First Stop: The National Park Visitors Center
*Note* Due to COVID-19, the visitor’s center has been closed since March. The small giftshop located in the visitor center opened on August 15, 2020, however, the exhibits and information desk remain closed. Check the National Park’s website for up-to-date details on the status of the closing.
Before coming over the bridge, you will find the Assateague Island National Seashore Visitor Center. If you have time during your visit, this an excellent resource for learning more about the island and its inhabitants and is also a great learning experience for kids. There is a 15-minute movie about the history of the island, several exhibits and a small “touch tank” During the Summer months, there are ranger presentations behind the visitors center. Just outside of the visitor’s center, there are public restrooms.
Entering the Assateague Island National Seashore
To get to the NATIONAL SIDE of Assateague Island, you will go over the beautiful Verrazano Bridge and follow the directions to turn RIGHT off of the causeway. The road will lead you about 2.5 miles to the entrance of the park. Here, you will need to pay the ranger