Assateague wild ponies - Discover hidden Assateague where they live.
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Discover Assateague Ponies
Assateague Explorer's captain is a Chincoteague Island native that can take you to Assateague's hidden areas!

Pony Express Nature Cruise
Cruise along Assateague where wild ponies live
When you are on Assateague Explorer's Pony Express Nature Cruise, you visit the areas where you have the greatest chance of seeing wild ponies on your vacation. Departs from the Assateague Nature Centre, the closest dock to Assateague with the best access along the refuge. No need to sail from the other side of Chincoteague or rough inlet; we are next to Assateague in its sheltered waters. Spend more time exploring Assateague Island's wildlife refuge where wild ponies live. Assateague Ponies are unique and have lived in solitude over 400 years. Different bands of horses are dispersed along the island. We see bald eagles almost every day. Dolphins love the area also.
 

Over 300 wild ponies live along 40,000 acres of Assateague Island and often, few of these wild ponies can be seen from the road by visitors on vacation. Assateague's main road has miles of fence placed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which keeps the wild ponies far back in their natural habitat. The pony watching cruise takes you to Assateague's most beautiful areas where over 150 wild ponies live. Assateague Island is an unspoiled vast ecosystem of forests, wetlands, beaches and calm waterways. Check out the tour photos & videos YouTube.

 
The only way to see hidden Assateague

Assateague wild ponies thrive along Assateague's extensive 37 mile tranquil Western shoreline of bays, secluded creeks and pine forests. Assateague ponies are found feeding on salt marsh cordgrass and this grass attracts them to many shoreline areas along Assateague Island where we find bands of wild horses.

Wild horses & wildlife can appear at any time. Our dock is close to Assateague, so we spend our time in the most productive areas along the refuge. The Assateague Nature Centre location allows us to constantly monitor the wild horses' activity along Assateague's shoreline. Your captain is a Chincoteague Island native and former Park Ranger with extensive knowledge of the area and Assateague's Wild Ponies. He has taken thousands of visitors to Assateague Island's remote places to experience what people were not able to see before. Visitors in the past could not reach these secluded regions which encompass most of Assateague. The wild ponies and their young are seen close up on a daily basis. Visitors say it's the highlight of their vacation.

 
Assateague Explorer tour boat
40ft twin engine Coast Guard certified vessel "Misty" with restroom.
USCG Inspected Vessel
Assateague Explorer's boats are Coast Guard certified "Inspected Vessels". If you don't see this COI sticker on a boat, it's not a "Certified" Vessel. Coast Guard Certified vessels undergo stability tests, periodic inspections at various phases of construction, and annual safety inspections by the coast guard each year. Very few tour vessels in this area are Coast Guard certified. Typical ones here are "Uninspected Vessels" and visitors are unaware those boats only comply with minimal federal standards for safety.
Pony Express Nature Cruise departs from Chincoteague Island, Virginia (be sure to call ahead for reservations). Our Assateague Nature Centre dock is on the sheltered waters overlooking Assateague, the most convenient, safe place to depart from. The Assateague Lighthouse is right in front of our dock and just one of many places wild horses are found. Enjoy shore birds and usually bald eagles along the way. Dolphin are seen up close during various times of the Summer. Assateague wild ponies have roamed these hidden areas of this 37 mile island since the 1600's and you will enjoy the experience of being a part of this unique environment in Virginia.
Time:
Departs daily at 10:30am, 1:30pm & 7:00pm*
• Tour duration approx. 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Package discounts: Add sunset cruise, kayak tour or kayak rental and get 10% off second one.
Daily tour to see wild ponies & wildlife operates 7 days a week May 10th - Oct. 5th.
Off season cruise available.
The schedule is subject to change. *See 7:00pm departures.
Price:
Adults $43 tax free
Children ages 3-11 receive a $10 discount
Children under 3 are free
 
Reservations:
Call (757) 336-5956 or 1-866-PONY SWIM (toll free).
An advanced reservation is highly recommended.

Cruise departs from the Assateague Nature Centre 7512 East Side Rd., Chincoteague Island, VA. Our dock is the best location, close to Assateague. The Assateague Explorer crew will meet you at our dock approx. 20 minutes early. (Be sure to reserve online or call now for reservations.) Driving Directions

 
• Private charter, group, cruise & kayak packages available.
 
Nature Cruise, Kayaking Tour & Kayak Rental:
Bird Watching Cruise
Sunset Wildlife Cruise
Kayak Tour
Kayak Rental
 
 
Let us take you to Assateague's best places
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Enjoy more time along Assateague and less time getting there.
We take you where wild ponies live!
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You can also reserve the Sunset Cruise, Kayaking Tour or Kayak Rental to experience more herds of wild ponies & wildlife during your Virginia vacation to Chincoteague & Assateague Island. Chincoteague & Assateague's top visitor attraction
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