Oh, how fun it is: 4 places for a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow-covered Upstate NY

Oh, how fun it is: 4 places for a horse-drawn sleigh ride in the snow-covered Upstate NY

Fabius, NY – Want to Kill Winter Boredom?

Take advantage of the snow, one of Upstate New York’s most abundant natural resources, and take a sleigh ride through a winter wonderland.

From the Adirondacks to central New York, here are four amazing places across the Upstate to climb up a horse-drawn sleigh and glide through the snow.

Enjoy winter with a sleigh ride in Upstate NY

Roger Baucus, of the Cooperstown Carriage Company, drives a team of horses to pull a sleigh full of riders on a track at Highland Forest. Mike Greenlar | Post standardsMike Greenlar

Fabius, central New York

Enjoy a 20-minute sleigh ride or walk through the picturesque, snow-covered Highland Forest Park in Onondaga County. After a horse-drawn ride, you can snowshoe or cross-country ski on the park’s 20 miles of trails and refuel with a meal at Skyline Lodge Cafe.

Where: Highland Forest Park, 1254 Highland Park Road, Fabius

When: 11am to 3.30pm on weekends through February 27th

Cost: $ 8 for riders ages 6 and up; $ 5 for riders 5 and under

How to book: Reservations are required. Call (315) 289-3775 or (607) 345-2152 to book a tour.

Greenfield Center, Capital Region

Loon Meadow Farm offers private 40-minute sleigh rides for couples or small groups on Greenfield Center’s 153-acre farm. Just minutes from Saratoga Springs, the farm offers rides in antique sledges and carriages.

Hope you can come up with a unique suggestion? Loon Meadow has a “romance and roses” package – consisting of a bouquet of flowers and a sparkling drink – for partners who plan to ask the big question during the sleigh ride, according to the farm’s website.

Where: Loon Meadow Farm, 695 Locust Grove Road, Greenfield Center

When: Call to book an appointment.

Cost: $ 250 for a two-passenger sled; $ 350 for a seat that fits three to four passengers

How to book: Call (518) 893-6116.

Enjoy a sleigh ride in Upstate NY

This screenshot from Circle B Ranch’s Instagram shows the Adirondacks ranch’s new group sled: a red, custom-built sled that fits private groups of up to eight people. Photo: Screenshot from Circle B Ranch’s Instagram

Chestertown, Adirondacks

Circle B Ranch offers group and private sleigh rides through fields and woods near its Adirondack Stables. Belgian draft horses Jack and Daniels pull groups of 12 through the snow, according to the ranch, while private groups of up to eight can ride in a custom red sleigh pulled by Percheron draft horses Jake and Charlie. And couples looking for a romantic adventure can indulge in a vintage cutter sleigh pulled by either Bud or Riley, draft horses.

After the sleigh ride is over, Circle B riders offer s’mores, drinks and a place to warm up inside the ranch barn, the ranch said.

Where: Circle B Ranch, 771 Potter Brook Road, Chestertown

When: Amusements available until the end of February. Check the Circle B Ranch’s website for exact dates.

How to book: Call (518) 494-4888 to book and inquire about costs.

Lake Placid, Adirondacks

Country Dream Farms heads north in the winter to the John Brown Farm State Historic Site in Lake Placid to offer horse-drawn sleigh rides. Riders can enjoy views of the Adirondack Mountains, the Olympic Ski Jump, Whiteface Mountain and more, according to Discover Upstate New York.

Where: 200 John Brown Road, Lake Placid

Cost: $ 40 for adults; $ 15 for children; free for children 3 years and under; $ 200 for a couple’s romantic trip

How to book: To make a reservation or find out more, call (518) 565-6051.


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