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Kelly Seahorse Ranch

7500 First Coast Hwy, Amelia Island, FL 32034
+1 904-491-5166
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Ranked #14 of 32 Attractions in Amelia Island
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Family owned and operated beach ranch nestled within the Amelia Island State Park, Florida (north of Jacksonville). The Kellys run one of the only... more » Owner description: Family owned and operated beach ranch nestled within the Amelia Island State Park, Florida (north of Jacksonville). The Kellys run one of the only full-time licensed outfits offering beach horseback rides in the country. Ranch offers gentle, guided tours starting from the ranch with a short trail ride through the wild maritime hammock, over dunes and then along miles of white pristine beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. This is the perfect place to fulfill that lifetime dream of riding a horse along the ocean. Note: All rides leave directly from the ranch, never from a public parking lot. Can accommodate larger groups. « less
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Jacksonville, FL
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

FIrst off the entire staff at the ranch was very accommodating and professional. From scheduling the excursion to giving the riding instructions everything was very clear and concise. I took my wife here for her brithday and she enjoyed every second of it. I also enjoyed the ride, especially the trail down to the beach through the woods and over... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 via mobile

We went to Kellys Sea Horse Ranch today and we had expectations of a typical trail ride experience. First, we did go by and make a reservation since we were staying at the Omni 5 minutes away. They did return our phone call but since this was a last minute trip we went by to make sure they could fit... More

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Pensacola, Florida, United States
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

My hubby and I spent our 1st Anniversary on Amelia Island. A horseback ride on the beach was tops my list of things to do. First, let me say that if you are expecting to ride around at will or go galloping down the length of the beach, you will be disappointed. If you visit their website and take the... More

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Rochester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Our family went on this horse tour, and both my wife and daughter agreed that there are better places with better horses for trail rides. Kelly Seahorse Ranch does have a better reputation than "the other place" on the island, but still the horses there have a mind of their own and are hard to control. They did take a... More

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ranchmanagement, Owner at Kelly Seahorse Ranch, responded to this review

Our personally-owned and trained horses can be handled easily, and we have an outstanding and longstanding reputation for their training, ease of use and safety for even a complete novice rider. The tour is about an hour in length with a short 8-minute trail ride to and from the beach (it has been timed); therefore, most of the ride is... More

Atlanta
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Amelia island, Kelly seahorse ranch 8/1/2014.. The beach horse ride was very boring. There were so many rules! I got yelled at for laying the reins down (to tie my hair up). I had anticipated a rough exciting ride, galloping through the woods of Amelia island into the sandy beach and racing the ocean waves. None of that happened. Instead,... More

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Buford, Georgia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Our experience at kelly seahorse ranch was unpleasant due to the extremely negative attitudes of the family who owns it. We were scheduled to ride at 12 noon, but they told us over the phone to be there by 11:30. We had some trouble finding the place, which you think would be understandable since we are not from amelia island... More

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ranchmanagement, Owner at Kelly Seahorse Ranch, responded to this review

Most of our customers are from out of town. As a courtesy, at the time each and every reservation is made over the telephone, great care and time is taken to give our customers directions, and even estimated travel time. This information is also listed in great detail on our website. The ranch is located on a main highway with... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We originally wanted to book a horse tour with another co. but, upon reading customers' reviews, chose Kelly Ranch. This is a real horse ranch, not a meeting in a parking lot. All the horses looked healthy and the staff was very friendly. The tour was a perfect mix of shady trail with interesting terrain and secluded beach. We will... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

My wife had expressed her desire for horseback riding as a bucket list item. Bonus was riding on the beach. Staff was helpful in matching riders with appropriate horse. Very clear instructions for novice riders on how to actually control the horse. Two staff accompanied our group of 10, with one in the front and one in the rear. I... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My wife and I wanted to rent bikes to explore the area on a Sunday afternoon while in town for a long weekend. Staying in Fernandina Beach Historic District but really wanted to ride further south near the Omni, etc as the trails looked good. Were able to park our cars, rent 2 bikes (helmets and locks included) without any... More

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Boulder, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Our experience with KSR was good, if only to be able to say that we rode horses on the beach. The staff was experienced and very patient, and the horses were well trained and gentle. In. Y opinion, I would have enjoyed the experience more if we had an option for a longer ride and / or if it hadn't... More

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