Assateague Island with Kids

So a few weeks ago when I was in Delaware with my family, we decided to take a day trip and enjoy Assateague Island. I had been there once before last year, but Brooks was still a little tot and he pretty much slept through the entire time we were there! This year, he was ready to enjoy the scenery and search for some horses!


Incase you aren’t familiar with the area – Assateague Island is a 37-mile long barrier island located off the eastern coast of Delmarva. The northern two-thirds of the island is in Maryland while the southern third is in Virginia. The Maryland section contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park. The Virginia section contains Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge and a small part of the national seashore. It is best known for its herds of feral horses, pristine beaches, and the Assateague Lighthouse. The island also contains numerous marshes, bays, and coves. 


My parents have a house in Bethany Beach, Delaware – which is about a 45 minute drive to Assateague Island. We let Graham have his morning nap and then loaded everyone up in the car. Depending on your schedule, if you can, I would definitely recommend spending the entire day. Pack a lunch and bring all your beach gear and set up shop for the day at one of the bay areas. It’s lovely, trust me.


We started off our morning in one of the bay areas. It is ankle deep for a very large area! The water temperature was perfect for Brooks to just relax in the water and splash around. We loved skipping rocks and searching for fish.


Brooks hung out in the water and Graham hung out on the shoreline taking in the sights in the shade.


I would recommend water shoes – these are my favorites – as the shoreline is a little tough on the feet with all the shells. Brooks kept his natives all the whole time and he was great.


After soaking up the sun we made our way over to check out one of the trails. marsh trail

This trail is on a beautiful raised bridge of sorts over the marsh. It offers great views of the area for sure.


Brooks loved exploring and I loved that everything was inclosed and he was safe to explore.

runoh heymarshlandbirds of the marsh

It also gives you another view point to search for the horses that live there!path1water

We found some down by the water and Brooks and I got to take a closer look.


Selfie with the horses!
selfie horsebehind us

The place is really calm, quiet and beautiful. You can easily sneak away and set up a spot for yourself and your family to enjoy for the day.


There is beach access as well along with lots of roads and other trails for you to explore looking for the horses! We took off to cover the most ground and avoid the heat in the car and we were able to find lots of horses!
path By the end of the day, both the littles looked like this – it was a fun filled day, exploring and enjoying the outdoors!

If you are in the area, I highly recommend spending some time there!



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  • Reply Patty O August 3, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    Always love heading to Assateague Island in quest of finding the horses, very calming and fun! Next year Graham can join in on the fun!

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