Place Category: Beach Towns
Assateague Island is a barrier island just off the coast of Maryland and extends to Virginia. It is an an undeveloped island and is a National Park and recreational area. Actvities such as fishing, crabbing, canoeing, birding watching, ecotourism, are abundant it this rich natural area.
The best way to see Assateague is not cooped up in a hotel but rather to get in touch with nature by camping at once of the many camping areas Assateague has to offer. Whether you rent an RV or a camper, or just go truly native with a tent,
you’ll be closer to the wildlife than you would have ever imagined. Various parks, depending on their location, have a lot of different animals to see. Parks closer to the woods will offer small forest creatures, as well as a wild deer or two. To see wild horses and other scruffy animals, go to a park near the barren landscape of Assateague. If you want to camp close enough to smell the salty ocean, choose a park there, where if you are lucky, you’ll awake to the sound of dolphins splashing and great herons cawing.
One of the most awe inspiring sights in the world is the great ocean, and even though it makes up 70% of our world, few people really get to see it and appreciate it. The ocean has that iconic salty smell to the air, and the animals you will get to see will make you truly appreciate the “great outdoors”. Sea gulls swoop down upon the fish, and sometimes the people! Dolphins jump up out of the water in the distance, and on the beach, it’s like an entire new world! Blue crabs, the most well known crab in Assateague, scurry across the shallow water. Kids can collect sea shells and fish scales in the sand, or even build a castle or two. The sunny atmosphere will allow adults to sit back and enjoy getting a tan.
Assateague is most well known for its wondrous animal life. On the rough barren landscape, you can see a variety of birds and small creatures, as well as wild horses roaming the land. Towards the ocean, you can see reptiles and lizards, basking in the sun, and marine animals swimming under waves of sea water. Each year these creatures migrate and make their home at Assateague, to be admired by both locals and tourists as well. Due to the large amount of animal life, many naturalists come to visit, snapping photos and doing research on the many animals Assateague has to offer.
If you want to visit Assateague, there are a few things you need to have before going. While the animals are beautiful, like other places, Assateague has its more unwelcome guests. Mosquitoes and biting flies are just a few of the insects you’ll run in to. As long as you bring along sunscreen, you’ll be fine! Since many people who visit Assateague will be outside, admiring the landscape, you can get sun burn fairly quickly. Be sure to pack sunscreen and other anti-sun repellent, especially for kids and people with pale skin. Don’t ruin your fun trip because you got sunburn! You may also want to bring a camcorder or camera. With all the beautiful things in Assateague, you are definitely going to want to remember it! Plus, a camera offers new ways to entertain the kids. If it’s a long car drive, let the kids take photos of signs and trees along the way. Once you arrive, keep them occupied by taking pictures of the wild horses, insects, or even the leaves and sea shells they find!
To get to Assateague Island MD. From Berlin MD take 376 East to 611 South. Cross the Verrazano Bridge to arrive at Assateague. From Ocean City MD take the route 50 Bridge west to West Ocean City. Make a left onto 611 South. From Annapolis and parts west take Route 50 East to West Ocean City, make a right onto 611 South. Take 611 South approximatly 8 Miles crossing the Verrazano Bridge across Sinepuxent Bay to Assateague.