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Harkers Island → Shackleford Banks

Round-Trip Ferry Ride: Harkers Island Visitor Center → Shackleford Banks & Return Trip-DEPARTING FROM HARKERS ISLAND!

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Round-Trip Prices
Adult (Ages 12+)
Child (Ages 3-11)
Infant (Ages 2 & under)
Pet (Leashed)

Visit Shackleford Banks East End by Ferry

This approximately 20-25-minute Shackleford ferry ride takes you to the east end of Shackleford Banks, where you can enjoy captivating sights of the wild horses, explore for seashells and birds, and go camping with the view of the lighthouse in the distance.

Enjoy the tranquility and beauty of the island as you watch for local bird species and the famous Banker horses, possible descendants of Spanish shipwrecks from over 500 years ago. You may glimpse this herd of over 110 horses roaming the island.

Although infants (ages 2 & under) are free, they must still be included in your reservation.

Trip minimum of 4 adults tickets applies, not per single group but for total number of people on vessel. 

  • Schedule

    • January -March 25th-10am, 11:30am, 1:00pm
      • Excluding March 5th. 6th, 12th, 13th, 18th, 19th, 20th- Every Hour 8:15-4:15pm
    • March 26th-April 10th-  Every Hour from 8:15 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
    • April 11th-Sept 5th: Every 30 minutes from 8:15 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
    • Sept 6th- Nov 27th: Every Hour from 8:15am-4:15pm.
      • Excluding September 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th,  24th, 25th, – Every 30 minutes from 8:15-5:15pm
    • Nov 28th-March 10th 2023: 10am, 11:30am, 1:00pm.


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