Photo courtesy Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.

Chincoteague Wins Spot on List of Best Small Towns

A survey of 3,000 families from across the U.S. reveals something that most of us in Chesapeake Country already knew: Chincoteague, Virginia, is one of the best small towns in the country to visit.

Family Destinations Guide features reviews of hotels, resorts, destinations, and attractions for families with children of all ages, plus planning tips for your next adventure. The website recently announced the results of its poll to find the 150 best small towns in the U.S. and Chincoteague ranked number 7.

“Chincoteague is a charming seashore town, the Virginia side of Assateague Island where wild ponies roam and breathtaking sunsets over the island await.”

“We are world renowned for our 97-year history of the wild pony roundup, swim, and auction,” says Evelyn Shotwell, executive director of the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. “Families love our pristine beaches; miles of nature trails; waterways to explore by kayak, paddleboard, or chartered cruise; fishing; crabbing; and birding.”

Chincoteague Island is a short drive, walk or bike ride to Assateague Island, home of the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and Assateague Island National Seashore. 

Photo courtesy Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce.

Shotwell says that there are lots of attractions in town for visitors to enjoy. “Family friendly entertainment such as mini golf, high ropes course, go karts, and varied outdoor activities offer adventures for all ages. Quirky food trucks, ice cream parlors, candy shops, and fine dining establishments satisfy all appetites.”

Head to the island May 6 for the 53rd annual Chincoteague Seafood Festival, an Eastern Shore tradition since 1968 (10am-4pm). The festival offers fresh, local seafood and includes signature dishes from local restaurants as well as old and new Eastern Shore favorites prepared by famous festival cooks, volunteers, and professionals. Indulge on little neck clams, a long-time festival staple, along with raw oysters and clams, clam fritters, single fried oysters, fried fish, crab cheddar jalapeno poppers, steamed shrimp, clam chowder and more. Non-alcoholic beverages are included in the ticket price; beer available for purchase. Live music and an Arts and Crafts tent featuring handmade creations from area artisans will keep guests entertained.

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