Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure With Your Family

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.
Rating (5)
Program No. 22788RJ
6 days
Starts at
1,099 / ADULT
599 / 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. 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 Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, and explore the back trails on a leisurely paced bicycle ride. Play and swim at one of the longest undeveloped shorelines on the Atlantic coast, and meet park rangers as you collect marsh specimens. Plus, visit the NASA Visitor Center on Wallops Island to find out about the rockets that launch 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 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

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 "Misty of Chincoteague: An Island Adventure With Your Grandchild" (#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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Beth Scheeley
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