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Assateague Island National Seashore
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Ponies, ponies, ponies
Sep 12, 2014 by: Donna S from Pennsauken, New Jersey
Stopped by the beach for a while great for walking. But the big draw was the wild ponies. They came right up to the car. But don't be fooled, they are wild.
One of a kind experience...
Sep 12, 2014 by: Carrie K from Cleveland, Ohio
This is the only island I know of where you can find wild ponies roaming freely. As a beach lover and horse lover, Assateague's amazing. The beaches are some of the most pristine and beautiful I've ever seen anywhere. I've been here several times throughout the years and always enjoy this place. It was terribly crowded around the Labor Day weekend so it wasn't as nice as usual, but when it's less busy, it's a wonderful, magical place to be. The ponies go wherever they want so you can't predict when or if you'll see them, but when I was there there were ponies walking along the road, in the parking lot and getting a drink near the shower area by the restrooms. Just keep a distance from them and don't touch them, but they seem pretty accustomed to being around lots of people. People have got bitten, so as gentle as most of them seem, don't take your chances. Not to mention there's a $100 fine for touching them. The ponies do wander near the roads and cross, so be careful to drive slowly when you're coming and going. I've seen deer and other wildlife crossing the road as well. There's not always a lifeguard on the beach, so be careful in the water. It's a great place to go for the beach, getting sun, picnics and photographing the ponies and other wildlife/nature/scenery. There's a gift shop, Hershey's ice cream shop and restrooms/showers. I'm guessing some of these are just open seasonally. I always try to include a trip to this lovely island on my vacations in Ocean City.
Sep 10, 2014 by: Cathie H from Blue Point, New York
Assateague is a beautiful island. The. horses are magical. We had our dog and the beach is very dog friendly. I can't wait to go back.
Wonderful spot to experience nature, but not on a hot day!
Sep 10, 2014 by: Rita23890 from Virginia Beach, Virginia
Toured Assateague Island National Seashore in June - picked a really warm day - should I go back, and I might, lots of fun nature photo ops - I would try to pick a cool spring or fall day.
Sep 10, 2014 by: lori7408 from Fairmont, West Virginia
On a recent visit to Ocean City, MD we drove out to Assateague Island. It was not a disappointment! We saw a lot of the wild horses roaming around the beach area. They are beautiful! You don't want to get too close to them as they are wild, and they will walk wherever and whenever they feel! The sandy beach is beautiful there. I never realized this place was there until this year! It is a definite must to visit if you are in that area!
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