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EXPERIENCE DANCE OUTDOORS

JOIN US AT THE BALLET ON THE BEACH FESTIVAL

Ballet on the Beach Dance Festival

is Maryland's only oceanfront park. It is located on Assateague Island, a barrier island bordered by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Sinepuxent Bay on the west. Its two miles of ocean beaches offer swimming, beachcombing, sunbathing, surfing and fishing. The bayside offers visitors the chance to explore secluded coves by canoe or kayak. The marsh areas have a variety of wildlife, including deer, waterfowl and feral horses. You can learn more about the history of the island, here.

ASSATEAGUE STATE PARK

Ocean Waves, Assateague State Park, Ballet on the Beach Dance Festival
Wild Ponies, Assateague State Park, Ballet on the Beach Dance Festival

are world famous residents on Assateague.

Believed to have been brought here via a shipwrecked vessel in the late 18th or early 19th century, these majestic animals are both beautiful and wild. Roaming all parts of the island, expect to see the ponies during your visit, but view them from afar. You can learn more about the ponies, their history, and safe visiting practices, here.

THE ISND PONIES

Assateague is located at the end of Stephen Decatur Highway, Route 611. From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, head east on Route 50 towards Ocean City and turn right onto Route 611. From the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, take Route 13 north to Pocomoke City. Turn right onto Route 113 and head north toward Snow Hill. Stay on Route 113 to Berlin. Turn right onto Assateague Road (Route 376.) When it ends, turn right onto Stephen Decatur Highway, Route 611.

The Park has a $5/vehicle parking fee.

For more information, visit this page.

DIRECTIONS TO THE ISND

Sand on the beach, Assateague State Park, Ballet on the Beach Dance Festival
Maryland Park Service
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