- DO I NEED A RESERVATION?
- You do not need a “reservation” for a carriage ride. You can simply walk up and pay the legal rate when you want to take a ride. Or you can BUY NOW on our website, with no reservation or booking fees. Beware of other websites selling carriage rides and charging more than the legal rate by adding on booking fees or reservation charges.
- HOW CAN I PAY?
- Pay your carriage driver directly at the conclusion of your ride. Tips are customary and greatly appreciated for a job well done. Cash is accepted by all carriages. If you wish to pay by credit card, please ask your driver before the ride, as not all drivers are prepared to accept credit and debit cards. The best way to pay by credit card is to BUY NOW on our website.
- HOW MUCH DOES A CARRIAGE RIDE COST?
- Beware! There are unauthorized “vendors” pretending to sell carriage rides on the street. They have signs with a picture of a horse and carriage, but no actual carriage rides to sell. These are pedicab vendors trying to trick you into taking a tricycle ride instead of a carriage ride at our legal rates and on our legal routes.
The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs sets the legal rates for carriage rides. That rate is: $54.08 for the first 20 minutes, or fraction thereof, and $21.63 for every additional 10 minutes. Rates are per trip, not per person.
20 minutes – $54.08
40 minutes – $97.34
50 minutes – $118.97 (recommended)
60 minutes – $130
Each carriage may carry a maximum of 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 children under 12 (children under 12 count as half an adult).
- WHERE DO THE CARRIAGE RIDES GO?
- Anywhere inside Central Park on the park drives, or immediately adjacent to the park.
Our $54.08 regular ride is approximately 15-20 minutes and covers a loop of about a mile and a quarter through the southeastern portion of the park. Attractions on this ride include the Wollman Ice Rink, the Chess and Checkers House, the Carousel, the Dairy and the Zoo.
We have several longer rides that include the lake and the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain.
Our 40 minute ride is $97.34 and is our basic long ride. It includes the Mall, the Balto Statue, the Conservatory Water, the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, the Lake and Tavern on the Green.
Our 50 minute ride is $118.97 and is ideal for people wanting to stop and take pictures or visit Strawberry Fields and the “Imagine” John Lennon memorial. The ride includes the Mall, Balto, the Conservatory Water, the Bethesda Terrace and Fountain, the Lake, Tavern on the Green and opportunities to stop for pictures at Cherry Hill or Strawberry Fields.
Our one-hour grand tour is $140.60 and includes all the attractions from both the regular ride and the long ride.
All of our standard rides (20, 40, 50 and 60 minutes) begin and end at the carriage stands on Central Park South.
- WHERE CAN I FIND A CARRIAGE?
- Carriages are found in our designated hack stands along Central Park South (59th St.), from 5th Avenue to 8th Avenue. Most carriages are found at the main stands at 59th St. and Sixth Avenue, and at Grand Army Plaza (59th St. and Fifth Avenue). Please proceed directly to the real, live horses themselves, and get a ride from the driver directly.
Carriages are legally allowed to operate between 10 AM and 3 AM Monday through Friday, and between 7 AM and 3 AM on Saturday and Sunday. (It is rare to find a carriage on Central Park South before 8 AM, however, and many carriages go home at night by midnight.)
Carriage operations are suspended during certain weather conditions, such as when the temperature reaches 90° F or when the temperature falls below 19° F, or during adverse weather, such as thunderstorms, heavy snowfall, high winds, etc.
- WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS?
- Carriages are convertible and have roofs that can be put up in the event of rain. In blowing rain, side curtains will keep you nice and dry. Don’t let rain deter you from seeing Central Park: a carriage is a one-horse-powered rolling umbrella! Bear in mind, though, that there are often fewer carriages working in rainy weather, and in extremely cold and rainy weather we cannot guarantee service.
- WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IT’S COLD? ARE RIDES AVAILABLE DURING THE WINTER?
- Yes! Carriages operate year-round, and so long as it is 19° F or warmer, and the roads are clear of snow and ice, we’ll be at work. We have carriage blankets (lap robes) to keep you warm. Central Park is stunning with snow on the ground and the views of the New York City skyline are incredible when the leaves are off the trees.
- CAN I BOOK A RIDE FOR A SPECIAL OCCASION?
- You may want to book a carriage for a special event (a wedding, film shoot, quinceanera), especially if you have a particular carriage request or are traveling outside the routes and time restrictions outlined above. We can usually accommodate your needs, or can put you in touch with someone who can. Please contact us for a custom carriage experience.
- WHAT IF I WANT TO SEE SOMETHING ELSE?
- Carriages are allowed on all of the park drives and on streets adjacent to Central Park. They are also allowed on regular city streets (north of 34th St. and except Times Square and Lincoln Center) after 9 PM Monday – Saturday and all day on Sundays. Carriages can go to Times Square after 11:30 PM Monday – Saturday and after 7 PM on Sundays. Popular destination rides include trips to the Loeb Boathouse, Tavern on the Green, the American Museum of Natural History, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Evening rides in Rockefeller Center, along 5th Avenue and in Times Square are also available.
In all cases, just ask a carriage driver! We can let you know if we can do what you want, and will quote you a rate based on our rates set above. We’re here to make your carriage ride a memorable and perfect experience of New York City.
- ARE THERE ANY SEASONAL CLOSURES?
- Carriage routes may be closed or changed due to events in Central Park. Running races are often held on many Sunday mornings, which can affect our long rides. Routes change during the couple weeks around the NYC Marathon, held the first Sunday in November.
During the holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Year’s) long rides may not be available due to high demand for rides, so that we can accommodate all of our patrons.