Summer Fun—Day 91: Take a day trip to Assateague Island

When a herd of wild ponies strolls along the surf, it’s not your typical beach day.

However, at Assateague Island, this is an everyday occurrence, and located just over two hours from Annapolis, it’s the perfect destination for a day trip to the beach.

The national park area of the island is good for camping and driving your car on the beach, but the state park area is ideal for day use. There is a bathhouse with changing rooms and showers, a gift shop, and a grill that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Stop at the visitor’s center before driving over the bridge to the island. You can park your car in the state park’s lot and head back to the road for a bike ride or walk on the paved bike trail where you can spot ponies, turtles and birds. Then head to the beach for the rest of the day where you can spot even more ponies.

Lifeguards are on-duty daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and pony patrol officers are always nearby to make sure visitors can safely enjoy the presence of the wild horses on the beach.

The state park beach and lot are open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset and entry costs $4 per person for Maryland residents.

The Ocean City boardwalk is about a 15-minute drive away, so it’s easy to stop by on your way home for a snack, rides and souvenir shopping.

For more information about what to do on the island, visit the Assateague State Park and Assateague Island National Seashore websites.

For more summer fun ideas, check out our 100 Days of Summer page for daily family activities and our daily calendar of events.

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