Shackleford Wild Horse Cruises & Tours


Enjoy a relaxing cruise in some of the prettiest waters on the coast of North Carolina

"Guaranteed" Wild Horse Cruise


Boat Tours & Cruises - Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks - Cape Lookout Lighthouse




Fully guided by our incredible local Captains | You'll LOVE IT!

Easily accessible from Beaufort NC, Atlantic Beach NC, Morehead City NC,  Emerald Isle NC , & New Bern NC


Prices & Details




We run all year round!


Call for times & reservations


To Schedule your Adventure


(252) 515-0356

Other Details



1-6 Guests Maximum


Guaranteed All Year Round


Reservations are Necessary


Parking is easy and free!


Boat has full enclosures, so even a trip during the colder months is comfortable and enjoyable.


Boats is fully US Coast Guard inspected & carry all the latest required safety gear.


Sights include Wild Horses, Shackleford Banks, Fort Macon, US Coast Guard Station, Sand Dollar Island, Harkers Island & the Cape Lookout Lighthouse

The Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks & Carrot Island are the focal point of this adventure cruise. The historical past of these islands & inlets dates back more than 400 years, and the surviving island inhabitants serve as a timeless reminder of a captivating time gone by.

The cruise takes you only in protected waters, not in the open ocean, and each destination is full of interesting and captivating history and legend.  From the cemeteries of Shackleford Banks to the heroic tales of the families of Harkers Island, your Captain will provide the colorful local knowledge to accompany the stunning visual landscapes.

And if that wasn't enough, you'll enjoy a captivating trip down Taylors Creek and along the Historic Beaufort NC Waterfront, which was just voted the "Coolest Small Town in America" by a national website.

If, for some reason we are unable to find horses, then you would receive a rain check for $100.00 off any future trip with Lookout Adventures, whether it’s a Fishing Trip, Dolphin Watch or Adventure Charter.

(Route may vary during inclement weather/water conditions.)

Bring your cameras, video cameras and binoculars

Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and a bottle of water will make your trip more enjoyable


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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 400 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. 


After the tour, you will be directed to one of the best shelling beaches in all of North Carolina where you can spend some time on your own shelling your way down the beach, with the Cape Lookout Lighthouse off in the distance.  Shackleford is well known as one of the best shelling destinations on the East Coast.  Among other things, you can find Conchs, Whelks, Queen’s Helmets, Scotch Bonnets, Olive Shells, Sand Dollars, and more.


You can spend the rest of the day at the Seashore and return on your pre-scheduled ferry back to Beaufort, and you can even bring your chairs and coolers! 

Experience the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks!!  


Adults - $30


Kids 11 and Younger - $20


 Price includes Round Trip Ferry to/from Shackleford Banks


Call for Reservations

(Reservations are required)


(252) 772-9925




Find whole Conch Shells, Scotch Bonnets, Queen's Helmets, and More!




Available Year Round | Call for Reservations


Bring your Cameras & Video Cameras


Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and a bottle of water will make your trip more enjoyable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  NOTICE  | Please Read  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The Wild Horse & Shelling Safari is a guided tour that takes place on a wild, yet beautiful, Island.  There are no sidewalks or boardwalks on the Island, and the tour is of a strenuous nature.  You will walk up to 2 miles over soft, deep sand, up and over sand dunes and through potentially muddy salt marshes.  Additionally, be aware that the tour will take the group hiking into the interior of an uninhabited, undeveloped Island where access to medical attention is difficult and timely to arrange.

If you have any trouble walking, or have any pre-existing conditions that affect your health in a way that would make it difficult for you to handle the terrain and physical demands described above, or if it would be dangerous for you to be far away from the possibility of emergency medical attention, then this tour is not recommended for you.

Please be sure that all the members of your group are aware of the warning above, and the members of your group are not placed in danger by overestimating or overstating the abilities of the members of your group.