Assateague Ponies

An adventure from Chincoteague to visit Assateague’s amazing inner coastline.

Driving Directions to Assateague Explorer

Chincoteague Island, Virginia is where our pony watching nature cruise and kayak tour depart from. Chincoteague is right next to the beautiful southern half of Assateague Island. Chincoteague is only about 1 hour south of Ocean City, Maryland and about 2 hours north of Virginia Beach. Chincoteague is a scenic town with lodging, restaurants, shops and various attractions. Chincoteague is only 20 minutes south of the MD/VA state line on the Eastern Shore of Virginia and it is only 10 minutes off of US Rt. 13.

Explore the best parts of Assateague to see the wild ponies on your Virginia vacation. Much of the wild ponies allure comes from their beauty and interesting history of existence for hundreds of years on Assateague. Visit this Virginia destination where wild ponies, abundant shorebirds and marine life await you on our nature cruises and guided kayak tours. This place is ever changing throughout the day with the rise and fall of the tides, islands of waving salt marsh grasses and exposed sandbars. Old growth loblolly pine forests add to the amazing beauty of this place. Located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Chincoteague and Assateague have extraordinary sights for you to see on our tours. Get ready for a pleasant holiday experience as you journey on an eco tour along unspoiled areas of Assateague with us to discover the legendary land of wild ponies.

Cruise departs from: Chincoteague Island, VA at Curtis Merritt Harbor (2246 Curtis Merritt Harbor Drive) at the south end of Main Street. Please come to boat slip #43 at the left side of the harbor approx. 10 - 15 min. before your scheduled departure time. (Be sure to call first for reservations.) Look for the sign for "Assateague Explorer," so you know you are at the right place. Free parking & restroom at harbor.

To get here: Take Rt.175 East to Chincoteague Island. After going over the last bridge onto Chincoteague, turn right at light on Main Street. Drive 3 mile to the end of South Main Street where you will see a sign for "Curtis Merritt Harbor" Turn left to enter harbor and drive to the left side of harbor. Pass restroom/harbor master's office and boat slip #43 is at the end of the first pier. Look for boats with "Assateague Explorer" sign. We recommend arriving approx. 15-20 min. before your scheduled departure time. Free parking and restroom.

Kayak tour departs from: Chincoteague Island, VA at East Side Boat Ramp located on East Side Road between Creekside Harbor Condo and Chincoteague shellfish (7564 East Side Road). Assateague Explorer's kayak tour guide will meet you at the boat ramp with kayaks and gear. Please arrive approx. 15 min. before your scheduled tour time. (Be sure to call first for reservations.)

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Kayaking: April - October
Cruises: May 10 - September 30, 2014
(7 days a week. Call for off season availability.)
Advanced reservations are recommended.

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