Details: NASA Wallops, Va.

January 23
if you go
GETTING THERE

NASA Wallops Visitor Center is about 165 miles from Washington. Take U.S. Route 50 east over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and toward Ocean City. Continue onto U.S. Route 13 south/Salisbury Bypass into Virginia. Turn left onto Va. Route 175 east/Chincoteague Road. The visitor center is about six miles on your right.

STAYING THERE

Waterside Inn

3761 S. Main St., Chincoteague Island

877-870-3434

www.watersideinn.biz

Waterfront rooms with private balconies overlooking the Chincoteague Channel start at $100, including breakfast, March 1-June 6. Rates are higher in the summer.

Snug Harbor Marina and Hotel

7536 East Side Rd., Chincoteague Island

757-336-6176

www.chincoteagueaccommodations.com

Waterfront cottages adjacent to the Snug Harbor Marina. Rooms $99 to $289 per night, depending on day of the week and season.

EATING THERE

Ray’s Shanty

32157 Chincoteague Rd., Wattsville

757-824-3429

www.raysshanty.com

Family-owned seafood restaurant. Flounder sandwich, $9.95; all-you-can-eat steamed shrimp $19.95 per person Wednesday and Sunday.

T’s Corner Exxon Station

6491 Lankford Hwy., Oak Hall

757-824-5935

www.exxonstations.com

Old-fashioned fountain service where you can order a burger ($3.59), a fish sandwich ($4.69) or an ice cream float ($2.99). Plus more.

Bill’s Prime Seafood & Steaks

4040 Main St., Chincoteague Island

757-336-5831

www.billsseafoodrestaurant.com

A half-dozen local clams or oysters on the half shell $5.50 or $8.50; fried or broiled crab cakes $23.50.

PLAYING THERE

NASA Wallops Visitor Center

757-824-2298; 757-824-1344

www.nasa.gov/centers/wallops/visitorcenter

Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; open on launch days regardless of day of the week. Free. This year there will be 15 to 20 sounding rocket launches (next one in April) and two more Antares launches (next one in May).

Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge

8231 Beach Rd., Chincoteague Island

757-336-6122

www.fws.gov/northeast/chinco

Miles of trails for hiking or biking. Daily pass $8.

Snug Harbor Marina

7536 East Side Rd., Chincoteague Island

757-336-6176

www.snugharborva.com

Rent kayaks or canoes for $38 per half-day and $48 a day, pontoon boats for $69 per hour.

INFORMATION

Future launches: www.nasa.gov/wallops, www.facebook.com/NASAWFF or 757-824-2050.

www.marsspaceport.com

M.D.G.K.

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