My husband and I went with our daughter when she was about 9 years old. We wanted to explore a little beyond the usual Outer Banks attractions. You catch the ferry to Ocracoke (go early to avoid lines) and that was fun in itself with the wind in our face and the broad expanse of sea and nearby island and other boaters. The man who gave us the ATV tour was right there and ready for us. He was amenable to do anything that would give us the experience we wanted. He even let us borrow his insect repellant since ours was not effective on those giant mosquitoes. We saw an island covered with pelicans that he said had once been photographed for National Geographic magazine. We got to the island and had to take shoes off and wade in as the boat could not come in all the way or it would run aground. I found the ATV ride into the old village thrilling and terrifying. I was the one who sat in back and thus had no seatbelt, although there was a strap with a loop in it for me to hold onto! You want the ATV to travel fast in hope of outrunning some of the mosquitoes so I was fine with it. We wanted to see the old village but that lasted about 2 minutes because the mosquitoes inland were impossible. But the shore is fine and they even give you tough plastic bags for seashells and the shells are amazing. Huge shells like you hope in your dreams that you'll find at the beach! There are so many because Portsmouth Island has no inhabitants anymore and relatively few daily visitors. You can fill 2 bags of shells per person and that is the limit, but that is quite a lot of shells, so we were quite happy with it. The ATV ride on the beach is fun and they let me husband learn how to drive it. It is a very nice laid back tour. Again, I'd recommend you keep to the beach and the shells and you'll love it!
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