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Fun for Kids on Chincoteague Island
Summer vacations are something every kid looks forward to and remembers for the rest of their life. So, no pressure, but if you're picking a vacation spot for your family, the stakes are high.
Luckily, you can't go wrong at Chincoteague Island KOA. The campground itself is packed with fun activities for kids including a waterpark, a playground and a schedule full of fun activities, but Chincoteague Island has amenities that will keep your kids entertained for days!
Treat your kids to a few of these fun activities the next time you stay at Chincoteague Island KOA.
Splash and slide the day away at Maui Jack's! They've got three totally tubular body slides, twin racing slides, a lazy river and a splash pad just for kids. While the kids play grownups can kick back in a cabana with a cocktail from Keko's Bar and Grill.
Assateague Island National Seashore
This is one of only 10 National Seashores in all of America and it is a must visit. You can stretch out in the sand and soak up the sun, do a little surfing or skimboarding, or go for a swim or walk for miles down pristine shorelines. Stop by Tom's Cove Visitor's Center and learn more about the island.
Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge
There's so much to see and do in this park! You can hike or bike the network of trails, climb to the top of the lighthouse, search for the Chincoteague Ponies, explore off the beaten path parts of the park on a Refuge Trek or stop by the visitor's center to learn more about the Chincoteague ponies, the park and Chincoteague's ecology.
Kids will stay entertained for hours at this amusement park. They can ride the bumper boats, play in the arcade, scale the climbing wall and race go-carts and the whole family can play a round of mini golf.
NASA's Wallops Flight Facility
Just across the causeway from Chincoteague, NASA launches sounding rockets and missions to resupply the International Space Station. You can learn about these missions and the history of NASA's Wallops Flight Facility at the station's visitor center. Don't miss their Saturday programs! Each week they have special activities like model rocket launches, presentations and hands-on activities.
The most famous Chincoteague residents are the wild Chincoteague ponies. Their fame is due, in part, to the popular children's book "Misty of Chincoteague". You can see them for yourself during a visit to Chincoteague Island. There are lots of ways to spot the ponies, whether you hop on a boat tour or search for them in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge.
You can't have sunshine all the time and The Island Theater is the perfect place to hide out on a rainy day. This art deco theater plays new releases and classic films. Stop by for a matinee when the weather is bad or have a night at the movies after a day at the beach.
Enjoy a little friendly competition on the mini-golf course. There are two courses to choose from, an easy course and a hard course. You can play one or both!
This shop sells artwork and re-finished furniture, but they also have a craft corner where kids can unleash their creativity. So whether you need some rainy day fun or you want to keep your little one engaged during vacation, stop by and make something together.
Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruises
Is there anything better than hands-on learning when you're a kid? Captain Barry's boat tours teach guests of all ages about the environment surrounding Chincoteague in a way that is fun and exciting. Visitors to Captain Barry's floating classroom get to dig in the mud for sea creatures, pull up a crab pot, hunt for jellyfish and so much more!
Delmarva Discovery Center
Head about 20 minutes north to Maryland to this kid-friendly museum. You won't find velvet ropes here; these exhibits are interactive. Don't miss the adorable otters!
Just a short walk from Chincoteague Island KOA you'll find the footbridge that connects Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. It's is a great place to do a little crabbing. With a few basic supplies from a local hardware store or tackle shop, you can hook some tasty blue crabs.
A visit to Chincoteague Island is something your child won't soon forget. Check out a few of these spots during your next visit and you'll make their vacation even more magical.