Misty and the Chincoteague Island Ponies: A Family Adventure
Discover the real-world setting of Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague” with your family and explore the island habitats where wild ponies roam with other wildlife.
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Program No. 22788RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Prepare for an adventure with your family on Chincoteague Island, the setting of the beloved children's classic “Misty of Chincoteague.” Visit other settings in town that inspired the book and movie, and then watch the timeless movie of Misty of Chincoteague at the restored Island Theater where it premiered in 1962. Travel by bus, bike and boat as experts will guide you through the marshes, woods and unspoiled beach where the wild ponies still roam and learn the about the forces that shape the a barrier island ecosystem. Cruise island waters, and look for waterfowl and other marine wildlife. Visit NASA’s Visitor Center at Wallops Island to learn about NASA space programs and the different types of rockets launched there.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-half mile on level ground. Short, 5 mile bike ride over flat terrain on one afternoon.
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 Misty’s home at Beebe Ranch with your children and grandchildren to see the stable where she lived and hear from a Beebe family member about growing up on the ranch.
  • Experience wild Chincoteague ponies and wildlife up close, visiting areas of the wildlife refuge normally closed to the public.
  • Explore the islands’ ecology on a learning cruise and on a mud mucking excursion to the mashes and cove with a National Park Service ranger.

General Notes

Program is for children ages 8 and up accompanied by family adults. For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren only, check out program #18685!
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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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