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What Are The Most Popular Amenities in Chincoteague Island, VA?

Amenity Overview in Chincoteague Island, VA

The above reveals the top rental amenities and the property numbers associated with each of them in Chincoteague Island. In Chincoteague Island, 261 rentals offer Air Conditioning, 255 rentals offer TV, 246 rentals offer Internet or Wifi. So, if you need Air Conditioning during your vacation, use the Air Conditioning filter to compare these properties. Two amenities that are not typical are Hot Tub, Pool.

How Does The Vacation Home Rental Price Look Like in Chincoteague Island, VA?

Vacation House & Condo Rental Price Information in Chincoteague Island, VA

The graph shows the percentages of vacation homes in each price bucket. Chincoteague Island has the largest percentage (28.68%) of homes in $150 - $200 price range.
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What Are The Most Liked Rental Accommodations in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Top Rental Accommodations in Chincoteague Island, VA
There are various types of homes in Chincoteague Island area. Depending on your group size, you can pick the one using filters accordingly. House is the most popular accommodation type, and the largest homes can accommodate 20 people.The least popular accommodation in Chincoteague Island is Mobile Home rentals
How Many Accommodations Are Pets Allowed in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Percentage of Pet Friendly Rental Properties in Chincoteague Island, VA
29.48% of vacation homes in Chincoteague Island are pet friendly. Either you bring your loved pets on vacation or you have pet allergies, make sure to select the homes by applying the right filters.
Where Should We Visit in Chincoteague Island, VA Area?
Points of Interests In Chincoteague Island, VA

Here we list the must-visit places in Chincoteague Island:

Must-Visit Trails in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Must Visit Trails In Chincoteague Island, VA
If you like outdoor activities, we highly recommend you to visit those famous trails: Eastern Shore: Chincoteague to Assateague Island, Island Nature Trail, Wildlife Pond Loop, Woodland Trail, Beachfront Backpacking Trail, Beach Walk, Milburn Cypress Nature Trail, Pocomoke River, Pocomoke River Shad Landing, Algonquin Cross County Trail.
Any RV Campgrounds in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Most Visited Campgrounds In Chincoteague Island, VA
For campgrounds in Chincoteague Island, here are our recommendations: Ocean Breeze RV Resort and Campground, Castaways RV Resort & Campground, Frontier Town RV Resort & Campground, Carolina Country Campground, Assateague Island National Seashore Campground, Roaring Point Waterfront Campground, Janes Island Campground, Tall Pines Harbor Waterfront Campground, Virginia Landing RV Campground, Chincoteague Island KOA.
How Many Airports in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Top Airports in Chincoteague Island, VA

1 airport(s) close to Chincoteague Island are:

What are the must-visit places in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Must See Attractions

Assateague Island National Seashore is definitely a must-see when visiting Chincoteague. The two islands are connected by a bridge and there is a fee to enter the national park. Once inside, you will travel down a two-lane road surrounded on each side by pine trees and marshes. You can catch a glimpse of the wild horses the island is known for, standing in the marshes or woods, grazing. Folklore has it the horses are the descendants of those who survived a shipwreck off the coast of Virginia, although there are no historical accounts to confirm that belief. Many believe the horses are descendants of horses brought to barrier islands in the 17th century to avoid fencing and taxation laws. At the end of the road, there is a large parking area where you can access the beach which sits on the Atlantic Ocean. It is not unusual to have a wild horse or two strolls past as you recline in your beach chair. The locals ask that you not feed the horses and please keep your distance as they are wild. Interacting with them could cause injury and feeding them may cause illness or make it harder for them to forage on their own during non-tourist season.

The Assateague Island Lighthouse, visible from the bridge and some areas of Chincoteague Island, is still an active navigational aid used by the Coast Guard. You can get to the lighthouse from a trail that is well-marked just after crossing the bridge from Chincoteague Island onto Assateague. You can climb to the top of the lighthouse where you can see panoramic views of the area.

Where to visit in order to explore art and culture in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Art & Culture Places

If you want to learn the colorful history of Chincoteague Island, visit the Museum of Chincoteague Island. The 1st Order Fresnel Lens from the Assateague Island lighthouse is on display as well as information about Misty and Stormy of Chincoteague. There are models of vessels that were popular in the waters around the island over the years as well as items that washed ashore from shipwrecks. There is a decoy carver’s workshop and much more in the museum. Find them at 7125 Maddox Boulevard.

What are the travel peak seasons in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Peak Seasons

The average monthly temperatures in Chincoteague Island are

  • January – low of 32F (0C); high of 46F (8C)
  • February – low of 32F (0C); high of 47F (9C)
  • March – low of 40F (4C); high of 53F (12C)
  • April – low of 48F (9C); high of 62F (17C)
  • May – low of 57F (14C); high of 71F (22C)
  • June – low of 66F (19C); high of 80F (27C)
  • July – low of 71F (22C); high of 84F (29C)
  • August – low of 70F (21C); high of 83F (28C)
  • September – low of 65F (18C); high of 78F (26C)
  • October – low of 55F (13C); high of 69F (21C)
  • November – low of 45F (7C); high of 59F (15C)
  • December – low of 36F (2C); high of 50F (10C)

In the summer, Chincoteague Island can be very humid. In the winter, the wind blows often from the sound which can make the outdoor temperatures seem colder than they are. The average rainfall in Chincoteague Island is 43 inches per year and the area averages eight inches of snow each year.

What does the calendar look like for local events & festivals in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Local Events & Festivals

The largest event held in Chincoteague is the annual Pony Swim, usually held at the end of July, which was made famous by Marguerite Henry’s book Misty of Chincoteague. Spectators from around the world gather to see the “Saltwater Cowboys” round up wild horses on Assateague Island and swim them across the channel to Chincoteague. After the swim, the ponies are herded down Main Street where people line up on the sidewalk to come within feet of the ponies. They are corralled at the Chincoteague Fairgrounds and auctioned as a fundraiser for the volunteer fire department. Any ponies not sold are returned to the island. The pony swim and auction are necessary to keep the horses from overpopulating which could lead to illness and starvation.

The Chincoteague Fireman’s Carnival, held the month of July every year, offers rides, games, raffles, and food. The soft crab and fried oyster sandwiches are very popular with long lines at the booth each night. There is also live music most nights. In recognition of the event, the town theater plays the movie Misty of Chincoteague at 11 AM each day.

The Chincoteague Oyster Festival, held in October each year kicks off the start of oyster season and promotes the seafood industry that is one of the economic drivers on the island. You can enjoy oyster fritters, oyster stew, clam chowder, shrimp cocktail, hush puppies, and more at the event. Beverages are included in the ticket price while beer can be purchased at the festival. An award is given each year to the “Best Place/Space,” recognizing a business that decorated their area or location the best. Tickets should be purchased in advance as the festival sells out quickly.

Held on the last Saturday in September, the Chili Chowder Cookoff and Car Show is held on the Chincoteague carnival grounds each year. There is live music, arts and crafts vendors, raffles, and a car show. In addition, Little Miss Chili Pepper and Mr. Hot Stuff are crowned at the event. You can purchase tickets for tastes of the various chowder and chili options so that you can “vote” on your favorite chowder and chili. Prizes are awarded for Best In Show, Fire Company’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, and Top 30 People’s Choice.

How to get around in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Transportations

The closest airport to Chincoteague Island, Virginia, is Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport. It is a fairly small airport, so you may need to fly from a larger airport and then take a smaller plane to Salisbury, which is about 50 miles from Chincoteague Island. Although there may be rideshare options available, they are expensive, so you will want to rent a car when you land in Salisbury. Driving will take just over an hour.

What are the nightlife spots in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Nightlife Spots

Located at 4121 Main Street, the ChincoTiki Caribbean Bar and Grill is a fun, relaxed location to have a few drinks with friends. Sit in the sand in the colorful Adirondack chairs or find a spot at the bar for an ice-cold beer, a refreshing glass of wine or a specialty cocktail. There is live music at the venue as well.

Located upstairs above Don’s Seafood is Chattie’s Lounge, a local favorite. As they say, “you have to climb the mountain to find the party.” The bar has a decidedly local feel and offers beer, wine, and cocktails. There is a DJ, although the bar occasionally offers live music. On the first Wednesday and third Friday of the month, try your hand at Trivia Night. Chattie’s is located at 4113B Main Street.

Black Narrows Brewing Company is the first craft brewery on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. They are located over the Black Narrows on the island, created in an old oyster shucking building. They offer indoor and outdoor seating. The brewery is family-friendly, with a play kitchen area and a cozy book nook inside. There are also fun exploration stations outdoors to keep children occupied. You can even challenge someone to a game of “Rock Em’ Sock Em’ Robots.” They do occasionally offer live music as well. Find the brewery at 4522 Chicken City Road.

What are the activities in Chincoteague Island, VA that are family friendly?
Family Friendly Activities

NASA Wallops Visitor Center is located on the causeway before you get to Chincoteague Island. It is one of the oldest rocket launch sites in the world and is only a ten-minute ride from the island. Rockets are still launched from Wallops and are clearly visible from anywhere on the island. There is a visitor’s center that offers free public programs related to space and space travel as well as many exhibits that will be interesting for the entire family.

Ride a bike anywhere you need to be on the island. Chincoteague Island is only seven miles long and one-and-one-half miles wide, so a bike ride around the entire island is a fun family activity. If you ride bicycles across the bridge to Assateague, there is no entrance fee, and there are excellent bike paths all the way to the beach. The ride to the ocean beach is long and may not be suitable for small children. However, you can also rent tandem bicycles or bicycles with child carriers to make it easier. Some locations electric scooters that are fun for touring the island.

Located in the KOA Campground on the circle on Maddox Boulevard, Maui Jack’s is a new waterpark that is open to the public. There are waterslides, a lazy river, a concession area, and tiki cabanas. If you choose to camp in an RV, tent or cabin at the KOA Campground or if you book a stay at the nearby Fairfield Inn, you will be provided discount passes to Maui Jack’s as well.

How to plan 1 or 2 or 3-day trip itineraries in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Trip Planning

Start your trip by grabbing breakfast at the Chincoteague Diner before renting a bike at one of the many bicycle shops on the island. Grab lunch to go from the Sea Star Café and take a ride across the bridge onto Assateague Island to see the wild ponies or load everyone into the car and head directly to the beach. If you need a beach chair, there are rental options at the beach as well as bathhouses and restrooms. Stop at the Herbert H. Bateman Educational Center at the entrance to the beach parking lot to learn more about the local environment. Enjoy your picnic lunch on the beach while playing in the sand, enjoying the ocean waves, or just relaxing in your chair. On the return trip, stop and climb the lighthouse before heading back to your hotel or campsite to freshen up. Head out to the Museum of Chincoteague and then stop in at Mr. Whippy’s to try the ice cream locals love. Enjoy dinner at Bill’s Seafood and end your night with drinks at the ChincoTiki.

The next day, start with breakfast at Don’s Seafood before renting a kayak or canoe to paddle around the sounds in the Assateague Channel or take a guided tour of the area by water. Take a walk down Main Street to find the many little shops with unique items available. Take a ride out to the NASA Wallops Visitor’s Center before returning for lunch at Captain Zack’s. Search for the Misty of Chincoteague statue and try your hand take family photos in the Adirondack LOVE chairs in the park. End with dinner at the Ropewalk and a few drinks at Chattie’s Lounge.

Where are the hidden gems or unique spots to visit in Chincoteague Island, VA?
Hidden Gems

If you want an up-close and personal view of the island from the water, the Pony Express Nature Cruise is a great way to get that. Hop on a Coast Guard Certified tour boat and view marine life, shorebirds, wild ponies and more. Each captain is local, providing insider details about the two islands. You can reserve your spot on the cruise online or give them a call when you arrive.

The Captain Timothy Hill House, built-in 1800, is a small dwelling that was moved to its present location to save it from demolition. It was built using pit sawn and hewn pine planks. There is a wooden chimney common for the era and features carvings of sailing ships on the exterior. The house is located at 5122 Main Street.

Anyone who has read the book Misty of Chincoteague is aware that the island was the home of the famous horse and her colt, Stormy. Misty and Stormy were actual Chincoteague ponies raised by Paul and Maureen Beebe who purchased Misty as well as another pony, Phantom. Marguerite Henry wrote her book after a visit to Chincoteague Island. The book, although mostly fiction, was based on the real horse as well as Paul and Maureen. Henry offered to purchase Misty and take her back home with her, but the Beebe’s refused. Misty died in 1972 at the age of 26. In 1961, a movie based on the book premiered on the island, and Misty, after being led down Main Street, put her hoof prints in cement in front of the theater with Henry writing her name underneath. One of the hidden gems on the island, in addition to the hoof prints, is a bronze statue, created by sculptor Brian Maughan, which sits at Robert Reed Waterfront Park.

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