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Ocracoke Pony Pens

Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
252-928-4531
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Ranked #10 of 12 Attractions in Ocracoke
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Description: U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
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Chase City, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

No one seems to know exactly where the horses came from. The story of ship wrecks makes most sense to me. They used to roam freely until the island became much more populated and visited. They built a very special place for the wild horses. Stop and see them and please consider a donation.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

If you go around feeding time, the ponies come right up near the edge of the fence. The story of how the ponies got to Ocracoke and their existence since they arrived is interesting.

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21 reviews 21 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I thought the pony pens would be kinda lame, especially because I have horses, but it was a true delight to listen to the ranger's presentation! She obviously loves the ponies and the area and she was more storyteller than anything. At the end, she invited the kids to feed the ponies (if the animals want to approach). That was... More

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Johnstown, Pennsylvania
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47 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I loved seeing these horses, which have such a history about them that it's hard not to just stand there and stare. What beautiful creatures, and how nice that they are still a part of the island's identity.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Ocracoke Rangers Station offers FREE history lessons, activities and information on the ponies, turtles, pirates, Ocracoke, etc. Be sure to check out their schedule, see link below, before coming to Ocracoke. Many of the activities don't have a space limitation or need a reservation, but some activities do like crabbing be sure to register for the crabbing as soon... More

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Seymour, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

It was very neat to see the ponies but I wish there was a plaque or something with more information (it did look like there had been at one time and maybe it was missing due to the storm that had went through a few weeks before our trip). But it was well worth stopping for a few minutes to... More

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Merritt Island, Florida
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61 reviews 61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

we love horses ... these were once wild and free , now they are penned so tourists can fly up and down the road at high rates of speed

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Stop by when the Park Rangers are giving a 'Pony Talk' to get history and information on the ponies. The ponies are wild, but are now penned in a very large enclosure, so depending upon season, day, and time, they may not be in close view. Make sure to have bug spray as the gnats and horseflies can be terrible.

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Greenville, North Carolina
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

There aren't many ponies here but they are beautiful. Watch out for the horseflies though they will take chunks out of you! The ponies aren't wild like others on the Outer Banks but you can make donations to conservation efforts in a small donation box at the pens and learn their history. We stopped here on our way to Hatteras.

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Wichita, Kansas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

After leaving the ferry, the pony pens were our first stop. Similar to the lighthouse, this is more of a quick photo stop than a destination. Ponies are penned and viewed from a wooden platform. If I didn't know they had been wild, I wouldn't be able to tell from looking at them. Corolla is a better place, if your... More

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