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Chincoteague: Lighthouses, Wild Ponies and Pirates

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Program #2005ENZ
6 Days | 5 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Serene and unspoiled, the small island of Chincoteague is home to exceptional human and natural history. Take a field trip to the iconic Assateague Lighthouse. See the lighthouse's rare Fresnel lens and Island treasures at the Museum of Chincoteague Island. Led by a local “saltwater cowboy” learn about the island’s famous ponies, memorialized in Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague,” which still run wild. Understand the fragility of life on a barrier island and the resilience of the people who live here as we delve into pirate legends and lore on the beach at Assateague and hear astounding stories of the U.S. Lifesaving Service that began in 1874.


• On Assateague Island, walk the longest undeveloped beach in the mid-Atlantic with an expert on dune ecology.
• Explore restricted sections of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in search of ponies, Sika elk, deer, waterfowl and more.
• Enjoy an evening with musicians who teach you sea chants and traditional Celtic music.

Program Notes

You may be interested in a three-night version of this program (#10545).
Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.

Activity Notes

Walking less than a mile per day. Climbing one flight of stairs daily when program is at the Rodeway Inn.

Date Notes
Comfortable motel conveniently located within walking distance of historic downtown Chincoteague and its restaurants and shops. Lightning, a Chincoteague pony makes the motel its home.10/5/2014
Waterfront resort. All rooms have sunset vistas over Chincoteague Bay. These program dates include hands-on aquaculture experiences in the island's seafood industry.11/2/2014
Comfortable motel conveniently located within walking distance of historic downtown Chincoteague and its restaurants and shops. Lightning, a Chincoteague pony often makes the motel its home.

Coordinated by Museum of Chincoteague Island.

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at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
6 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances


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