Chincoteague Adventures in October

October 2, 2023 | All Posts, news

Fall is here, and we are excited to share all the island has to offer in the cooler months with you! Chincoteague Island is full of adventurous locations to keep you busy. Some say this time of year is when the magic truly happens in the island as visitors and islanders alike watch the seasons change by the bay.  Here are some of our favorites:

History by the Water

Mariner’s Point provides a gorgeous view of the water. (Click here to view the webcam!) The Waterman’s Memorial at Mariner’s Point honors local watermen and military servicemen who were lost at sea. Due to its elevation, this area offers views of the surrounding islands, Tom’s Cove, and even the Atlantic Ocean. Located at the end of Curtis Merritt Harbor, there are prime launching ramps nearby as well as a fishing pier. If you are interested in launching your own boat, please visit the town office to pick up the required launch permit. 

The Museum of Chincoteague will be open on Tuesday- Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the month of October. Among their many upcoming events this fall, they will host Virginia Underwater Archaeology: Submerged History Throughout the Commonwealth on Thursday, October 12 at 6 p.m. Brendan Burke, Shipwreck Underwater Archaeologist, will offer updates on his research including the Chesapeake Bay Region. Admission is $7 for adults and free for children 12 and under, active duty military and their family, and museum members. Call 757-336-6117 to reserve your seat. 

Shop Local

The Chincoteague Island Farmers and Artisans Market will be open on Saturdays through October 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy live music and cooler temperatures as you peruse paintings, knitted crafts, decoys, handmade soaps, and more! The market offers a variety of produce and food from local farms to snack on throughout your stay. Stop by Amarin Coffee for your morning coffee and a pastry before you begin your shopping fun to stay warm and energized for the day ahead!

Visit the Island Community House on October 13 from 5-7 pm. On Chincoteague Island’s Second Friday, the downtown streets will come alive once again as visitors and islanders alike support local businesses. The Island Community House will feature artists across disciplines and offer a cash bar, light appetizers, and music. 

Wildlife, Dinner, and Ponies

Autumn is the prime season for birdwatching on the island. During these months, many waterfowl visit the island as part of their migratory path. Many local businesses, including the Museum of Chincoteague Island, have the perfect view of this event. We encourage you to try lunch or dinner by the water to enjoy this special occasion. Ropewalk offers spectacular views of the bay, where you are likely to see the drama of nature and breathtaking sunsets. AJ’s on the Creek offers a relaxing waterside dining experience–occasionally accompanied by musical performances! Keep your phone charged for photos because these are memories you will treasure for a lifetime. 

Interested in learning more about the Chincoteague Pony Drill Team? Join them for the third and final part of their 2023 horse show series on October 14 at 10 a.m. They offer classes at $6 each or a flat price of $50 for one person to ride one horse all day. These classes are perfect for the beginner, the advanced rider, and everyone in between. To learn more, please call 757-894-5168. 


Ready to book your next adventure? Call us today at 757-336-5511 to take advantage of great fall rates. We’d love to have you stay with us for the best time of the year!

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7058 Maddox Blvd.

Chincoteague, VA 23336


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