22170
Virginia

Wild Ponies & Rockets: Spring Break in Virginia With Your Family

During spring break with your family, discover the real-world setting of “Misty of Chincoteague” and explore the island habitats where wild ponies and other wildlife roam.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22170RJ
Length
5 days
Starts at
799 / ADULT
549 / CHILD

At a Glance

Chincoteague is a magical island, where herds of wild ponies run free, bottlenose dolphins play in quiet coves nearby and eagles soar over marshes teaming with marine critters — and a perfect location for a spring break adventure with your family! Chincoteague has fascinated children for generations, thanks to the island’s most famous resident in history: Misty the wild pony and the main character in a famous children’s book (and movie). Learn Misty’s story as you and your family visit her home, and get up close to the wild ponies of today. Visit restricted areas of the wildlife refuge on the island. Explore the back trails of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge on a leisurely paced bicycle ride. Plus, visit the NASA Visitor Center on Wallops Island to find out about the rockets that launch there!
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
We'll be walking up to a mile most days. One afternoon activity is a bike ride in the refuge of about 6 miles over mostly flat terrain, and those who choose to participate should have an appropriate level of biking experience, competence and skills.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the Beebe Ranch, once home to Misty, the iconic Chincoteague pony, and spend time with a “Saltwater Cowboy” firefighter to learn how the wild ponies have survived.
  • Get close to wild ponies, bald eagles, terrapin, deer, elk and animals as your group leaders brings you to exclusive spots in the wildlife refuge that nobody else gets to see and normally are restricted.
  • Ride the island waters by pontoon boat to watch for porpoises, and hear pirate lore as you sail past Assateague Lighthouse.

General Notes

This is a program for kids 7 and up, accompanied by any family adults. For a program only for grandparents and grandchildren, check out "Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure With Your Grandchild" (#18685).
Featured Expert
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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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Beth Scheeley
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Chip Lewis
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Jenny Somers
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