Bobs Wild Horse Tours
Bobs Wild Horse Tours
See the Corolla Wild Horses in an open air truck. We have custom vehicles that will seat up to 15 people. All tours are safe for all ages. This is a must do tour if you are on the Outer Banks of NC. We have been safely guiding for over 20 years. Please note during Nor'Easters and times of inclement weather we do not see as many horses, however there is much more to the tour than just horses! Come on out and enjoy a tour we cover 25 miles of beach driving and beyond. Our horse sanctuary covers more than 7500 acres and lots of open spaces for the horses to roam.
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Tom M
1 contribution
Jun 2022
Highly recommended! We saw many wild horses on the tour and the guide was excellent in giving us an opportunity to observe and photo. The guide was very knowledgeable about the horses, especially the colts (which were all very cute). The guide also answered all our questions and provided a good history lesson. The guide also stopped by some sea turtle nests and explained sea turtle protection and conservation. We had a full group of 14 and were "rained out" the first day. Bob's was excellent in accommodating a reschedule and offered a full refund had that not worked. We had an infant, a 2 year old, and a 4 year old in the group and they all also enjoyed the tour.
Written June 10, 2022
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Terrie H
Dover, NH11 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
We had so much fun! Herb, our guide, was really informative, providing information about the horses, the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, and the area.

It was a very windy Spring day for our tour and Herb warned us that the front row was going to be very cold and warned us several times to make sure we were bundled up.

We were also forewarned that the horses may not be on the beach this early in the season, but we’d find them among the yards.

Herb wasn’t lying, the wind whipping in our faces full on was indeed cold, but if you are bundled up and prepared for it, it’s ok. Even with the wind, I wouldn’t give up those front seats - tooling down the beach and driving over the sand dunes was an absolute blast.

We saw several small bands of horses enjoying themselves grazing, as well as a young bachelor stallion who very casually walked right beside our truck on his way for a good roll on someone’s lawn.

I read some of the reviews here before booking and to those who post negative reviews for issues with weather, mechanical issues, or not seeing the desired horses or where you’d like to, get a grip. Set your expectations appropriately; weather is weather and cannot be controlled, the ride WILL be bumpy - you are driving over sand which is rutted in a number of spots (for us that added to the fun), and the horses are not there to entertain us, we are there to try to catch a glimpse of their lives.

The truck was clean, the bench seats were perfectly comfortable and spacious (I’m an extra large woman and I fit comfortably along with three of my sisters (all average sized) - the seat belts are generously sized, so no issues there as well.

If you think you couldn’t enjoy this adventure as is, there are options to take a tour with another company in a Humvee with really padded seats and a windscreen. However, for us, the safari type open air truck was half the fun.
Written April 29, 2022
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Jessica B
Pembroke, MA6 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We for sure had a WILD ride! Riding out to Carova with the high tide (extra choppy due to weather going through) approaching was a new one for us. Kyle, our guide, showed great knowledge of the history of the horses as well as knowing how to handle the vehicle in a few very tricky situations. The beach was practically gone and he navigated the treacherous “road” with ease while also guiding a newer driver behind him with another load full of people. That said, we were able to see 10 horses! Despite rainy, cold, and tricky conditions-we had a blast and will have a wonderful story to tell.
Written May 26, 2022
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Cathy K
Hampton, Virginia, United States9 contributions
Jul 2022
Not what we expected at all. When I booked this for our family vacation I was under the impression that there is a beach where the wild Mustang horse roam and that the only way to actually see them is through a tour like this one plus we were going to learn some history about the area from our guide.

Wrong, anyone with a 4wd vehicle and a pass can drive on to the beach and actually hang out on the beach, there are also lots of houses back off this beach that people can also rent and some look like they live there year round.

These tours actually take you back through these houses to find horses. The ones we saw were in peoples yards and looked like they belonged to these houses. There was 2 horse near a house being built that she was going to drive right by until we all yelled then she backed up for a few minutes to let the first couple rows see . Mind you we were in the back row when she started to pull forward she said something and we thought it was about seeing more horse somewhere else she took off so we really didn't get to see them.
Then to find out she was heading back not to see more horses and this was at the 1 hour 10 minute mark. I spent over $250 for 4 of us and my husband tipped the guide cause she stated she works for tips and he felt bad for her.

The tours is suppose to be 2 -2.5 hours it's actually only about 45 minutes to an hour of actually looking for horses. one due to the location of the business were you get on the truck and the beach they take you too and they have to drive pretty far up the beach before they head up to start looking and the history she gave us was about a 5 minute stop on the beach where she got out and talked but we could barely hear her, again I assumed there would be some type of speaker system that she could talk to us while driving .

She seemed like she was rushing to finish her day as we were the second to last tour of the day the other one was 15 minutes behind us. Safe your money and rent a 4wd if you don't have one and just follow one of these tours
Written July 9, 2022
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1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
Loved seeing the horses on the beach and roaming in the neighborhood. I was so excited to go on this tour and wish I was giving more stars but our experience was overshadowed by the horrible ride. Our guide was nice when she introduced herself but drove like a maniac making the ride was extremely bumpy. I think that because we were also on wet sand, we were tossed side to side the entire ride (except when we slowed to see the horses). When the guide drove down a super steep hill into the neighborhood at a high speed, it cause us to raised up and hit hard on landing. Because the drop was so steep, the jolt so hard and loud, the whole wagon of guests yelled (3 rows of 4 people and our last row of 2). Because we all yelled, the guide even yelled back asking if we all are were ok. That particular jolt caused me to bang my right arm on the back rail so hard it is now bruised. I think because were in the back and with only two people, we were thrown around more, but combined with the hard hits, continuously jolting our spines and my bruised elbow, our horrible ride overshadowed our whole experience.

It may be fun for teens but their open wagon had minimal seat cushions and no place to hold on, therefore I do not recommend for small kids or anyone who doesn’t want to experience jolts from continuous hard hits snd extreme sliding side to side and driving at high speeds, afraid she would loose control we would tip over.

They advertise that the tour is 2- 2.5 hours long. We did ours in about an 1 hr 45 min.

Since I’m going on day two dealing with the aftermaths of a bruised elbow and sore spine I’ve decided to contact them today to convey our experience; to ask them to require the guides to drive at safe speeds with an open wagon full of people; give fair warning to patrons that the ride is rough be of their wagon style hitched rig, so they can opt out if they so choose. We asked if they would consider giving us a refund for our horrible experience and they said “no, she wasn’t there and we tell folks the ride us bumpy.”

Will will not be back. I would suggest you pay the extra and get a more personalized tour in a smaller rig for a more comfortable and enjoyable ride.
Written April 8, 2022
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Don B
Dayton, OH29 contributions
Oct 2021
On Saturday, October 16, 2021, four of us friends experienced an exceptional adventure looking for and finding over 50 of the wild horses that roam Corolla, NC with Bob’s Wild Horse Tours. We were fortunate to book the last available seats for the 4:30 - 6:30 pm tour the day prior after visiting the Corolla Wild Horse Fund and Museum during our vacation in the Outer Banks. Our guide Brian shared much useful information, and worked hard to ensure everyone on board got great looks and photo opportunities of as many horses as possible. And he provided a fun ride along the beach in the tour vehicle also. We would go again and happily use Bob’s again.
Written October 19, 2021
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Kami A
21 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
We booked a private tour for nine people ages 15-82. We had an amazing time. Saw couple dozen horses including 2 babies and one standing tall and proud atop a dune. The guide who was the daughter of the owner (Rachel) was knowledgeable and super friendly. She was helpful with my mom getting in and out of the truck. Gave the teens a great ride on the beach. This was our second tour with Bob’s and I will continue to book with them when the opportunity arises.
Written July 14, 2022
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Travis S
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
With five kids — 10, 9, 5, 3 & 3 years old — Bob’s Wild Horse Tour was fabulous! We decided on the 6 PM tour, which made it a little cooler (it was 72 degrees that evening) but the pictures and ambiance were precisely what we hoped for! Kyle was both knowledgeable and personable. We ended up seeing approximately 22 horse (of 107 that current reside on the island)!

A few things you should know: First, there are times when the truck reaches 35 MPH, which in open-air is exhilarating but a little terrifying with our youngest kids. Second, Bob’s Wild Horse Tour is the best value in Corolla. Don’t pay more for other companies — you’ll see them touring the island and it’s all the same roads and routes, so don’t overpay for fancier military-style vehicles or companies with catchier names! Lastly, the tour doesn’t take you to some enchanted desolate land. There are times when you take paths that, in effect, are neighborhood roads. The wild horses roam wherever, including into backyards. I’ve read other reviews by people who are disenchanted by this reality — have appropriate expectations!

This was THE highlight of our trip to OBX and would happily drop the money again for our party of seven to take Bob’s Wild Horse Tour!
Written June 24, 2021
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Jay A
Princeton Junction, NJ9 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
I am yeah overall great experience like I would definitely recommend if everybody there I was super nice. It was long to 2 1/2 hour tour and I will do the big thing is the horses could be hit or miss I didn’t say too many horses but I definitely recommend it. Our driver and tour guide Karen was really good a lot of information and she was helpful in getting us in and out of the truck overall I will definitely recommend it to anybody and the price is pretty good too! you know so it’s between $30/$40 a person depending of child adult senior etc.
Written June 14, 2021
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Whitesboro, NY3 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
We have been on other tours with another company. Should have went with them again but their pricing structure has changed since Covid so we figured we would try another tour company. U are actually seated on four bench style seats in the back of a pickup truck bed (with configuration changes to accommodate) and the rows sits above the top of the cab. We were in the front row with no windscreen at all. Very windy and eyes were burning by end of trip. No narration at all by driver. Occasionally she would yell out her drivers window to look here or there but only us in the front could barely hear her. Nothing to hold onto when going thru sand or thru dunes as it is just the person next to you. Would never go again with Bob’s. We’d pay more to be in a safe comfortable hummer with windscreen, narrative by driver of what we are seeing as well as history of the horses and a more comfortable ride. This tour is not recommended!
Written April 13, 2022
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