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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
Description: U.S. National Park Service manages a wild pony herd that lives in a penned area on Ocracoke Island.
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Abilene, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

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
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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160 reviews 160 reviews
47 attraction reviews
180 helpful votes 180 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
38 helpful votes 38 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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