A part of New York City history since 1858.
The carriage tour of Central Park dates back to the opening of the park to the public in 1858. Frederick Law Olmsted designed Central Park’s curving drives to offer beautiful vistas, best viewed from a carriage, at every turn. The park quickly became a favorite of wealthy NYC elites as a venue to drive and show off their fancy vehicles and horses. It also immediately became a tourist attraction for people of all backgrounds from all over the world.
Soon, people without horses of their own discovered that the best way to see the 843-acre park was to hire a horse-drawn cab for a trip past its many attractions.
TAKE A CARRIAGE RIDE.
Today, the Central Park carriage tour holds much the same appeal as it did a century and a half ago. Touring Central Park in a carriage allows the public to experience the park in the same way that its architect, Olmsted, intended it to be experienced. The public, for whom ecofriendly horse-drawn transportation is not something they are accustomed to, gets the chance to meet and learn about real working horses.
For many people, their encounter with a New York City carriage horse may well be the only hands-on, up-close-and-personal experience with a horse.
“AS SEEN ON TV” … AND IN THE MOVIES AND MORE!
The Central Park carriages have been featured in countless pop cultural items, from feature films, to television shows like Law & Order, to music videos. Celebrities and pop legends such as the Beatles have made sure to stop and take a ride with our famous carriage horses.
Because of their place in global media, marketing and entertainment, people come from all over the world to ride the carriages and experience authentic New York.
Horse-drawn carriages have become as synonymous with New York City as the Empire State building.
MOVIES FEATURING OUR CARRIAGES:
Little Nelly Kelly (1940)
Easter Parade (1948)
Barefoot in the Park (1967)
Hercules in New York (1970)
The Goodbye Girl (1977)
Falling In Love (1984)
Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
Home Alone 2 (1992)
It Takes Two (1992)
Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Money Train (1995)
Joe’s Apartment (1996)
Hell’s Kitchen (1998)
Kate & Leopold (2001)
Eloise at Christmastime (2003)
When in Rome (2010)
Friends with Benefits (2011)
New Year’s Eve (2011)
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
TV SHOWS FEATURING OUR CARRIAGES:
How I Met Your Mother
Sex and the City
The Mindy Project
Person of Interest
The Third Watch
Law & Order: SVU
Win, Lose or Draw
Wheel of Fortune
The Daily Show / The Colbert Report
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon
The Late Show with Seth Myers
The Today Show