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.
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.
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
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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