We hope this guide serves as the stepping stone to you creating your own Chincoteague memories. The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce & Certified Visitor Center looks forward to helping you plan your visit and sharing all our islands have to offer with you.
May through September - 5:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Daily
October - 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Daily
November through Mid-March - 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Daily
Mid-March through April - 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Daily
The Wildlife Loop is open during normal operating hours for walking and biking but is also open to drive daily from 3pm to dusk.
Entrance to the refuge is free if you are walking and biking or there are daily, weekly, and annual fees if you plan to drive your vehicle over. Annual military and senior passes are also available.
This entire island induces a sense of calm within me when I’m here. It’s something I really cannot explain. It’s a feeling that cannot be bought or sold. Almost like if you step back, breathe deeply and open your heart, you can feel this island embrace you. It is a wonderful feeling and part of that magic are the people here. They are such an intricate part of that welcoming. It is no wonder that so many are saddened to leave. – Steven Turchin
Coastal Living Magazine named Chincoteague #1 ‘Happiest Seaside Town in America’ – 2014
Budget Travel named Chincoteague Island #2 in ‘100 Coolest Small Towns in America’ - 2015
Southern Living Magazine named Chincoteague Island #5 in ‘South’s Best Top 10 Islands’ - 2017
Chincoteague is the perfect destination for families who adore nature, relish relaxation, and appreciate a sense of community. As an historic gem of the Eastern Shore, Chincoteague provides outlets for everyone, from sportsmen and sunbathers to fun-seekers and foodies.
- Michael C. Upton, travel writer and longtime Chincoteague visitor
Planning the perfect getaway in Chincoteague just got easier! The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce is excited to unveil the Chincoteague 'Plan Your Visit' Widget, which resides here on our website, and the 'Chincoteague' mobile apps for Android and Apple. Whether you are planning a visit or already here, these interactive applications allow you to explore hotels, restaurants, activities, shopping, audio tours, and more while building an itinerary to ensure your visit to the Beautiful Land Across the Water is most memorable. Click button for mobile app download QR Code.