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Ocracoke Pony Pens

Address: Hwy 12, Ocracoke, NC
Phone Number: 252-928-4531
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Ranked #13 of 23 things to do in Ocracoke
Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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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Type: Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
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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Palos Hills, Illinois, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

So stopping to see these beautiful creatures was worth it. They are just so majestic paying no attention to visitors in their pen, grazing, eating. Stop for a few minutes or a few hours. No cost just enjoy.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Fun stop...but take the time to read the history of the ponies on the Island. It will help you appreciate how special they are. It will also help you see how devoted the volunteers in the area are to keep the ponies healthy and happy.

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Houston
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Some horses... never really got close enough to interact.... double fences and all. Stop by if you like horses..... but no worries if you miss it.

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North Carolina
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Ocracoke Pony Pens are on Hwy 12 between the Hatteras-Ocracoke Ferry and Silver Lake. You will probably drive by it if you come from the north headed south on Hwy 12, so stop and take a quick look. The kids will love it.

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Burlington, North Carolina
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
95 helpful votes 95 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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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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142 reviews 142 reviews
57 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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
30 helpful votes 30 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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