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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00
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Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Uncrowded wildlife refuge managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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This was an amazing scenery. The kids enjoyed the walk, seeing the boats, birds and mini horses. It was so nice and peaceful

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Washington DC
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We walk up lighthouses, that's what we do. Here there is a spectacular view of Chincoteague and Assateague and, unfortunately, chartreuse clouds of pine pollen wafting across the landscape. The nature walk had evidence of horses but none on Easter Sunday.

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ALEXANDRIA
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3 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was an amazing scenery. The kids enjoyed the walk, seeing the boats, birds and mini horses. It was so nice and peaceful

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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8 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Well maintained flat walking trails. DNR officers were pleasant and well informed. Watched an eagle feed its babies, upon their direction. Lots of flora, wildlife, and wonderful sunset views. Trails well marked! Visitors Centers well maintained.

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Linkwood, Maryland
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Even if we aren't sitting or walking on the beach we will drive down just to hear the ocean and the seagulls.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I loved the refuge! It's clean, peaceful and the staff was so friendly. I would have loved to have seen the horses running through the waves but I guess that's things you read in books or maybe see during the roundup! I did get a pretty good look at them a couple of different places and they are beautiful but... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Riding bikes, hiking on the beach, pony sightings, waterfowl, eagle, turkey sightings make this an interesting place. The visitors center is great and the climb to the top of the lighthouse was fun.

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Lake Mary, Florida
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Such a beautiful island. The horses are beautiful, it really would be hard to duplicate it. The beach is awesome and the drive in and out is breathtaking.

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Scottsville, Virginia, United States
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visit the lighthouse, wonderful beach, stop by the Visitors Center lots of cool stuff and lots of information.

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a beautiful refuge. Great visitor's center. All the trails are suitable for walking or bikes.I would bring a bike in the future so I could see more. Great that they keep the cars off a main road until 3pm so people can walk and ride in quiet without having to deal with cars. Plenty to see from the car... More 

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Southern Tier NYS
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86 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Get a map and get out of your car and hike or bike around this special place. You'll want to walk on the beach to watch the dolphins fishing and frolicking. Save a shell with a hole in it to put on the "shell trees" about a mile north up the beach. The vehicle accessible beach is currently under renovation,... More 

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