Assateague Island National Seashore, Assateague Island

Witness wild ponies running free on 16,720 hectares (41,320 acres) at Assateague Island National Seashore, a portion of Assateague Island run by the National Park Service. Stop in at the visitors center before crossing over into the park. Walk the shores of its famous white sand beaches, take a short hike, swim anywhere on the island, or even go fishing (Maryland fishing license required). While the island hosts a variety of birds, it is most well-known for its free-roaming, wild ponies. These Assateague Island wild ponies wander along the beaches near Chincoteague, Virginia, and Ocean City, Maryland. In addition to participating in recreational activities available on the Island, take a tour to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Our Assateague Island trip builder app makes visiting Assateague Island National Seashore and other Assateague Island attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We saw 3 different groups of ponies. I'm glad we bought the National Parks Seniors Pass we saved 20.00 entrance fee. There's camping in designated areas and the area was kept clean. The mosquitoes wer...  more »
  • Skip Ocean City and come here. It’s so beautiful. Pristine beaches on one side and on the other side is an inlet with so much wildlife and beautiful scenery it was almost as fun as the beach side. A l...  more »
  • Beautiful, beautiful! My first visit here. The wild horses were out doing their thing. The weather was perfect and the beach was mostly empty. The atmosphere was much calmer than that of ocean city and so was the water. Can't wait to return.
  • I went here for the Blueberry Festival, but enjoyed much more. On my way to the beach, i saw the ponies grazing in the field. I had a delicious take out meal at Captain Zack's twice. They were very helpful & the food was delicious! The island people have a laid back, caring attitude. This is a beautiful place to be.

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