Spring on the Shore
The Eastern Shore: a world apart, yet just a short drive away
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Onancock is also where you can catch a ferry out to Tangier Island, where cars are not allowed and the only way to get there is by boat or small plane. Once on the island, there are plenty of rental opportunities for bicycles or golf carts to effectively get around. Along your journey you’ll find the Tangier History Museum, in addition to a number of waterside restaurants and a few comfortable places to lay your head at night.
Located out in the Chesapeake Bay, there are plenty of opportunities for seeing the world from the water’s perspective, including historic and educational water tours, crab shanty tours, sunset tours and, of course, charter fishing.
Chincoteague and Assateague Island
Just before you get to the Maryland border, you’ll find a turnoff that takes you past NASA Wallops Flight Facility and NASA Wallops Visitor Center on your way to Chincoteague Island. Home of the annual wild pony roundup each summer, Chincoteague is a great place to visit any season, especially if you want to spend time on one of the best beaches on the East Coast—Assateague Island. Visit the Assateague Light (a 142-foot-tall lighthouse), look for wild ponies, take a bike tour or just kick back and relax. Then come back to Chincoteague for some delicious seafood and some fun shopping opportunities.
Known as the “Little City by the Sea” and “Flounder Capital of the World,” this town of 250 residents shines with small town friendliness. Its setting along emerald green marshes is the scene stealer. Marinas provide an active charter fishing fleet, boat slip rentals, bait and tackle shop, boat and kayak rentals to explore the pristine barrier islands. If enjoying fresh seafood with amazing water views is your thing, look no further. Family fun can be had each summer at the nostalgic Wachapreague Fireman’s Carnival.
These are just a few of the main stops you can make on your journey across Virginia’s Eastern Shore. There are many other smaller towns with unique histories you won’t want to miss, so plan to spend some time getting to know this gem across the bay.