Assateague Island is so long (37 miles) that it actually stretches between two states, Maryland and Virginia. For the purposes of this article, we’re only interested in the northern two-thirds (the Maryland portion), which contains the majority of Assateague Island National Seashore and Assateague State Park — and, of course, the area in which you’re allowed to drink. It’s not a free-for-all though, as alcohol is prohibited in visitor centers and on decks, in ranger stations (especially if you’re a ranger, I’d imagine) and paved parking areas, on nature trails and boardwalks, and in vehicles — but the beach itself is totally fair game. The best way to celebrate your freedom? Checking out the wild horses and ponies that are native to the island. They can be spotted daily around sunrise and sunset (and often in-between as well), and on the last Thursday in July, tourists flock to the beach to watch “Saltwater Cowboys” swim the ponies from Assateague to neighboring Chincoteague Island.