My husband and I would like to bring our horse-loving daughter to Chincoteague for her birthday -- she turns 7 the day before this year's Pony Swim so it's too perfect!
We are on a budget, though, so at this point we are thinking of camping (tent, not camper). I've called each of the big three campgrounds for pricing information, but am unsure as to which to choose. I understand Tom's Cove is the closest but want to pick the one where we will have the best experience all-around. Is there anyone with specific information about the campsites, including reviews?
We also had hoped to enjoy a charter boat trip during the actual swim and spoke with a charter captain who was very helpful. I would love any input from those familiar with the swim who might be able explain how imperative the boat experience is, in the sense of getting the best swim experience for our daughter. The charter boats are not an inexpensive endeavor, so I want to be sure it's something worth doing. It can be where we decide to put the brunt of our budget, but I want to know what others think about the best way to see the swim. And, if we didn't do a charter, how and where does one recommend we watch?
Last, we would sincerely appreciate any specific tips on the absolute must-dos in Chincoteague, and any can-skips or good tips, if there are any.
We'd love this to be a real memory maker for our daughter and want to get the most out of our time there.
A sincere thanks, in advance, for taking the time to fill in the blanks of my internet research and help me pull together something memorable and enjoyable.