Chincoteague and Assateague
Across the Chesapeake Bay, the slender peninsula known as Coastal Virginia's Eastern Shore offers a chance to experience Chincoteague, a place best known in children's literature. Delve into the world of the little pony that has captured imaginations for half a century through the book, Misty of Chincoteague. Learn all about it at the Chincoteague Pony Center.
On Assateague Island, you can go in search of the famous ponies on foot, by bike or on a guided bus tour. Kids might want to try crabbing in the inlet, too! No visit is complete without a trek up the 1867 Assateague Lighthouse.
Parksley and Accomac
Keep going south and take a sidewalk tour of Accomac, the village that has more restored colonial architecture than anywhere in the United States, except for Colonial Williamsburg.
Onancock and Tangier
Hop aboard a ferry for a cruise to Tangier Island. This small island situated in the Chesapeake Bay is a quiet family getaway. Notice a hint of an Elizabethan accent as you talk with the residents, and chat with the island's teenagers about their experiences growing up on the island. Get your fill of fresh crab and fish. Here, bikes and golf carts are the primary mode of transportation.
Continuing south, Cape Charles has the only public bayside beach on the Eastern Shore. It's also the perfect place to get your feet wet with kiteboarding, a fun sport for big kids and their parents. For dining, check out The Shanty, a cool place with a somewhat industrial feel that relies heavily on locally available ingredients. Even the beer menu is Virginia flavored.
Kiptopeke State Park and the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge are the place for birding and wildlife enthusiasts. Get involved with interactive exhibits, foot trails, and a bird blind for spotting and photographing the migratory waterfowl. Unique to Kiptopeke are the yurts, a fun accommodation for a family.