When I was in second grade, my family took one of the only vacations we ever experienced as a family. For one week we explored Chincoteague, made famous for the Wild Ponies, and nearby Assateague Island National Seashore.
My memories from that trip were so wonderful that when I had children of my own, I dreamed of taking them to Chincoteague so they could somehow understand why it held such a special place in my heart. Of all the places in the US we’ve experienced, Assateague Island National Seashore and Chincoteague have always remained one of our all-time favorite places to visit.
From the roaming wild ponies, to the beachcombing along the sandy shore, to plentiful bird watching opportunities, and hiking the short trail to the lighthouse, Assateague Island is a nature lover’s dream.
At 142-feet-tall, the Assateague Lighthouse was built in 1867 to replace a shorter lighthouse. It is located in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. The lighthouse is open to the public and I’m sure the view from the top would be stunning. Unfortunately, we visited after hours but then, maybe that’s a good thing. It gives us a reason to visit Assateague Island National Seashore one more time.
Have you ever returned to a location that you vacationed as a child?