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Relax and enjoy a beautiful sunset with the wild ponies.
Wild pony watching cruises take you to see many herds of wild ponies in remote areas along Assateague Island!
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Original Wild Pony Wildlife Cruise & Kayaking
Discover hidden Assateague on the Wild Pony Watching wildlife cruise or kayaking. Departs from the Assateague Nature Centre in Chincoteague, Virginia. The closest dock to Assateague; lighthouse view & best access.

2014 Season
Cruises: 5/10 - 9/30 Kayaking: April - Oct
Off season cruise available

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40ft. tour boat with native captain & crew. Awesome kayaking with wild horses. You will learn about wild ponies and their behavior as you explore Assateague's beauty and solitude. Wild horses, dolphins and majestic bald eagles go by the Assateague Lighthouse right in front of our dock. Travel to nature's spectacular settings. Explore Assateague Island's wildlife refuge where wild ponies live.

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Embark on an exciting journey of discovery as you witness diverse wildlife, marine life & breathtaking scenery. Cruise along the islands on the Coast Guard certified vessel "Misty".

You can come close to nature's most awesome herds of wild horses in many remote areas where they have lived for hundreds of years along miles of Assateague Island. Get your best view of Assateague's lighthouse and have a great chance of seeing bald eagles, dolphins & other wildlife along miles of the refuge. Experience wild horses and all Assateague Island has to offer. Visitors to Chincoteague and Assateague that do the boat & kayaking say: "This was the highlight of our vacation, boat was certified for enough capacity so our family could stay together, top quality kayaks & close location."

 
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Let us show you the real Assateague. Assateague visitors often drive to the island and say "Where are the wild ponies?" Assateague Island National Seashore has miles of fence along the roadways to keep wild horses away from the roads and back in their natural habitat. About 95% of the wild ponies are found far away from the roads. The pony sighting trip takes you where wild ponies live.

The Assateague Nature Centre dock is the closest to Assateague with the best access to the many herds of wild horses and wildlife. It is the most convenient, safe and sheltered location by Assateague. Spend more time along Assateague and less time getting there.

Assateague Island has an array of remote areas where we consistently watch wild ponies. The Pony Express Nature Cruise makes seeing wild ponies easy. A fun family vacation in Virginia and most recommened way to explore Assateague. The Assateague boat tour operates May 10th - Sept 30th; kayaking April - Oct. Off season cruise is also available.

The Assateague Nature Centre dock has the closest access to the "Northern" & "Southern" herds of wild horses in Virginia and is located beside Assateague's calm western shoreline. Enjoy birding and dolphin watching along Assateague's calm back waters. Travel to the best areas on the informative boat excursion. We also have kayaking tours & kayak rentals here at the Assateague Nature Centre, "the best location" with a great view of the Lighthouse.

Assateague Kayak Trip

Navigate your way to a fascinating vacation. Your boat captain is a former Park Ranger for the National Park Service, has worked for the Park Service at Assateague Island and is a native of Chincoteague Island. His grandfather had a starring role in the movie "Misty" of Chincoteague and his parents were classmates of the two children that the book "Misty of Chincoteague" was written about. His grandfather's horse also played "The Phantom" in the movie "Misty". Captain Mark takes you to the remote areas of Assateague where his great-great grandparents once lived. Your Captain's family has been in this area for hundreds of years. He is the best at getting you into Assateague's secluded areas where wild ponies and other wildlife live. He started working as a boat captain here in 1986 and has taken more visitors to see Assateague's wild ponies and wildlife than anyone. His local knowledge includes over 30 years of coastal exploration along Assateague & Chincoteague Island - pony watching, birding and commercial fishing. Wild horses are wild with no guarantee schedule, but this is the best possible way to see the wild horses in these areas. Herds move around good anytime of day.

Our native captain can get you there!Wild ponies, bald eagles, falcons, osprey, shore birds, dolphins, sting rays and much more exist among the incredible maze of inlets, islands, coves, bays and peninsulas. Extraordinary bird watching occurs during each summer here in Virginia. Miles of pristine waterways exist to explore during your vacation and Assateague Explorer gets you there.

Cruise on one of our Coast Guard inspected passenger vessels, equipped with restroom and certified for enough capacity so families stay together. Jump in our premium kayaks here at the Assateague Nature Centre. Our dock on Chincoteague's east side is the closest to Assateague Island on its sheltered waterway. We do not have to sail from the other side of the island to get here, we spend our time along Assateague's refuge. Assateague Explorer's newest tour boat is 40ft with twin engines, ideally suited for Chincoteague and Assateague's environment. Since 2001, visitors have enjoyed our thrilling adventure. It's the way to fully appreciate the beauty of Assateague.

Join us as we search for wild horses and other wildlife. Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise with the ponies and dolphins. The Assateague Nature Centre's senic location on Chincoteague Island opens the door to navigate along Assateague. The lighthouse is in front of our dock. Explore Assateague Island's unspoiled beauty, solitude and natural attractions aboard Assateague Explorer's "Misty" or by kayaking. Enjoy an awesome family travel destination in Virginia.

Assateague Explorer is dedicated to the preservation of Assateague Island National Seashore and to providing educational and recreational access to these treasures.

 
 
 
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Schedule:
Pony Express Nature Cruise : 10:30am, 1:30pm & 7:00pm* (varies during season)
Sunset Wildlife Cruise : 7:00pm* (varies during season)
Bird Watching Cruise : 10:30am, 1:30pm & 7:00pm* (varies during season)
Kayak Tour : 8:30am,1:30am & 6:00pm* (varies during season)
Kayak Rentals : Call to reserve
> Reserve online or call for reservations. An advanced reservation is highly recommended.
> Cruise: 5/10-9/30 (Off season cruise available), Kayak Tour: April - Oct, Kayak Rentals: 5/10-10/13. 7 days a week.
> The schedule is subject to change. *See 7pm departures.
> Boat Tour duration: approx. 1 1/2 to 2 hours
> Kayak Tour duration: Morning/Afternoon approx. 3 hrs, Full Day approx. 7 hrs, Sunset approx. 2 hrs
> If you have a large group, we have group discounts for the Pony Express Nature Tour, bird watching tours, Kayaking Tours & Kayak Rentals. We have free waterfront parking here at the Assateague Nature Centre.
Price:
Boat Tour: $43.00 tax free (Pony Express / Sunset Wildlife / Birding Cruises)
Kayak Tour: Morning/Afternoon $55, Full Day $95, Sunset $45 tax free
Children ages 3-11 receive a $10 discount.
Children under 3 are free.
Kayak Rentals: Single 1/2 Day $39, Full Day $49; Tandem 1/2 Day $55, Full Day $65 plus tax
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