Things to do on Chincoteague Island
In addition to the unparalleled beauty of tranquil beaches with spectacular sunrises and sunsets, our islands offer diverse wildlife, fantastic woodlands and marshes, scenic water views and wild Chincoteague Ponies. Our mild year-round climate enables continuous enjoyment of numerous activities.
For the history enthusiast, there are numerous museums to whet the appetite.
For the fisherman, there is channel, surf, and deep-sea fishing. Rent a boat, fish from the public piers, or compete in various fishing tournaments throughout the year. Go crabbing or clamming in the abundant waters surrounding both islands.
Water sports include jet-skiing, parasailing, kayaking, canoeing, and swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. The Seaside Water Trail is fun to kayak or canoe.
Biking and hiking along wilderness trails on the Wildlife Refuge is a must.
Take a wildlife tour to discover a bird watcher’s paradise. The Eastern Shore and the islands of Chincoteague and Assateague are located along the Atlantic flyway for shorebirds, waterfowl, and others that nest in the north and migrate south for the winter. The salt marshes, pine woods, and specially-developed freshwater impoundments on the refuge are also nesting places for a variety of birds including species of plovers, gulls, terns, geese, herons, and ducks.
Scenic Cruises through the Chincoteague and Assateague Channels provide opportunities for bird watching, pony watching, or just relaxing while watching the sun set over the islands.
Memorial Park located on East Side Drive offers tennis courts, basketball courts, playground equipment, skateboarding, covered picnic shelter and fishing opportunities from the pier (no license required). Call the Town Office at 757-336-6519 to reserve picnic tables.
Robert Reed Waterfront Park on Main Street is host to outdoor concerts and festivals throughout the year. The Pavillion is available for public use by calling the Town Office at 757-336-6519.
Robert Reed Waterfront Park and Marina Facilities
Lat: 37º56.050' Long:075º22.666' Tide: 3 ft. Current: 5 kt. Chart: 12210
Rep. Depths (MLW): Entry 12 ft. Fuel Dock: NA Max Slip/Moor: 15 ft./0 ft.
Access: Chincoteague Channel
Marina Facilities (In Season/Off Season)
Fuel: Mason Oil*** -- Diesel, On Call Delivery
Slips: 10 total, 10 Transient Max LOA: 50 ft. Max Beam: 18 ft.
Rate (per ft): Day $1.00* Week: NA Month: NA
Power: 30 amp inc., 50 amp-NA, 100 amp-NA, 200 amp-NA
Cable TV: No Dockside phone: No
Dock Type: Wood, short fingers, alongside, fixed
Moorings: 0 Total, 0 Transient, Launch: NA
Heads: 4 toilets, 2 showers Laundry: None
Pump-out: Onsite, 1 central Fee: Free Closed Heads: Yes
Owner/Manager: Town of Chincoteague Harbormaster: Wayne Merritt--757-894-8240
Season: Year Round
After Hours Arrival: Call Chincoteague Police Department at 757-336-3155
Reservations: Preferred** Payment: Cash Only
Pets: Welcome Handicap Access: Yes, Heads, Docks
There are mosquitoes and gnats on the barrier islands in the summer. Chincoteague sprays for mosquitoes, both from trucks on the ground and from low-flying planes in the summer, so the mosquito population is to some extent controlled. But because Assateague Island is a Refuge for a variety of birds and wildlife, spraying is not a practice there, and a repellent is a summer “must”.
Not allowed on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge-not even in vehicles! This includes all of Assateague Island Virginia, the National Seashore and wildlife trails.