Best Central Park Horse and Carriage Tours in NYC
This post is a comparison of two top Central Park horse and carriage rides.
We list what is included in a ride, and compare the top two providers, including prices and bonus services.
HOW MUCH DOES A CARRIAGE RIDE IN CENTRAL PARK COST?
- All of the prices we list include all processing fees.
- Prices are per carriage and not per person.
- Carriages can seat 4 adults, or 1 adult and six children, or 2 adults and 4 children, or 3 adults and 2 children.
- All carriages are private, and all companies offer blankets for cold weather days.
Good to know
When planning your trip, keep in mind that horses do not go out if the temperature is above 89 or below 19 degrees Fahrenheit (31 or -7 Celsius), during heavy weather conditions, and if special events are occurring in the park.
Always check the weather. This could be important for night carriage rides in colder weather.
Key sights included in most rides:
- The Lake
- Cherry Hill
- The Bow Bridge
- Strawberry Fields
- Upper West Side
- Dakota Building
- Sheep Meadow
- Tavern On The Green
- Heckscher Playground
- Columbus Circle
For a summary of what you may see on a carriage ride, take a look at our self-guided tour of Central Park.
This company offers the most options for Horse and Carriage Tours with an excellent review profile.
Hours of operation
Daily from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm.
Rides go out in shifts – morning shift is from 10AM-4PM and the night shift is from 7PM-10PM.
Note that between 5:00 and 6:30, there are fewer carriages than normal due to the driver shift change.
Horse and Carriage Rides (Prices are per carriage – up to 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 kids under 12):
• 15-20 Minute Ride – $74.07
• 45-50 Minute Ride – $162.95
Rides MUST be booked in advance. After purchase, take the voucher to the departure location at 59th street and 6th avenue and look for carriages with the Central Park Sightseeing sticker.
Please book your ride here.
For any questions, call the operator at 212-975-0785 from 9 am – 7 pm daily.
Pedicab Tour Pedicabs can fit either 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.
- 1-hr $125
- Get a 20% discount by using promo code FTBF at checkout.
- The driver will share knowledge of the park with you.
- Time to stop and take photographs.
- Reserve here.
Central Park Sightseeing is the second-highest-rated out of all horse and carriage rides in NYC on TripAdvisor with hundreds of 5-star reviews.
There used to be several companies operating here.
Guests frequently mention how much they appreciate the blankets and the ease of getting from the front desk to their driver.
ECO CENTRAL PARK TOURS
With over ten years of experience in the horse and carriage business, ECO promises customer satisfaction, guides that are licensed, genuine, personable, and very flexible.
Every tour ends with a photo taken with the carriage.
Additionally, they are the only of the three services to offer a price match guarantee. They will match the price of all of their competitors.
Hours of Operation
Daily from 10 am until midnight.
- Long Ride (45 minutes) for $155.76
- Short Ride (15-20 minutes) for $71.38
This company is rated 5 stars on TripAdvisor.
Reviews speak of how comfortable the ride was, as well as how knowledgeable the guides were. One guest wrote of how wise it is to book the tours at night time.
An additional company is NYC Horse Carriage Rides.
We hope you found this post useful in choosing which horse and carriage company is right for you.
Remember, that horse and carriage is not the only way to experience Central Park.
Free Tours By Foot offers free walking tours through multiple parts of Central Park which you can find here.
Please feel free to enjoy our self-guided tour with a map.
In addition, we offer private Central Park Tours on foot or bike which you can request here.