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“Wish we had stayed longer!!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari

Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari
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Owner description: Take a 15 minute ferry ride over to the pristine Outer Banks Island of Shackleford Banks, which is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There you will be introduced to the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks. This free roaming herd is believed to have descended from Horses that were brought here roughly 500 years ago, and still survive as one of the last isolated groups of wild horses in the US. You will help your guide track the horses and see first hand the fascinating behavior of horses in the wild, a rare experience with nature that you'll never forget.Bring your camera for pictures that will forever remind you of this amazing place and its fascinating inhabitants. Stay on the island for the length of the tour, or stay all day! Same price! Ferry tickets included in the price of your admission.
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Wish we had stayed longer!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

We enjoyed this tour so much! You have the option of staying as long as you wanted and we opted to stay about 3 hours...you can call to stay longer if you would like, but three hours in the sun was about all that we dared to stay!...The shelling was GREAT!..I found three sand dollars and was so excited!...but found other neat shells as well. We walked around the island and found about 10 of the wild horses which was neat...it is amazing that they survive on the island..would highly recommend this for families!

Visited March 2013
2 Thank redbeulah0
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Bonny Doon CA
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Wild Horses !!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

An EXCEPTIONAL experience! A short 15 min ferry ride to this island with an option of 2 or 4 hrs to stay and explore. LOTS of shells (bring a bag to collect). Found the horses after walking 1 hr---well worth it. We counted 10 with a young one (born in Dec. 2012). What a treat. A beautiful day--clear, mild breeze for Feb. Apparently "a calm before a storm" which happened the next evening. Bring water & food to make this enjoyable. And, of course, a camera. You won't be disappointed. The views are spectacular, especially climbing a sand dune to get a panoramic view. Please remember to pack out any trash--cans/bottles/paper/plastic, as there are no trash receptacles.

Visited February 2013
4 Thank Christina E
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Greenwood, Indiana
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87 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Wild horses & the best shelling in the area”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

We took Port City's tour of Shackleford Island which included the ferry to/from the island from either Morehead City or Beaufort and a 2 hour guided tour. We walked about the shore line as the guide (Jeannie) talked about the history of the area, the horses, etc. We did see two herds of the horses while we were on the island. We also found the best shells on the island - several very large Whelks, Olives and even three whole sand dollars.
There are not restroom facilites or trash cans on the island, so you have to take everything with you.

Visited September 2012
1 Thank 54321dogsmom2
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Totally unique experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2012

The island is so beautiful and pristine, and the tour was great... we were treated to a real show when some of the horses decided to have a territorial dispute, and our guide was calling the shots blow by blow. The horse behavior was really cool.

The shells were great too.. came back with a bucket full

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Kathy G
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Taylorsville, North Carolina
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Loved this!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2012

This was so much fun. I loved walking around the island and seeing the wild horses. We had to walk quite a way to see them but it was well worth it. They are so used to people that they will let you get right up next to them. After we found the horses we sat out on the beach and got a little sun while people watching. You can take a cooler and lounge chairs with you, and whatever else you can carry.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank springnbloom
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