Get away from it all on family-friendly Chincoteague Island! This serene coastal locale along Virginia’s Eastern Shore is where you’ll find beautiful beaches, a national wildlife refuge, quaint small town atmosphere, and loads of fun just waiting for your family to enjoy.
Come escape to Chincoteague Island with us. Hang at the beach, discover back bays and coastal waterways, then end the day with family friendly dining and enjoyable evening action. Discover for yourself five family favorites in this a little slice of serenity.
1. The Unobstructed Atlantic Ocean Beaches
Chincoteague Island is fronted by gorgeous Atlantic Ocean beach front bliss. With the surrounding lands being a part of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, there’s not a single home to obstruct the views nor block beach access, not a single boardwalk in sight to distract from Mother Nature’s bounty of attractions.
What you will find are frothy Atlantic Ocean waves that are a perfect respite from the summer heat. Waves ready for boogie boards and body surfing. Waves to sooth the soul, for simply sitting back and enjoying a hot summer’s day on the beach.
And of course, unobstructed stretches of fine, soft sand perfect for sand castles and digging your toes in deep. Yes, this is the life of a summer day on Chincoteague Island!
2. The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge
With over 14,000 acres of land that includes pristine beach front real estate, sand dunes, marshes and maritime forests, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a prime attraction here. From wild pony sightings to world class bird watching, hiking, biking, crabbing, and soft-n-sandy beaches, the Wildlife Refuge offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Stroll along roadside trails and boardwalks in search of Chincoteague’s most famous residents, the Chincoteague Wild Ponies. Aren’t they just so beautiful! Keep an eye out for deer, fox, raccoons, and a plethora of beautiful feathered flyers who make themselves right at home alongside these beautiful creatures.
With it’s location along the Atlantic Flyway, Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is also a prime bird-watching destination. More than 300 species of birds consider the refuge a migratory stop-over, a nesting ground, or a permanent home. Just hang out for a while and you are sure to see several for yourself!
3. The Back Bay Discoveries
No visit to Chincoteague Island is complete without cruising through it’s back bays and coastal waterways. No boat? No problem! Let Captain Barry be your guide, where first-hand explorations, hands-on discoveries, and pure family fun are always on his agenda.
A Captain Barry Back Bay Cruise will be full of discoveries, like digging in mud in search of clams. Or hauling in a trawler net chock full of what’s living just beneath the water’s surface. Perhaps even tasting oysters plucked fresh from the bay! Every day is a different discovery, every back bay cruise a different experience.
All aboard! Captain Barry’s Back Bay Cruise is ready to depart on an adventure the whole family is sure to enjoy. Learn more about Captain Barry at Exploring Chicoteague Island’s Back Bays and Coastal Waterways.
4. The Family Friendly Dining
Yep. Chincoteague Island is a very family friendly destination indeed. It’s where you will find sandy beaches, fun adventures and enjoyable activities for all ages and all budgets. You will also find affordable, family friendly dining options as well!
From quick and easy meals at the local barbecue pit to ginormous $5 ice cream cones at Island Creamery, nobody will go hungry here. Best of all, your wallet won’t be gasping for air when the bill arrives. Unless of course, you choose a more upscale dining option, of which there are several if you’d prefer.
5. The Family Friendly Night Life
The sun may be going down, but the fun is far from over on Chincoteague Island. In fact, the night life is just gearing up for another round of family fun! So head on over to the local amusement center for an evening filled with family friendly activities for everyone.
Climb a rock tower and test your hand-holding and toe-scrambling skills. Try out bungie jumping, somersaulting up and around as you soar towards the sky. Challenge the family to a race around the Go-kart course, or a race around the water in a bumper boat!
Tonight it’s an evening of family friendly games and challenges. Tomorrow it’s family mini-golf night. Whether it’s relaxing at a bay-side dock, fishing pole in hand, or tackling a climbing wall, Chincoteague Island has what it takes to entertain the family morning, noon and night.
Have You Been To Chincoteague Island?
Chincoteague Island is where we found ourselves on a last minute weekend get-away, intent on a little rest & relaxation from our hectic lives back home. Our only regret from this long weekend? That we didn’t have a full week to spend here! Sometimes those last-minute, unscheduled and barely planned vacations are just what a family needs.
Have you been to Chincoteague Island? Do you agree with it’s family friendly atmosphere? Have you made a last minute mad dash away from your daily life to a destination that totally surprised you in an I-must-return-again-one-day kind of way? Do share!
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