Posted on 12/13/2023

5 Reasons to Visit Chincoteague This Off Season

Chincoteague, VA is renowned for its lively summer atmosphere, but the off-season has its own unique charm and a treasure trove of activities to offer. As the summer crowds dissipate, Chincoteague takes on a more relaxed vibe, making it an ideal time for your family’s visit. In this guide, we’ll explore the best off-season activities that Chincoteague Island has to offer!

Scavenger Hunts

Chincoteague hosts two wildly popular annual scavenger hunts, Death By Chocolate and Search for the Shamrocks. Participating shops around the island will have clues that will help you solve your riddle and be entered to win amazing prizes. Fun for the entire family with everything from sweets to adult beverages, these FREE events help ensure that no matter what time of year you visit, there is always something going on in town!

The off season is the perfect time for beachcombing Chincoteague’s sandy shores. With fewer people surveying the beach, you’ll be able to collect seashells, sea glass, and other unique treasures washed up by the waves. The crisp sea breeze and the sound of the waves make for a tranquil and rejuvenating experience as you stroll along the shore.


Rent a bike or bring your own and explore Chincoteague in a new, unique way! The scenic views around the island offer breathtaking sunrises and sunsets and an abundance of wildlife including migratory birds and our famous wild ponies. Bring your camera along on your ride to capture some of the beautiful sights you’ll come across!

Local Dining

Off-season is the perfect time to savor the local culinary delights. Many restaurants offer special off-season menus and items, allowing you to explore Chincoteague’s diverse dining scene without having to wait in long lines!

Other Events

Stay tuned to our Events Page and Facebook Page for more information on upcoming events on the island! The Island Theatre hosts movies, concerts, and more at their performing arts center. Island Roots hosts craft nights that are TONS of fun. And we’d be remiss not to mention events such as the Pony Island Horseshoe Drop on New Year’s Eve! Our Events and Facebook Pages will make sure you’re always up to date on what’s happening on Chincoteague!

The off-season in Chincoteague provides a serene and peaceful backdrop for a memorable family getaway. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a quiet escape, Chincoteague has something to offer all year round. Embrace the charm of the off-season and make the most of your visit to this coastal gem.

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