So as summer kicks into high gear, the crowds and traffic begin to rise to their summer peak on Coastal Highway. If you are looking for a different, and in many ways more tranquil beach experience, Assateague Island National Seashore might be the spot for you.
Assateague has tons of open beach, salt marshes and of course the wild horses.
Here are few tips on how to make your day trip to Assateague a unique experience that will make you feel as if you vacationed in two different places during your visit down the ocean.
1. Take time to relax: Assateague offers wide-open and long beaches that almost always have large sections of open space to set up shop for the day. The waves break a little softer on the island, which makes of a nice longboarding day when the surf is good and the beach still has lifeguards stationed for you and your familys safety. Now as much of perfect place Assateague is for relaxing and having a beach picnic, the horses might wander over to steal your grub. If youre careful youll be able to relax and eat just fine. And when your ready the wild horses will be hanging around in packs on the outskirts of the water for you to check out.
2. Go camping: For $40 a night you and a group can reserve a campsite on the island that comes with a picnic table and an upright grill. All camping facilities also include drinking water, cold-water showers and chemical toilets. This is something I did in a school-sponsored group in high school and it was a blast. We got to enjoy the beach all day and then we took kayaks out around the salt marshes to explore the park. For information regarding the campgrounds call (410) 641-3030.
3. Enjoy a ranger-guided tour: Similar to the kayaking we did, visitors can take tours of the park. Rangers can take you kayaking or hiking and really show you the intricacies of this unique national park.
These are only a few of the options available at Assateague Island, where visitors have ample opportunity to learn about the balancing act and ever-changing nature of this coastal estuary. For more information, go to www.nps.gov/asis.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun