Eastern Shore Virginia

Chincoteague Island Chincoteague Island- This is the only publicly accessible beach between Ocean City, MD and Virginia Beach, VA and is right next to Assateague Island which is the home of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. This island is only 7 miles long and 3 miles wide but there are many things to do here. It is a great place for biking and walking. There is a nature trail that allows you to see wildlife in its natural habitat. Other activities include boating, fishing, and water-skiing. Boats, kayaks, and bikes are available to rent. You can also take a scenic boat cruise, a kayak tour, or charter a fishing boat. You can visit the Chincoteague Pony Centre, home of the oldest established breeder of Misty family ponies, visit the Delmarva Discovery Center which is a leading destination for hands-on discovery or go to the amusement park complete with go-karts, mini-golf and kiddie rides.

Arts Enter Cape Charles Historic Palace Theater - Alive with activities, classes and productions year-round. Check to see what is playing in the Theater or what other activities are going on.

Cape Charles Museum & Welcome Center - Dedicated to preserving and presenting to the public the history of Cape Charles and surrounding areas. It is the hope of the Cape Charles Historical Society that inspiration from the richness of its past will help guide Cape Charles' renewal and growth.

Museum of Chincoteague Island - Come explore Chincoteague's heritage. This heritage is not just for "born here" Chincoteaguers, but for all who hanker for the sea. Learn of the history, traditions, and people of the island.

Old Cape Henry Lighthouse - Silently guarding the entry way into the Chesapeake Bay. Standing near the spot where in 1607 Captain Newport raised a cross to offer thanks for their safe crossing of the Atlantic, the Lighthouse is opened to the public on a seasonal schedule.

The Chesapeake Planetarium - The first planetarium constructed in Virginia by a public school system. It was designed as a teaching aid for the school system, but has been made available to the general public as well.

Barrier Islands Center - Buildings showcase the culture, history, community, and ecology of Virginia's Barrier Islands and the peoples who made them their home: Native Americans, farmers, watermen, hunting and fishing guides, storekeepers, hoteliers, and the Lighthouse and Lifesaving Service among others.

The Chesapeake Bay Bridge - Offers bird watching, biking, walking trails, fishing, scenic views and more for a perfect relaxing day in Virginia.

Spider's Explorer - Since the early 1980's Captain Spider has been exploring the waterways of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. He and his crew feels blessed to be able to enjoy this area and to share it with others who come here to experience it first hand.

Chesapeake Arboretum - On the grounds of the farmhouse that serves as the Arboretum Headquarters building are a number of theme gardens, including fragrance and antique rose gardens, as well as several demonstration gardens.

Assateague Island National Seashore - Assateague's south entrance is a 1/4 mile east of Chincoteague, its north entrance is eight miles from Ocean City. Chincoteague and Ocean City are gateways to Assateague Island and provide vacation lodging for outdoor recreation, nature tours to see wild ponies and more.