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Assateague Island National Seashore
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Favorite Place to go to the beach
Feb 09, 2014 by: samjanetrip from Utah
My husband and I went here on a recommendation from a friend to see the ponies. A year membership is only $30, and SO worth it. We've been back many times. The island is so versitile. We've been crabbing, and swimming in the ocean, all within like a 10 minute walk from each other on each side of the island. They also have crabbing and clamming classes that you can do for free. Be careful of leaving food out if you camp here, the horses are known for kicking open coolers, and know a bag of marshmellows when they see one.
Assateague Island National Seashore
Feb 09, 2014 by: Len D from Morton, Pennsylvania
Last Summer we camped at Assateague Island National Seashore. The Staff and facility's were absolutely outstanding. Our only problem was with one other Camper that Belly Ached about everything. The Rangers, The Campground Host, The Traffic, the people to the right of him, the people to the left of him, us. I know its impossible to screen people like this BUT......
Great for kids that love ponies
Jan 31, 2014 by: GNRMatt from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Assateague Island, about a 20 minute drive from Ocean City, Maryland, is a great place to go hiking, pony watching, and there are even a few public beaches to relax and take in the sun and surf. Wild ponies roam free on Assateague Island, and there are plenty of opportunities to see the ponies in their natural habitat. Stop by the visitors center and pick up a map of the island and make a plan for your pony spotting excursion. We began heading to the Old Ferry Landing, where the marshes were suggested as a popular spot for the ponies. Keep a look out in the distance and along the shoreline for the ponies. From there, we headed to Bayside nature trail, which is mostly boardwalk with some dirt trail. The trail leads you out to a marshy area, again, a good place to see ponies, and, along the way, keep an eye out for other critters (we saw a snake!). Lastly, we headed out to South Ocean Beach, where you can set up beach towels and chairs and relax in the sun. We didn't see ponies here, however, we were told this is a good place to see them early in the morning, before the crowds get there, and in the evening, after the beach goers have left for the day. We also saw ponies as we were driving around the island. The ponies will cross the streets, or hang out by the side of the road. Many times, you'll see a volunteer near by that will "guard" the ponies, keeping visitors at a distance so no one gets hurt (including the wild ponies), as well as answer questions for you.
Where Civilization Begins
Nov 28, 2013 by: Tom058 from Myersville
I will start by framing where we come from, we always visit off peak season and never camp here, we prefer the hot showers and flush toilets at the adjourning State Park. That said we always visit Assateague Island National Seashore when in the area, usually every day. We spend our time walking the trails, the beach and photographing wild life. The Ranger led walks are always interesting. Many times there using something new to experience, for example after a recent storm an old shipwreck was revealed. The migrating water birds also change with the season. The new visitors center adds to the visit.
Just 8 miles south of Ocean City MD
Nov 26, 2013 by: MMandSM from Parma, Ohio
Step back in time and see the informative National Park Service visitor center to learn what you are about to witness. The rangers are great and will answer your park related questions. Do some research into the life, feeding, care and beginnings of these wild horses. Walk the beach and find some unusual shells. Its well worth the trip. Bring your camera and get a few images of the ponies. They are not shy at all, be careful. There are pictures of horse bites at the visitor center. Do not feed, hassle, or pet the wild animals, $100. fine + you or your children may get hurt. Think first.
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