Best Central Park Horse and Carriage Tours in NYC

This post is a comparison of two top Central Park horse and carriage rides. Here you will find exactly what is covered on a ride, as well the differences between the top two providers, including prices and bonus services. Tours vary in length, tour guides take different routes, and there are some spots frequented more often than others.

 

Pricing for all tours  

  • 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.


For a summary of what you may see on a carriage ride, take a look at our self-guided tour of Central Park. Generally, you can expect to see these key sights: 

  • Wollman Rink 
  • Carousel
  • Chess & Checker House
  • The Dairy • Plaza Hotel
  • 5th Avenue/Upper East Side
  • Literary Mall • Balto Statue
  • Summerstage 
  • Boat Pond
  • Loeb Boathouse Restaurant
  • Bethesda Fountain
  • Bandshell

 

 


CENTRAL PARK SIGHTSEEINGCentral Park Sightseeing logo

This company offers the most options for Horse and Carriage Tours with an excellent review profile. Best of all, you get a 20% discount off the prices below if you enter promo code FTBF at checkout. This discount applies as well to their other products, including walking, pedicab and bike tours as well as horseback riding.

Hours of operation

Daily from 10:00 am until 11:00 pm. Because of the shift change, you cannot book online for tours between 5:00 and 6:30.

Tours

Horse and Carriage Rides (Prices are per carriage – up to 4 people): 

  • $68 – Short Ride 15-20 minutes  
  • $150 – Long Ride- 45-50 minutes  
  • Get a 20% discount off these prices if you enter promo code FTBF at checkout.
  • More information or to book now.

Date packages  These packages conclude the tour with lunch at Central Park’s famous Tavern on the Green. 

  • Horse & Carriage Ride + Lunch (Daily) $191.14  Reservations: 11 am – 3 pm (Monday- Friday) which
    includes a 2-course brunch menu with a cocktail.
  • Horse & Carriage Ride + Dinner (Nightly) $228.60.  Reservations: 5 pm – 11 pm Every Day of the Week which includes a 3-course dinner menu.
  • Horse & Carriage Ride + Saturday & Sunday Brunch $205.63.  Reservations: 9 am – 2 pm Saturdays & Sundays which includes a 2-course brunch menu with a cocktail
  • Reserve here.

Proposal package  Price is $256.71 if you book online which includes:

  • Day of coordination for proposal
  • Extended time through Central Park for proposal
  • Specific time and pick up arrangements
  • Undercover photography add-on for additional $175 which includes up to 100 photos.
  • Reserve here.

Pedicab Tour  Pedicabs can fit either 2 adults or 2 adults and 1 child.

  • 1-hr $113.73 and 2-hr  $183.80
  • Driver will share knowledge of the Park with you
  • Time to stop and take photographs
  • Reserve here.
 Individual Horseback Riding  *Exclusive to Central Park Sightseeing
  • 1 Hour for $171.16 and 2 hours for $286.04
  • Trot down the bridle trail and take in the beautiful nature, historical monuments,
  • Note: All riders must be at least 10 years of age. All riders must weigh under 250 lbs. 
  • Reserve here.

Reviews 

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. 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

Eco Tours carriage logo

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. In addition, 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. 

Tours

  • Long Ride (45 minutes) for $155.76
  • Short Ride (15-20 minutes) for $71.38

Reviews

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.

 

Eco Carriage Rides

 

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.  

 


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