Assateague Island National Seashore
Groups of student adventurers on East Coast hiatus will not want to miss a visit to this legendary destination, one of America’s last fully functioning barrier island ecosystems. Assateague Island’s beloved beaches, wildlife, dunes, wetlands & marsh islands are administered by three official park agencies to provide for recreational use and enjoyment consistent with the perpetuation and maintenance of the seashore's natural environment; the island is permanently uninhabited, a gloriously untouched haven, with the northern tip a Maryland state park, and the remainder of the Maryland section the beautiful Assateague Island National Seashore, most famous for the colorful bands of wild ponies that have roamed the area for centuries, enchanting visitors with their sometimes fleeting, always breathtaking presence.
A wildlife watcher’s and nature lover’s paradise, the island affords a wide variety of flora and fauna - including over 320 species of birds who nest and rest there - vital support and peaceful refuge amongst its 41,000+ acres of windswept beaches, waters and woods - the perfect year-round venue for your group’s favorite outdoor activities. Jump on an ATV or kick off your shoes and traverse the dunes, bike endless trails, comb the vast expanses of inviting, white sand for perfect treasures, clam, fish or crab for your dinner, embark on a sight-seeing sunset cruise or pony-spotting trip, or hop in your own kayak and paddle through the unspoiled splendor of miles of pristine waterways. Be sure to visit the candy-striped Assateague Island lighthouse – one of the most impressive historic landmarks on the Eastern Seaboard!