The pony swim is quite an occasion. Since they swim at low tide, the time of the swim varies year to year. The one year we went, the swim was very early in the morning. And lots of people. I think the actual swim is the 4th Wednesday in July but the festivities go on all week with at the carnival grounds with the fair.
If you have never been to chincoteague, here is some more info. The beach at assateague is federal, i think it was about 16 bucks for the week pass. The visitors center at the beach area has a schedule of ranger programs, they have a lot to offer. The kayak excursion they offer fills up early, we have never been able to get a slot
. The Bateman education center also is a nice rainy day activity. There is a wildlife bus tour that leaves from there that is not to pricey (cheaper than the boat tours you find on Chincoteague). We saw the ponies up close when we went on it and bald eagles. They do not let you off the bus to take pictures, so it can be hard to get decent shots. The beach does get crowded and if the parking lots fill up, then there's a line waiting as one car leaves, they let one car in, we usually get there before 10 and do not have any problems. I think after mid afternoon, it frees up too, but we never go that late. The light house is usually open, there is a fee to go up in it but the view is really nice.
One other cool activity is the Chincoteague museum. It is on the road to the beach just before the bridge on the left. It showcases the history of Chincoteague and they have a search and find activity that was fun.
HTT: "EscapeII" 2016 Shamrock 23WS (current)
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TV: "Bruce" 2011 Dodge Durango V8 Hemi Crew
Just us gals (me, Sis and our daughters)
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