Oh, What a Delight: 4 Places for a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride in Snowy Upstate New York


Fabius, NY – Looking to beat the winter boredom blues?

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 great places upstate to hop in a horse-drawn sleigh and slide through the snow.

Roger Baucus of Cooperstown Carriage Company leads a team of horses to pull a sleigh full of riders down a trail in Highland Forest. Mike Greenlar | The post standardmike greenlar

Fabius, Central New York

Enjoy a 20-minute sleigh ride or horse-drawn cart ride through the scenic, snow-covered landscapes Highland Forest Park in Onondaga County. After a horse-drawn carriage ride, go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the park’s more than 32 km of trails and refuel with a meal at the Skyline Lodge Cafe.

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

When: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekends until February 27

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

How to book: One must reserve. Call (315) 289-3775 or (607) 345-2152 to book a ride.

Greenfield Centre, Capital Region

Loon Meadow Farm offers private 40-minute sleigh rides for couples or small groups on the 153-acre Greenfield Center farm. Minutes from Saratoga Springs, the farm offers antique sleigh and wagon rides.

Do you want to make a unique proposal? Loon Meadow is offering a “romance and roses” package — consisting of a bouquet of flowers and a bubbly drink — for partners who plan to pop the big question during the sleigh ride, according to the farm’s website.

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

When: Call to reserve a time.

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

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

Enjoy a sleigh ride through upstate New York

This screenshot from Circle B Ranch’s Instagram shows the Adirondacks Ranch’s new group sled: a custom-built red sled suitable for 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 forests near its Adirondack stables. Belgian draft horses Jack and Daniels pull groups of 12 through the snow, depending on the ranch, while private groups of up to eight people can ride in a custom red sled pulled by Percheron draft horses Jake and Charlie. And couples looking for a romantic adventure can get cozy in a vintage coupe sleigh pulled by draft horses Bud or Riley.

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

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

When: Walks available until the end of February. To verify Circle B Ranch website for the exact dates.

How to book: Call (518) 494-4888 to reserve 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. According to Discover Upstate New York.

Or: 200 John Brown Road, Lake Placid

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

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


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