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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.
Price: $20/person

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.

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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.

Michael Francis is a freelance writer studying at Georgia State University. His work can be found at

Comments (18)
  1. Sarah May says:

    This is a terrible thing to advertise on this page. Carrtiages are NOT romantic for the horses. They are torture.

  2. Freedom for Carriage Horses says:

    If this is a paid advertisement, then it should be labeled as such. I would hate to think that CBS is promoting a cruel and inhumane form of entertainment. Until I get an explanation, I plan on boycotting all things CBS. Networks shows, news and special events. Shame on you CBS. I am going to miss what used to be my favorite TV shows.

  3. Carriage Horse Lover says:

    Thank you for this story on carriage horses. A properly run carriage livery is neither cruel or abusive. Carriage driving is NOT cruel or abusive. Independent carriage livery owners provide safe secure homes for their horses along with proper feed, nutrition, grooming, health care, farrier care and vacation time for their horses. Again, carriage rids are NOT cruel or abusive. Please do not give in to threats from the rabid radical animal rights extremists who oppose the use of horses for any reason.These people believe that ALL horses ‘should be running free in the pasture.” What they fail to realize is that domestic horses cannot survive without proper feed and maintenance. It is very expensive to feed and maintain horses. Carriage horses work in exchange for proper care, shelter feed, and affection.

  4. Miry says:

    It’s a myth that carriage horses work in exchange for proper care, shelter feed, and affection. It would be nice, if it were true. Sadly, I’ve witnessed the opposite. They are simply exploited it for profit. Shame on CBS !

  5. SLH says:

    Its a shame that people with little knowledge take the road that anything that don’t under stand or agree with must be wrong or abusive. Besides stereotyping an entire industry that like every other venue has some top of the line and some less. It just shows how obtuse and ignorant most of our society has become.

    We really believe we are society that just because we don’t agree with something the reaction should be to throw a public hissy fit.

    Its not the carriage drives /or industry that should be shameful …it only takes a moment to read a few posts on this subject to realize there are a lot of self entitled sick minded people.

    1. Freedom for Carriage Horses says:

      Most of what you refer to as the “obtuse and ignorant” are the ones that want the horses off of city street. Do you always label everything you dont agree with “obtuse and ignorant? What does that make you? You assume that the opponents of the carriage horses have not done their homework or that they have not lived nor worked with horses. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the advocates defending the horses have in depth knowledge of horses, They work with them, they compete in events, they pleasure ride, they care for horses and some are even Veterinarians. The side that defends the exploitation of these horses, are all in it for the money.

  6. Paths to Animal Liberation says:

    Why would you post something supporting animal abuse? Carriage horses are abused and over worked. When they can no longer pull the carriage, they are sent to slaughter. They come from the race track and the Amish, which means they live a miserable existence of working non-stop and get rewarded by being murdered. I am unfortunately a resident of a city (NY) that has carriage horses and I see first hand how miserable these horses are. I have even witnessed an accident which was the most upsetting thing to see. I will no longer follow CBS if you do not print a retraction saying that the carriage horse industry is cruel and should be banned!

    1. Freedom for Carriage Horses says:

      I have seen both the NY carriage horses and the ones in Atlanta. Both are sad and downtrodden; but, the Atlanta horses are actually pathetic. Those horses are literally being worked to death. This must be a paid advertisement as I cannot believe that CBS would choose such a cold-hearted and inhumane form of entertainment to promote to it’s readers.

  7. deninbtn says:

    Why are you endorsing the cruel and exploitive horse drawn carriage industry?
    Are you not able to grasp the reality behind the facade that is created by this outmoded form of entertainment? Horses pulling carriages through heavy traffic, dodging in and out of cars and buses. Worked 7 days a week, no proper stabling or grazing and then what, retirement to green fields? No straight to the slaughter house.
    Shame on you CBS

  8. Dewayne says:

    I can’t believe CBS is advertising Animal Slavery at it’s finest !

  9. Stop Slavery says:

    Shame on CBS – they are pimping for the carriage trade all across the US. Wish they would do some real journalism. Carriage trade = a cruel and outdated business that needs to go the way of gas lamps.

    Wonder how much money is changing hands.

    BTW – CBS — this is not like people actually go to your web site. It is because many of us do Google alerts for “carriage horses.” So please don’t get a swelled head.

  10. no calesas en cozumel says:

    As obviously CBS dont care about animal wellfare , i believe they should think twice before promoting and activity wich endangers the safety of users.last week a horse drawn carriage accident took place in Cozumel ,mexico .4 tourists, a driver an a horse ended up injured.horses do not belong to the cities, to the traffic .Sadly, Tourists learned the lesson on the bad way but thanks to this accident , today we can proudly say cozumel is horsedrawn carriages free,

  11. Anne Streeter says:

    Before extolling the virtues of the horse carriage trade perhaps you should do your homework. You then might have an understanding of just how brutal this business is. Firstly, an urban environment is no place for horses – pollution, heat, hard pavement, heavy loads, long hours of work, lack of shade & water, crummy stable situations etc., etc. Then there is lameness, respiratory problems, abuse and a final trip to the slaughter house. This is not a pretty picture!

  12. See Rock City says:

    This is disgraceful. CBS now running Examiner content–which is an not-even-thinly veiled advertorial. i have seen recent photos showing all kinds of legal infractions with these horses, an obviously sick horse who was working with stream of greenish-yellow mucous streaming from his nostril, and all manner of mistreatment. But then, it is business that exploits horses–so when they can no longer “perform,” they’ll be dumped so that every last penny can be squeezed from them when they go for horse meat. Just like the horses in New York City. And have the writers–or the city officials–stopped to consider the dangers of putting horses into busy traffic? This is foolish and endangers the public as well as the horses. As I believe the city of Atlanta should no, from the accident that have happened there.

    This article is an embarrassment, and the fact that CBS is broadcasting these types of advertisements puts the final nail in the coffin in terms of their eroding credibility.

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