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Shackleford Banks Wild Horse and Shelling Expedition

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Adult (Ages 12+)
Child (Ages 3-11)
Infants (2 & under)
Senior/Active Military

Meet the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks!

Take a 15-minute ferry ride over to Shackleford Banks, a pristine, undeveloped, nine-mile-long island that is the southern-most barrier island of Cape Lookout National Seashore. There, get introduced to the famous wild horses of Shackleford Banks. This free-roaming herd is believed to have descended from Spanish horses that were shipwrecked here over 400 years ago. They continue to survive as one of the last isolated groups of wild horses in the United States.

Help your guide track the horses and see firsthand 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.

This ecological jewel is also a unique place for a naturalist-guided eco-tour that introduces you to the barrier islands’ natural beauty, wind-shaped sand dunes, and wildlife which inhabit the island. Shell seekers can build their shell collections on this guided Shackleford Banks tour, enjoying some of the best shelling in the area. We visit remote areas of the island and some of the best shelling spots known to our experienced naturalists to find conches, whelks, queen’s helmets, scotch bonnets, olive shells, sand dollars and more!

This tour leaves at 8:30 a.m. and returns at approximately 11:30 a.m. Guests do have the option of boarding a later ferry if they would like to spend more time on the island.

Cancellation Policy

We have a 24-hour cancellation policy. In order to receive a refund or to reschedule your trip, you must contact us at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure time.