The Island Manor of Chincoteague

So Many Fun Things To Do In Chincoteague

November 28th, 2020 by Corey A. Edwards

things to do in ChincoteagueYou know about the wild ponies and the annual Pony Swim but, after that’s all over … are there any other things to do in Chincoteague?

You bet there are!

From the expected, like hiking and beachcombing, to the unexpected, like watching NASA rocket launches. There’s always something fun going on in Chincoteague!

Chincoteague is Virginia’s only resort island. Located just south of the Maryland border on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, the island is within easy reach of all major cities on the mid-Atlantic seaboard.

Our small town offers a casual and friendly atmosphere that makes relaxing into your getaway as easy and soothing as a breeze on the beach. After you’ve settled into your guest room at Island Manor House, though, what’s next?

Great question! There are lots of things to do in Chincoteague and the surrounding area.

So Many Things To Do In Chincoteague

The location of our Chincoteague inn puts most of the best of the island within easy walking distance. In fact, Chincoteague prides itself in being a very walkable and bikeable island. We even have bikes, rucksacks, and beach gear you can use around the island during your stay.

Assateague LighthouseWaterfront Park, The Island Theater, shops, galleries, restaurants, boat rentals, and more are just down the street from the inn. The island is great for window shopping, dining, enjoying a drink, seeing a movie, and just plain decompressing.

Chincoteague serves as a gateway to the Virginia side of Assateague Island and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The area is virtually untouched, with miles of pristine beaches and nature trails to explore.

The 14,000-acre Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is home to two herds of wild Chincoteague ponies and lots of other wildlife.

One of the best ways to see the ponies, dolphins, eagles, and other wildlife is from the water, on a tour with a native boat captain. Chincoteague has a variety of reputable tour companies to choose from, like Saltwater Pony Tours, or Chincoteague Island Adventures, for example.

Historic Assateague Lighthouse, built in 1867, is on Assateague and one of the more popular things to do in Chincoteague. The red and white striped tower is open for tours on weekends, April through November.

Chincoteague’s colorful history is full of natives, shipwrecks, explorers, oysters, soldiers, and more. The Museum of Chincoteague is a great place to learn all about it. You can even see the actual Misty of Chincoteague and her foal, Stormy – in taxidermied form, of course.


NASA Rocket LaunchOne thing no one seems to expect is that you can watch NASA rocket launches from Chincoteague – but it is true!

NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility, one of the world’s oldest rocket launch sites, has a state-of-the-art visitors center just 10 minutes from our Chincoteague inn.

The NASA Visitor Center offers a number of fascinating exhibits and you can watch live NASA rocket launches from the facility. Perhaps even more convenient, you can also watch the launches at Waterfront Park, just down the road the inn!

And That’s Just For Starters

We’ve barely scratched the surface of all there is to see and do on the island and I haven’t even mentioned things like Black Narrows Brewing, Maui Jack’s Waterpark, or Libertino Lanes.

As long as relaxation and contentment are your goal, Chincoteague has a little something for everyone. Just let us know what it is that interests you and we’ll get you pointed in the right direction.

See you soon!