Horse-Drawn Carriage & Sleigh Rides in Massachusetts

Horse-drawn carriage and sleigh rides are a unique fall or winter experience. Whether as a romantic excursion, a family outing, or a tourist attraction, horse-drawn rides offer a delightful and memorable experience.

Have you been on a horse-drawn ride in any of these places? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think of them!

Here’s a list of horse-drawn rides in Massachusetts:

CornerStone Ranch (Princeton):

Website: cornerstoneranch.org

Cornerstone Ranch is a family-owned riding ranch in Princeton, Massachusetts. In addition to offering riding lessons, this 55-acre ranch also offers horse-drawn sleigh and wagon rides as well as horse-drawn ranch tours and horse driving lessons.

The horse drawn rides travel through the woods on trails which lead to a clearing with a beautiful view of the Boston skyline. The rides are approximately 30 minutes long and are followed by smores and hot chocolate served by a campfire.

Oakholm Farm (Brookfield):

Website: oakholmfarmestate.com

Oakholm Farm is a farm in Brookfield, Massachusetts that hosts weddings and events. During the holiday season, the farms offers various Christmas events such as visits with Santa, story time with Santa, a horse and wagon ride with Santa and horse drawn wagon rides.

The horse drawn rides are approximately 20 minutes long, after which visitors are welcome to warm themselves by the fire in the Beer Garden or enjoy live music inside the taproom at Oakholm Brewing Co.

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge):

Website: www.osv.org

Old Sturbridge Village is a living history museum located in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. It is one of the country’s premier living history museums and is dedicated to recreating and preserving rural New England life during the early 19th century, specifically the years between 1790 and 1840.

Each holiday season, Old Sturbridge Village hosts a Christmas by Candlelight event during which visitors enjoy the holiday decorations in the village, watch demonstrations of classic Christmas projects, walk the Christmas Tree Trail and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride through the village.

Mainely Drafts (Ludlow):

Website: www.mainelydrafts.com/index.html

Mainely Drafts is a family owned farm and carriage service in Ludlow, Massachusetts. The company offers horse and carriage rides and horse-drawn wagon rides on the family farm as well as private horse drawn carriage and wagon rentals for family gatherings and private events.

If you are going on your first horse drawn ride this winter, check out this article on what to wear on a sleigh ride.

Sources:
Bair, Diane and Pamel Wright. “Six Farms Offering Fun Things To Do This Winter.” Boston Globe, 21 Jan. 2021, bostonglobe.com/2021/01/21/lifestyle/6-farms-offering-fun-things-do-this-winter/
Banks, Katie. “Equine expert weighs in on whether horse-drawn carriage rides are ‘inhumane’ as protesters claim.” Fox 4, 15 Dec. 2016, fox4kc.com/news/equine-expert-weighs-in-on-whether-horse-drawn-carriage-rides-are-inhumane-as-protesters-claim/

About William Briscoe

William Briscoe is a seasoned travel blogger and adventurer based in Massachusetts. With a passion for exploring hidden gems and sharing his travel experiences, Briscoe's website, "Mass Attractions," has become a go-to resource for those seeking seasonal attractions in Massachusetts. In addition to his website, William has contributed travel stories and articles to various travel publications, and his work has been featured in several magazines and online platforms. He also collaborates with tourism boards and travel companies to promote sustainable and responsible travel practices. William enjoys exploring the scenic beauty of New England, spending time with his family and two rescue dogs, and experimenting with classical New England recipes in his kitchen. He holds a degree in English Literature from Boston University, which he believes laid the foundation for his writing skills.

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