Chincoteague is for Horse Lovers Itinerary
Breakfast at your hotel, B&B, rental house or campground or in one of the many restaurants serving hot, full meals to get you started.
Spend some time on Historic Main Street: learn about the history of Misty of Chincoteague with a visit to Miss Molly’s Inn Bed & Breakfast where Marguerite Henry wrote the world famous children’s book in 1946 and Island Theatre to view Misty’s hoof prints which were cast in concrete at the movie premier of Misty in 1961. See the beautiful Misty statue across the street at Robert N. Reed Downtown Waterfront Park.
Visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island to view the Beebe Ranch exhibit, including Misty and Stormy.
Hike, bike, or drive the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge to see the Chincoteague Ponies grazing on the lush, green marsh grass. The south herd of ponies can typically be seen grazing in the marsh adjacent to Beach Road or from the observation platform on the Woodland Trail. Bicycles are available at one of several bike rental companies.
Picnic at a beautiful waterfront park with a boxed lunch from one of our many fabulous eateries. If weather is not permitting, enjoy indoor dining at one of our wonderful restaurants.
Enjoy some pony time at the Chincoteague Pony Centre where you can see Chincoteague Ponies, enjoy a pony ride, or take in a Horse and Pony show. The Centre also offers Pony Play Time, riding lessons, and gift shop.
Shop for horse-themed and other treasures while you stroll through the shops and boutiques on the island or purchase a photograph of the Chincoteague Ponies from a local photographer. Local shops, bookstores and Chincoteague Island Library offer numerous titles exploring the possible origins of the wild ponies.
Saddle up and take a trail ride through fields and woodlands at Queen Hive Farm in Assawoman, VA; just minutes from Chincoteague Island.
Dine at one of our fine restaurants feasting on fresh from the waters, clams, world-famous Chincoteague Oysters, and the “catch of the day” which could be red drum, flounder, rockfish, or tuna.
Complete your day with an ice cream sundae at one of our ice cream parlors, complete with pony themed flavors and sundaes!
Meet members of the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team and their Chincoteague Ponies at special events hosted on Chincoteague or at their farm in nearby Bloxom, VA.
For the full horse lovers experience, plan your visit around the annual Pony Swim and Auction or one of the Spring or Fall Roundups.
Check our events calendar for other special horse related lectures, programs and events happening throughout the year.
Please note that some of these activities are seasonal or have been affected by the pandemic. Please contact the Chamber office or the business directly for availability.