For many romantic types a horse-drawn carriage ride is the way to go. And scenery is everything when you’re hitching a ride on a stately coach. Check out these local venues to create a unique site-seeing tour or to celebrate that special occasion.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Sat to Sun – 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.; appointments available outside of scheduled hours
Price: $40 for 15-minute classic carriage ride/$80 for 30-minute classic carriage ride/$160 for 60-minute classic carriage ride/$150 for 30-minute Cinderella Ride or Rockaway Carriage Ride/ $250 for 60-minute Cinderella Ride or Rockaway Carriage Ride
Nottingham Shire and Carriage for Hire offers horse-drawn carriage tours of downtown Atlanta in a variety of packages. Pick from specialized carriages and 12 pick-up locations throughout downtown Atlanta. In addition to walk-ups and two-person rides, it offers services for weddings, parades, birthday parties and large groups. Its stylized carriages add the perfect touch to any significant event.
Hours: By appointment; at Marietta Square – 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Price: $5 per person for a one-mile ride/$30 per couple for a 25-minute ride
Yellow Rose Carriage Service provides horse and carriages rides for weddings, proms, birthdays and just about any other special event. Pick from two grey or two paint horses. Find its carriages around Marietta Square for walk-up rides.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 6:00 p.m. to midnight; Sat to Sun – 1:00 p.m. to 12 p.m.
Capitol City Carriage offers rides around Centennial Olympic Park in downtown Atlanta. Find its carriages around the park, and plan to ride around and through Centennial. Surprise your date with a spur-of-the-moment ride, or grab a group and hop on for a stroll downtown.
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Hours: appointment only
Price: Dependent on location and time
Some carriage rides are made for a little city stroll, but Kingdom Outpost does it up fairy-tale style with a pumpkin carriage and perfect wedding possibilities. Proceeds from the carriage rides support Kingdom Outpost’s outreach ministry for women and foreign missions.
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.; Sat and Sun – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Price: $20/person (60-minute tour)
This company specializes in downtown and midtown tours of Atlanta. Its tours allow riders to enjoy their time in Atlanta from a unique vantage point. The company may arrange extra romantic touches for special dates or events, right down to having the carriage driver dressed in a full tuxedo. Due to the length of the tour, be mindful of any potential weather conflicts.
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