Two Day Itinerary – Chincoteague/Assateague

Two Day Itinerary – Chincoteague/Assateague


Breakfast at your hotel or in one of many restaurants serving hot, full meals to get you started or sandwiches to go.

9 am to noon:  
Visit Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore

Hike or bike over 17 miles of trails through the 14, 000 acres of CNWR. Don’t have bikes—no worries—we have several bike rental shops on Chincoteague!

Swim, fish or 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

Noon to 1:00 pm:
Picnic on the beach with a boxed lunch from one of our many fabulous eateries (weather permitting)

Weather not permitting, visit Assateague Island Lighthouse first, then head to Chincoteague Island to enjoy indoor dining at one of our wonderful restaurants.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:
Visit Assateague Island Lighthouse built in 1867. It is open limited days in-season for those daring to climb the 175 stairs to the top. If you make it, the view from the top deck is amazing!

2:00 pm to 3:00 pm :
Visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island to learn the lore of the land and the riches of the seas. Our history and heritage are beautifully detailed in the rotating exhibits of the recently renovated museum. See the First Order Fresnel Lens from the original Assateague Island Lighthouse, the preserved Misty and Stormy that put the little island of Chincoteague on the map and many other fascinating objects that enhance the understanding of various experiences and events from our past.

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm:
Enjoy a refreshing treat at one of our famous ice cream parlors.

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm:
Shop the eclectic boutiques and art galleries along Main Street and Maddox Boulevard. Unique, one-of-a-kind treasures await you in every store.

6:00 pm:
End the day with a relaxing pontoon cruise around the islands and capture sunset over the Chincoteague Bay.

8:00 pm:
Dinner 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.


Breakfast at your hotel or in one of many restaurants serving hot, full meals to get you started or sandwiches to go.

9:00 am to 11:00 am:
Begin the day with a peaceful paddle (kayak or canoe) through the calm waters of the Assateague Channel. Wake up with the songbirds, turtles, bald eagles, egrets and herons. Rent your own or enjoy a guided tour. We have wonderful guides to show you the way!

*Weather not looking great? Return to Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and enjoy the interpretive exhibits at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational Center and Tom’s Cove Visitor Center more.

11:00 am to noon:
Enjoy more shopping time along Main Street or Maddox Boulevard. Enjoy a Latte or donut from one of our delightful bakeries serving scrumptious treats. Who says you can’t start with dessert?

Noon to 1:00 pm:
Lunch at one of our great restaurants.

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm:
Visit NASA Visitor Center. Learn about the fascinating programs at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility. Interpretive exhibits, NASA gift shop, real rockets outside, spacesuits and more.

2:00 pm to 4:00 pm:
Enjoy a pony lesson or a real pony show at Chincoteague Pony Centre featuring all Chincoteague Ponies. (sesasonal)

4:00 pm to 6:00 pm:
More shopping! Or.....
Maybe a quiet moment at Veteran’s Memorial Park overlooking the Assateague Channel or Robert N. Reed Waterfront Park overlooking the Chincoteague Channel. Or......
Try your hand at crabbing (all you need is some chicken necks and string) or fishing ---- local bait shops supply all you need

7:00 pm:
Dinner and a sunset..... Or
Dinner and a stroll along the beach and sunset....

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