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Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari

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Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari
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Take a 15 minute ferry ride over to the pristine Outer Banks Island of Shackleford Banks, which is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There you will be introduced to the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks. This free roaming herd is believed...more
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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108 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Shackleford island horse & shelling tour is fabulous for adults, but not kid friendly. We took our four children on this tour. The children were ages 4-12. The tour was too much walking and talking for this age group. Our kids were having a blast...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

We took a boat ride over. The horses are beautiful. You only see a few, not the 900 ? that is on the 9 mile radius Island.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Judy A
Reviewed August 24, 2018 via mobile

Great time saw lots of horses and found several good shells thinks to our guide. Well worth the money.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Eddie E
George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018

Thank you Eddie! I am very happy you had such an enjoyable time. We look forward to having you back with us again.

Reviewed August 21, 2018 via mobile

Captain Amy was the absolute best. She let my daughter ride with her and let her drive. Couldn’t have asked for a better day

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Tia B
George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2018

Thank you Tia! I am very happy that you and your daughter had such an enjoyable time. We look forward to having you back with us again.

Reviewed July 5, 2018

Be sure to wear sunscreen and bug repellent before you go, but do go! the sighing of these wild horses is worth the trip, but please do not bother them. Also the beach is beautiful and a great place to find some shells. Bring lots...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2018

Thank you! Great advice. We suggest a hat, comfortable shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent, bottled waters and snacks. We look forward to having you back with us.

Reviewed December 20, 2017

Wild horses aren’t seen out on the beach when we were there. My wife and her best friend seen the groups in the woods many times. Breath taking to live on the lands, and to be healthy. The island has a bathroom, and we found...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded February 12, 2018

Thank you for your review. I am very happy that you had such a nice time and that you help is keep Shackleford Banks clean not only for other visitors but for the beautiful horses that love there. We look forward to having you back...More

Reviewed September 22, 2017

We were excited about seeing horses AND Shelling. This was a two hour hike looking for horses. Our tour guide was a nice guy and he was informative. We ended up finding five horses right near the end. That was nice. We got some good...More

Date of experience: September 2017
4  Thank Greg M
George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded September 28, 2017

First off, apologies for the way you feel our crew spoke with you upon boarding on your return ferry. We double check our passengers getting on and off the ferry due to being held accountable for all riders. We do allow passengers to stay longer...More

Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

If you are a group, better reserve your ferry ticket in advance to make sure you sail all together. You have to chose the time for your way back, you can change your mind and come back earlier, you just need to wait for a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Mariejana
George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2017

Thank you for choosing us for your adventure! With our Safari, we do require reservations so that any group of reservations can stay together due to limited seats in our morning ferries. I am pleased to hear you had a great experience!

Reviewed May 12, 2017

I was so excited about this tour!!! Had lovely ferry ride on island we had tour guide who was to help us find horse and had been promised great shelling (whole shells not broken ones). Walked like 4 miles shells all broken when asked guide...More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank chery3257l
George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2017

We offer our Safari trip in the morning so that our tour is not during the hottest hours of the day. I also want to explain that we can not promise that you will see a certain amount of horses since they are free-roaming around...More

Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

I was initially very afraid of the warnings they gave about this trip - no bathrooms and the 'rustic' nature of the location. There was no need to be. It's a gorgeous beach and island. Once you see those ponies and the natural beauty all...More

Date of experience: August 2016
3  Thank Kerri T
George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 26, 2018

Thank you for the kind review, Trilled you had a great time and enjoyed the adventure. Hope you come back and ride with us again.

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Becca S
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Response from George A | Property representative |
The tour is two hours long.
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Response from kim s | Reviewed this property |
A fair amount of walking will help you to see more of the island & find shells. That being said, you don't have to really walk at all other than to get off the boat. Even to walk a half a mile will get you into some great... More
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