Two Day Itinerary – Chincoteague/Assateague

Two Day Itinerary – Chincoteague/Assateague


Breakfast at your hotel, B&B, rental house or campground or at one of our restaurants or pastry shops to get you started.

Visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore

  • Hike/bike (rentals available from one of several bike rental shops on Chincoteague) over 17 miles of trails through the 14,000 acres of CNWR 
  • Swim/fish/paddle in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Beach comb the miles of sandy beach on the VA portion of Assateague Island
  • Explore the Herbert H. Bateman Educational Center and Tom’s Cove Visitor Center 

Picnic on the beach with a boxed lunch from one of our fabulous eateries.

Visit Assateague Island Lighthouse circa 1867 and climb its 175 stairs to an amazing view from the top deck.  Open limited days in season. 

Visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island to learn the lore of the land and the riches of the seas: including First Order Fresnel Lens from the original Assateague Island Lighthouse and preserved Misty and Stormy.

Enjoy a refreshing treat at one of our famous ice cream parlors.

Shop the eclectic boutiques, art galleries, and antique shops located around our island. Unique, one-of-a-kind treasures await you in every store. Visit a local decoy carver

End the day with a relaxing boat cruise around the islands and capture an amazing sunset over the Chincoteague Bay.

Dinner at one of our fine restaurants or food trucks feasting on fresh from the water clams, world-famous Chincoteague Oysters, or the “catch of the day” (red drum, flounder, rockfish, or tuna).


After breakfast, rent a kayak/canoe and peacefully paddle the Assateague Channel’s calm waters on your own or with a knowledgeable tour guide.  See songbirds, turtles, bald eagles, osprey, egrets and herons. An occasional otter may surprise you! Seaside Water Trail Map

Enjoy more shopping time with a latte or sweet treat from one of our delightful food specialty shops. 

Lunch at one of our great restaurants followed by a visit to NASA Visitor Center to learn about the fascinating programs at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Interpretive exhibits, NASA gift shop, real rockets outside, spacesuits and more. Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket launches to resupply the International Space Station occur several times per year and can be seen from locations on Chincoteague Island. 

Enjoy a quiet moment at one of our beautiful waterfront parks.  Try your hand at crabbing after a quick visit to a local bait shop for supplies. 

Bring your visit to a close with dinner, a beach stroll, and a breathtaking sunset! 

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