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Ocracoke Pony Pens

Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
252-928-4531
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Ranked #11 of 12 Attractions in Ocracoke
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
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Owner description: U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
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Burlington, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

When we viewed the pony pens in late October there wasn't another living soul around (just me and my wife). We could see the ponies (just four) at a distance but when we drove up they all came to the fence like they were posing! I read that they rotate the ponies that can be seen. The ones we saw... More

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Oakland, California
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153 reviews 153 reviews
50 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

What you see is what is left of a unique family of horses that roamed wild for about 500 years till we showed up and, doing what we do, took over the land. While the horses look healthy, they are more like zoo habitants than free creatures.

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

I found that the horses in the pony pens looked sad. Shame on the parks service for penning these once wild animals. This was not the life these animals deserved that inhabited this island before people. They did not look wild anymore, they were no more than pets. Let them run free like they used too.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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137 reviews 137 reviews
54 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

If you are traveling on the road to Ocracoke Village it is worthwhile to pull over at the poney pens to see if they are out. Don't expect to pet them or get close as there is a double fence. However there is a raised platform so you can walk up some steps and get a little better view. The... More

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Shelby, North Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

I wasnt expecting the board fences and "farm" atmosphere. I understand the necessity of keeping the horses off the roads but you couldnt take a picture and make them appear "wild" with all the barns etc in the background and the paved path had too much underbrush to get pictures further down. Didnt want to deal with biting bugs,etc. either.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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92 reviews 92 reviews
59 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The only thing to do here is park, climb the viewing deck, see some far away horses, take a few pictures, and go on your way. If you pass by this coming from or going to the ferry it's worth a quick stop for the kids, but even if you're staying on the island I wouldn't bother.

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Abilene, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We took our four year old out to see and he wasn't too interested. It takes awhile to get there but you can't get very close to the horses. There is a viewing deck, but hard to see.

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Kernersville, North Carolina
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We could have done without developing this island. Who would miss a few junk shops? However, encroaching on the wild horses and then penning them up- just plain sad and a great loss of a true national treasure.

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Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We stopped to view but you cannot really see them well. Wish they had been closer-up. They say they are working on the exhibit so maybe it will improve.

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Chase City, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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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