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 with local experts, and explore the island habitats where wild ponies roam.
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Program No. 22788RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Share a magical adventure with your family on Chincoteague Island, setting of the beloved children's classic “Misty of Chincoteague.” With the Museum 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 and other settings in town that inspired the book and movie. Watch the movie of Misty of Chincoteague at the Island Theater where it premiered, and see a show performed by the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team featuring some of Misty’s family members.
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.
  • Feel the island sea breeze on an afternoon bicycle exploration of Assateague Island with experts on the refuge environment.
  • Explore the islands’ ecology on a learning cruise, visits to refuge areas and on a fishing or mud mucking excursion with a National Park Service ranger.

General Notes

Program is for grandchildren ages 8 and up. For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, 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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