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Wild horses and ponies walking and running on beach at Assateagu

If you’re a nature lover looking for a unique experience, then Chincoteague Island is the perfect vacation spot for you. Located on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, Chincoteague Island offers an abundance of wildlife and a wide array of activities for those interested in spotting animals and birdwatching. 

The island is home to some of the most breathtaking wildlife, ranging from wild ponies to deer, bald eagles, and ospreys. Birdwatchers are sure to be delighted by the variety of species including herons, egrets, ducks, and geese. And you may even spot some of the more elusive birds like the endangered Roseate Spoonbill or Black Skimmer. Be sure to take your binoculars along on your trip if you want to make the most of birdwatching! 

Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the island’s many nature trails, beaches, and marshes. Visitors can easily observe the wild ponies, which have been part of the island’s culture for hundreds of years. In addition, the Assateague National Wildlife Refuge provides a peaceful setting for visitors to observe a variety of birds, mammals, amphibians, and reptiles. For the adventurous, we absolutely recommend taking advantage of the opportunity to venture out onto the water in order to spot dolphins, whales, and sea turtles.

Nature tourism is Chincoteague Island’s main attraction and draw, and there are many ways to experience the island’s natural beauty. At Sea Rocket, we encourage visitors to Chincoteague to rent their own skiff or pontoon boat. By renting your own boat, you have total control over how much of the island you get to take in from the ocean water. Our guests remark upon just how exciting it is to be able to take your time and observe the wild ponies and horses along the sandy beaches. Experiencing nature at Chincoteague isn’t a sprint or whirlwind tour, it’s about really immersing yourself in the beauty of the wildlife around you. So go at your own pace with a day-long boat rental, and choose to take your time with nature. 

For those interested in watching animals and birdwatching, Chincoteague Island is an ideal destination. With so many different species and activities to experience, you’re sure to have an unforgettable time. It’s hard to imagine a more engaging nature excursion on Chincoteague than taking your family out on a pontoon boat picnic to look for sea turtles and watch the horses gallop along the islands. When you’re next in Chincoteague, be sure to stop by our Sea Rocket location on Chincoteague Island! We would love to meet you and point out some of the most fun things to do in town.