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Our Islands

Beautiful Land Across the Water...

Whether you're planning a Chincoteague family vacation, a business trip or a divinely romantic getaway, the Rodeway Inn of Chincoteague offers the perfect setting for whatever occasion brings you to our islands.

Unparalleled Beauty
Located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Chincoteague is known worldwide for its wild ponies that were written about in the Marguerite Henry book - Misty of Chincoteague - as well as the movie of the same name.

Assateague National Seashore: Assateague Island boasts more than 37 miles of the most beautiful beaches found on the entire East Coast. Laze your days away on the pristine white sand, and walk the picturesque coastline searching for some of the most perfect seashells only found on these unspoiled beaches. You can purchase an ORV permit, and access the lower hook of Assateague Beach. You can take advantage of interactive programs such as, Surf Fishing Demonstrations, Nature's Nursery - The Salt Marsh, Beach Campfires, and Surf Rescue Demonstrations. The Assateague Lighthouse is one of the most photographed in the nation.

RefugeChincoteague National Wildlife Refuge: Explore the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, world famous for the Chincoteague wild Ponies, and take in all the spectacular views. The Refuge offers an Interpretive Program Schedule, including bird watching, the history of Lighthouses, evening walks, and the fragile Eco-system of the land. Bird watchers will be delighted to find that the refuge is home to over 260 species of birds and waterfowl.

Oyster & Maritime Museum: The Oyster and Maritime Museum is rich in history and maritime lore of the present, and days gone by. Various exhibits, including the original prismatic lighthouse lens make for a must see attraction. 7125 Maddox Blvd, 757-336-6117

Memorial Park: Located on East Side Drive, Memorial Park offers playground equipment, Tennis and Basketball Courts, and a fishing dock overlooking Assateague Channel. There is also a boat ramp located here.

Chincoteague's annual Pony Penning & Auction is a popular event every July. "Saltwater cowboys" herd the ponies from Assateague Island, who then swim across the channel to Chincoteague Island. After the ponies rest awhile, they are again herded down Main Street to the pony corrals, where they stay until the auction.

Pony Penning' One of life's must do's

Pony Swim

For over 85 years now, we’ve been holding our Pony Penning and Carnival to the delight of visitors from around the world.  At “slack tide” on the last Wednesday before the last Thursday of every July, Chincoteague’s “Saltwater Cowboys” herd the wild Chincoteague ponies across the Assateague Channel to move them from Assateague Island to neighboring Chincoteague Island.  After the swim, the ponies “parade” to the carnival grounds where the foals are auctioned on the last Thursday of July.  And then on Friday, the adult ponies will make the return swim to Assateague Island where they will live in the wild for another year.  Join us for the World Famous Pony Round Up and Swim.

Info: Chincoteague Chamber

 

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