty's closest relatives). Sit down and enjoy a movie or stroll around the stables. There are many collectibles and antiques to look at or just relax with a cool drink and let life drift by. We offer pony rides, riding lessons, pony day camps and a gift shop filled with unique items including a large collection of Breyer models!
Location: Chicken City Rd., Chincoteague VA
Phone: 757-336-2776 or 757-336-63l3
Email: ponycntr@verizon.net
Website: Click Here
Delmarva Discovery Center
Visit the Shore’s leading destination for hands-on discovery. Unleash your imagination- and your kids- in this exciting new museum including a 6,000 gallon aquarium, crawl-through beaver lodge, a Native American village, a larger-than-life steamship and many special events throughout the year! Visit our web site or call us at 410-957-9933 for more details.
Location: 2 Market Street, Pocomoke City MD
Phone: 410-957-9933
Email: contact@delmarvadiscoverycenter.org
Website: Click Here
Museum of Chincoteague Island
The Museum of Chincoteague tells the story of the Island's history. The Museum's exhibits reflect the historical progression of the life on Chincoteague Island. Visitors learn about various experiences and events from the towns past. Included in the museum is the First Order Fresnel Lens from the Assateague Island Lighthouse, the iconic Chincoteague ponies known as Misty and Stormy, models of vessels that plied the Chincoteague waters long ago, oral histories and artifacts that tell the story of Chincoteague Island life throughout its' long and varied existence. Visit our web site to learn about special exhibits and programs currently taking place at the Museum.
Location: 7125 Maddox Blvd., Chincoteague, VA
Phone: 757-336-6117
Email: chincoteaguemuseum@verizon.net
Website: Click Here

Nature Cruises

This activity is a must do for any Chincoteague vacation. A scenic boat cruise will allow you experience the abundant wildlife and unspoiled nature of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. You will gain a perspective of the Islands that is unachievable any other way. Wild Ponies, Dolphins, Bald Eagles, and Sunsets over the Bay are just a few of the highlights you'll have a chance to experience.

Click here for the 'Nature Cruise Boats' page
Chincoteague Island Charterboat Association

Outdoor Parks

Chincoteague Island offers several beautiful parks for the enjoyment of its residents and visitors. We highly reccomend taking advantage of these well maintained spaces while your on vacation.

Robert Reed Downtown Park - The Town of Chincoteague, with the support of local businesses and a network of volunteers, is involved in an ambitious revitalization project in the downtown area. The Town has accumulated nearly $1.7 million in various grants and local matches toward the project. One major phase of the revitalization involves the development of a new waterfront park. This park, located on the waterfront in the heart of downtown, offers recreational opportunities, a site for festivals and events, and a beautiful view of sunsets. Annual events such as the “Weekend of the Islands” and the “Chili Chowder Cook-off” have already begun drawing as many as 1,500 visitors. There are currently 10 boat slips available for rent to transient boats that are in excess of 26’to 50’ in length. The park is ADA accessible, inclusive of boat slips.

Veteran's Memorial Park - The Town of Chincoteague has a lovely waterfront park, Chincoteague Veteran's Memorial Park, for the recreation of residents and visitors. Memorial Park is located on Eastside Road. The park has tennis courts, basketball courts, playground equipment, fishing/crabbing pier, ball field, boat ramp, skate park, pavilion and restrooms. The pavilion may be reserved for groups through a permit issued by the Town for approval. It is recommended that you contact the Town Office to check availability. There is no fee for reserving the pavilion. The Commonwealth of Virginia enforces a recreational fishing license for the water surrounding Chincoteague. The Town of Chincoteague purchases a fishing license for the Veteran's Memorial Park fishing pier, so an individual license is not required.

Donald J. Leonard Park - The Donald J. Leonard Park is located across from the Chincoteague Combined School on North Main Street and protects an open view of Chincoteague Bay with approximately 600 feet of water frontage. Over 2.7 acres of waterfront land has been left in its natural state for the enjoyment of the citizens and visitors alike. Park facilities allow for off street parking up to 10 cars, picnic tables, and kayak access to the Virginia Seaside Water Trail.

Pony Rides, Lessons, and Shows

Chincoteague Pony Centre
The Chincoteague Pony Centre is the home of the oldest established breeder of Misty family ponies. We have the largest herd of Misty family ponies on the Island. For a wonderful family experience to see and interact with real Chincoteague ponies, this is the best place to visit. Meet the descendants of Misty, (special thanks to the Allen family, owners of Misty's closest relatives). Sit down and enjoy a movie or stroll around the stables. There are many collectibles and antiques to look at or just relax with a cool drink and let life drift by. We offer pony rides, riding lessons, pony day camps and a gift shop filled with unique items including a large collection of Breyer models!
Location: Chicken City Rd., Chincoteague VA
Phone: 757-336-2776 or 757-336-63l3
Email: ponycntr@verizon.net
Website: Click Here

Public Library

Chincoteague Island Library
The Chincoteague Island Library serves the residents of Chincoteague, our Eastern Shore neighbors, and many seasonal visitors. The library contains current and popular books, audio books, e-books, CDs, a basic reference collection, magazines, DVDs, videos, and newspapers. There are computers for e-mail, word processing, and surfing the net. The Library also offers 24-hour wireless internet connection. We offer a variety of Children's Programs, as well as Adult Programs. The Library Benefit Shop sells great used books for beach reading and much more. Check our web site for hours of operation and more details about the programs we offer.
Location: 4077 Main Street, Chincoteague VA
Phone: 757-336-3460
Email: chincoteagueislandlibrary@yahoo.com
Website: Click Here

Shopping

Surfing

Waterfowl Hunting

Come and enjoy the Lower Eastern Shores beautiful surroundings ands abundant waterfowl. The hundreds of square miles of unspoiled wetlands provide for some of the best Duck and Goose hunting in the country. Snow, Brant, and Canadian geese, and a wide variety of ducks are a plenty around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Check the Virginia Game and Inland Fisheries for season dates and regulations. Guided hunts are available.

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