Do you want to be a spectator at an event that is unique to the east coast? Then come to Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Drive to Chincoteague Island, and bear witness to the island’s annual Wild Pony Swim.
The Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim is an event that has been going on since 1925. Many of the locals have been attending this event for as long as they can even remember. However, the Wild Pony Swim on Chincoteague Island is not just for locals. Many visitors from outside of Maryland come to see the wild ponies do their thing every year as well.
If you plan on going to the Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim, be prepared to stand around waiting in the sun for a rather lengthy amount of time. Also, do know that you will be waiting with a very large crowd. During any given year, you can expect for there to be nearly 50,000 people standing around just to see the famous Wild Pony Swim.
The waiting time might be long, but the actual Wild Pony Swim is pretty short. It is only roughly about three minutes in length. So basically, the swim will be over before you even know it.
For the 2012 year, the Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim is scheduled for July 25th. That is going to be on a Wednesday. If you cannot come out to see the 2012 Chincoteague Wild Pony Swim, then make sure that you at least watch it happen on Good Morning America—since they usually air it.