Chincoteague Island is home to beautiful beaches, famous wild ponies and breathtaking natural beauty, but there is so much to see and do in the local area beyond Chincoteague.
Here are a few great spots to check out when you want to venture off the island during your next stay at Chincoteague Island KOA.
The drive to this tiny seaside village is all a part of the experience. You see, Saxis isn't actually an island. It's connected to Virginia's Eastern Shore by Saxis Wildlife Management Area, a 5,500-acre network of marshland, forest and creeks, which you'll drive through to reach Saxis. Visit the Saxis Island Museum and learn more about this 350-year-old village. Drive down to the end of Saxis Road and walk out on the fishing pier for beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay. It's a bit like standing at the edge of the world. When you get hungry head to Captain E's Hurricane Grill for beautiful waterfront views, an outdoor dining area complete with sand and delicious crabby fries. Or stop by Martha's Kitchen for oyster fritters the size of your plate and sandwiches overflowing with soft crabs.
If you're traveling with kids, a visit to the Delmarva Discovery Center is a great day trip. If you run into a rainy day on vacation or somebody got sunburned and you need to stay indoors, a visit to this interactive museum will keep kids entertained for hours. Little ones are encouraged to touch, climb and explore the exhibits. That's right, no velvet ropes here. You can explore a life-sized riverboat, crawl through a beaver lodge and watch otters play. It's such a fun place they'll never ever know they're learning.
If you want to unleash your inner adventurer, take a flight with Virginia Hang Gliding. You'll be strapped into a hang glider in tandem with your pilot and an ultralight aircraft will tow you as high as 5,300 feet. You'll soar high above the fields and forests of Virginia's Eastern Shore. Enjoy beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean and cross an item off your bucket list.
This tiny island in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay isn't easy to get to, but your efforts will be rewarded. Drive 45 minutes south to the town of Onancock and hop on the Tangier-Onancock Ferry. After an hour ride, out of Onancock Creek and across the Chesapeake Bay, you'll be deposited dockside on Tangier. You'll find a tight-knit fishing community where the locals speak with a unique accent and there are almost no cars. If you want to learn a little something and hear that famous Tangier accent take a golf cart tour around the island with a local. Tangier has a long, rich history. The first permanent settlers arrived in 1686. You can learn more about the island's history at the Tangier History Museum.
Tangier also has a beautiful, secluded beach. It's a bit of a hike, but if you've ever wanted to feel like you were on a deserted island, it's worth it. You can access the beach from 16798 Hog Ridge Road.
When you visit Tangier it quickly becomes obvious that most people earn their living on the water. Crabs, especially soft crabs, are the primary money maker and you'll find them on menus at the handful of island restaurants. You can't go wrong with a crab cake and a cup of crab soup at any of the island's eateries.
Just across the causeway from Chincoteague Island, this museum covers the past, present and future of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Their informative exhibits are fun for the whole family and every Saturday, they have special programs that are sure to spark your kid's interest in science. They can launch water bottle rockets, learn through hands-on science activities and hear more about what's going on at Wallops.
Chincoteague Island KOA and the island itself have so much to see and do, but sometimes you need a change of scenery and the local community surrounding Chincoteague has so much to offer. Keep these fun local attractions in mind the next time you visit Chincoteague Island KOA.
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