Pony Drives on Chincoteague Island

Posted May 28, 2010 by Jaclyn Liechti

Chincoteague Chincoteague Island, located off the northern Atlantic coastline of Virginia, is a resort island with a twist. Hotels and restaurants can be found alongside campgrounds and the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, where more than 260 species of birds can be found. Crabbing and clamming are favorite pastimes, and the island's old-fashioned charm is downright enchanting.

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Chincoteague Pony Swim: Once a year since 1925, the wild ponies of Assateague Island are rounded up to swim across the channel as part of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company's annual carnival. On July 28 this year, the ponies will once again take to the water, and you can watch this legendary herd known for its beauty and grace. And if you fall in love with one of the horses, be sure to put in a bid at the annual auction (if, of course, you have enough room and patience for one). Two days later, watch the ponies return to their island.

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This is an wonderful experience for the whole family. Not only do you have the pony penning but there is also the fireman's carnival to enjoy too. I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a fun family vacation. The beaches are wonderful also. The island is quaint and hospitable. I will definitely be going again!

Posted on May 30, 2010 at 06:48 PM by Rebekah

Just remember this is a small destination without huge expressways but gigantic mosquitos..bigger than those in Minnesota where they are the state bird!

Posted on June 09, 2010 at 06:46 PM by Mary Gallagher

I still remember doing this 34 years ago with my parents when I was 10 years old. One of the highlights of my childhood. Well worth the trip for any horse fans (or "Misty of Chicoteague" book fans).

Posted on June 10, 2010 at 05:20 PM by Michele

Even though this is listed under "Things to Do in Abingdon" Chincoteague Island is a good 6 hours away... oops.

Posted on July 15, 2010 at 12:36 PM by Karen

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