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    07-18-2010, 01:07 PM
Ponies of Chincoteague- any suggestions for going?

I am going to take my daughter to the swim next year because she, my mother and I all loved the stories. Have any of you been? If so, what can you suggest for us to have fun? If we want to buy a pony, do we have to trailer it that day or can we ship? What time do we need to get to the ocean so that we have a good spot? Any good hotels? Other events?
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    07-18-2010, 02:38 PM
My family went to the pony swim 6 yrs ago. It was so much fun , we had a great time!
We stayed at the Ramada in Salisbury Maryland, (which was about an hour drive) and I remember we had to get up at 4 am to drive to Chincoteague. The earlier , the better because there were a lot of people that attend the pony swim.
My Mother , sister, brother and niece chose to watch from the one side and my husband , daughter(5 at the time) and I decided to walk through the swamp (mud up to our knees) to see the ponies up close and personal. It is a long wait, we waited for at least 5 hours to see the ponies swim. They have to wait for low tide so that the young foals can make it across safely. It was hot and the bugs were bad , make sure you spray with bug spray. The mosquitoes were the worst. Use sunscreen, Take lots of drinks, and snacks because you have to wait so long. There were no bathrooms close to the area that we were at though.
Here is a good website Chincoteague Pony Swim

After they round up the ponies , they parade them through the town to a firemans festival , it poured rain the rest of the day so we didnt stay for much of the festival and didnt see the auction so I don't know about that.
I always enjoyed reading the books as a child and now my daughter likes to read the books too.

I def would make reservations for a hotel ASAP as they fill up fast around the this time of year.
Hope this helps you some : )
    07-18-2010, 04:01 PM
Fantastic! I went to the website and it says boat tours are the best because you don't have to wait around.... I think I will reserve that too. What airport did you fly into?
    07-18-2010, 09:57 PM
I live into PA so we just drove to MD (spent the day at Ocean City) stayed at the hotel for the night then went to VA the next day.
Hmmm. As far as an airport....perhaps Dulles would be the closest ?Dulles International Airport
    07-18-2010, 10:10 PM
I would think BWI (Baltimore) would be MUCH closer than Dulles, with Reagan (DC) in the middle, but really only convenient by metro. I have never been, but I have heard the skeeters will 'bout carry you away!
    07-19-2010, 03:27 AM
Here's my suggestion: TAKE ME WITH YOU!

    07-19-2010, 03:38 AM
Yes you can come with us!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited. Making reservations for next year sometime this week.
    07-20-2010, 07:16 AM
Hello - we live about 20 minutes from the Assateague side (MD) of the island. The ponies are great and adorable. My recommendation is get there waaaay early. We've arrived at 5am and couldnt see a single horse in the water due to the crowd and boats in the water. Yes, they allow boats in the water around where the horses will swim. They end up blocking your view a lot.

On the street when they run them to the corrals, try to get on a curb. You should be able to see ok if you are on the curb. DO NOT stand in the road obviously. They are wild of course and run wild on the road.

Sun block is your friend :)

Umm oh and if you have time, make sure to head over to MD to Assateauge where they have a visitor center and check out the stuff there. Then head on to the island, there are usually ponies walking all over the place. Just don't pet them or they will fine you.
    07-20-2010, 02:41 PM
I went about 6 years ago too. It was awesome I got to be on the radio and stuff. I stayed at the campground across the river thing. The pony run was cool too. The run them down main st. And then auction them off the next day

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