Some things never lose their appeal. Anything with a touch of the classical almost always manages to keep a sense of romanticism and simple pleasure about it. It’s that same sentimentality that has allowed olden-style transportation like the horse-drawn carriage to continue to thrive, particularly in romantic locations.
Niagara Falls Horse & Carriage Rides
In Niagara Falls, two tours are available on a regular basis from the comfort of a carriage. The first tour is available all through the year, departing from Queen Victoria Place Gift Shop and taking a route through the parkland and offering some glimpses of the falls as you move around the gardens.
The second tour is seasonal, only being offered in the summer, but involves the Botanical Gardens just north of Niagara Falls and covers a 99-acre area. Departure for the botanical tour is from the Butterfly Conservatory Gift Shop.
Additionally, Niagara-on-the-Lake has a tour running now as well, generally departing from the centre of town.
All of these tours are run by Sentineal Carriages, who also specialise in carriages for wedding days and New Year’s Eve.
Booking a Niagara Falls Horse & Carriage Ride
Reservations aren’t required for the two Niagara Falls tours – the carriage tours operate on a first-come, first-served basis for these – but the tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake takes bookings. Also keep in mind that different carriages are used, the Queen Victoria carriage being a larger model with a canopy and the botanical tour using a more traditional open carriage. This also means that the price model for the tours is different – the Queen Victoria Gardens and Niagara-on-the-Lake tours charges by the carriage (capable of seating up to six), while the Botanical Gardens tour is a per-person fee.
As a new way of getting around town and taking in the sights while on tour, a horse-drawn carriage ride is a unique indulgence, and well worth the experience when the weather is fine and you get the fresh breeze as you roll along. It’s a classical way to get around that’s well worth trying.
For more information visit our Tour Desk when checking in at our hotel.
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