Assateague State Park

​Assateague's Day-Use and Beach Areas

What’s in the day-use area?

The day-use area provides access to the beach. Portable toilets are available. Swimming is permitted at your own risk; no lifeguards are on duty. Always use caution when in or around the ocean and be aware of hazards and dangerous conditions including rip currents. Always watch children closely. The day use area is open from 7:00 a.m. to sunset.

Frequently Asked Questions

Insects on Assateague Island

Proper Food Storage - Protect Your Food From Horses


Pony Express Gift Shop and GrillThe Pony Express Snack Bar

The Pony Express Snack Bar is open for carry-out service Thursday through Monday from 11 am - 5 pm (closed Tuesday & Wednesday and on foul weather days). Located on the deck of the concessions building, stop by and check out our delicious food and hand-dipped ice cream.

Pony Express Snack Bar Menu​

Viewing the Assateague Horses Safely

During your visit to Assateague, you will most likely encounter at least a few of the island's most popular residents. Petting or feeding the wild horses may seem like a harmless and fun thing to do, but the consequences can be terrible. For your safety and the safety of the horses, please obey park regulations and do not approach, touch, or feed the Assateague horses.

Stay at least a "bus length" or 40 feet away, but remember that may still be too close depending on the circumstances. If horses approach you, back off and retreat to a safe distance. Do not take food to the beach unless in a cooler that is zippered or secured with a nylon strap. Even then, if horses approach your food, you must move away.

Assateague horses do bite, kick and can carry rabies. These horses are WILD, and they don't behave like domestic horses. Treat the horses with respect - move back and stay safe.​​​