Misty and the Wild Ponies of Chincoteague With Your Grandchild
Alongside your grandchild, discover the real-world setting of Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague,” joining local experts to explore the island habitats where wild ponies roam!
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Program No. 18685RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Share a magical adventure with your grandchild at the Museum of Chincoteague Island, setting of the beloved children's classic “Misty of Chincoteague.” Relive the real-life dream of siblings Maureen and Paul Beebe, who worked so hard to buy the pony they loved. Follow local experts into the marshes, woods and unspoiled beach where the ponies still roam, as well as other settings in town associated with the inspiring book and movie. Go clamming with a local waterman to learn how aquaculture is changing the seafood industry, feel the sea breeze on Assateague and capture a feeling of life as it was in a simpler time.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half mile on level ground.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • While visiting the Beebe Ranch—Misty the Chincoteague Pony’s former home—enjoy tales of the pony roundup, which is much the same now as it was when Misty the Chincoteague Pony was a young foal.
  • Cruise the waters of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands learning about ancient sea creatures—still thriving today—and the local pirate lore, including tales of buried treasure.
  • Explore restricted wildlife refuge areas and come close to wild ponies, bald eagles, terrapin, deer and elk.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8-12. For a comparable family adventure for all generations, check out program #22788!
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Jenny Somers
Jenny Somers is a native of Chincoteague Island, able to trace her family line back to the original settlers on the island in the 1600's. Jenny's father and generations before him have worked on the water; thus, Jenny grew up with a knowledge of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands that few can match. An architect by trade, she’s worked on Assateague Island as an interpreter for over thirty years. Her knowledge and love of wildlife has led her to be a passionate falconer and bander.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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