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Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari

108 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
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Pleasant day with family

Wild horses aren’t seen out on the beach when we were there. My wife and her best friend seen the... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2017
Jeff H
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Lancaster, South Carolina, United States
This is a two hour hike looking for horses... little or no shelling

We were excited about seeing horses AND Shelling. This was a two hour hike looking for horses. Our... read more

Reviewed 23 September 2017
Greg M
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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 to have descended from Horses that were brought here roughly 500 years ago, and still survive as one of the last isolated groups of wild horses in the US. You will help your guide track the horses and see first hand the fascinating behavior of horses in the wild, a rare experience with nature that you'll never forget.Bring your camera for pictures that will forever remind you of this amazing place and its fascinating inhabitants. Stay on the island for the length of the tour, or stay all day! Same price! Ferry tickets included in the price of your admission.
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108 Middle Ln, Beaufort, NC 28516-2157
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Reviewed 21 December 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

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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 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

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Reviewed 23 September 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

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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 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

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Reviewed 15 August 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

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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 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!

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Reviewed 13 May 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

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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 27 July 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

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Reviewed 17 August 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

3  Thank Kerri T
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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

The horses are gorgeous and there are some great shells to be found along the shore. The tour guide provided lots of information about the horses while walking us around the island looking for them (we saw many horses). For our family of 4, however,...More

3  Thank Lisa B
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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Glad you enjoyed seeing the horses and shelling, and the Guided adventure.

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Reviewed 8 July 2016

Tour guide was awesome! We got tons of information about the wild horses and the hike through the middle part of the island was awesome and informative. We were able to find a couple of intact sand dollars and conch shells. Highly recommend this tour!

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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you, for the great review, Its always awesome to hear that our ferry riders enjoyed their time here. hope you visit with us again

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Reviewed 6 July 2016

If you are willing to go into the water above the knees, you will found some big, beautiful, intact conch shells! We found several in very little time. Nice big island with plenty of space for everyone to spread out that's on the tour.

2  Thank kim s
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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the review, glad you enjoyed the ferry ride and shackleford island.

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Reviewed 16 June 2016

From the boat ride to the tour itself, was an awesome experience! The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and did an amazing job. Would defiantly recommend to all to do.

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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for the kind review, nice to hear you enjoyed the Guided tour

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Reviewed 15 May 2016

We enjoyed a tour with Sarah. She was very knowledgable and gave us great info about the ponies. We chose the 8:30 am tour because I thought that would give us the best chance of seeing the ponies. We were very fortunate to see ponies...More

6  Thank Kathryn D
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George A, Owner at Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for allowing us to hear your reviews. Its great to know your experience on the ferry and tour was pleasant. Hope you return again

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MomofMany123
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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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