The holidays and winter may not be the best time to be outdoors, but a carriage ride through downtown Fort Wayne makes for a magical experience and the perfect end to a romantic evening!
Carriage Rides in Fort Wayne, Indiana
In December 2015, my children and I took a special horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Fort Wayne with Sentimental Journey.
After listening to the weather forecast which predicted a moderately cool evening with no wind, I called Cindy, owner of Sentimental Journey. We arrived at Don Hall's Gas House (305 E. Superior Street) at the designated time and climbed aboard the sturdy carriage for a 30-minute stroll through downtown Fort Wayne streets. Cindy provided a large, heavy lap robe that covered all three of us and we snuggled together, listening as she offered information about some of the familiar locales that look so different at night with holiday lights. We thoroughly enjoyed gazing at the sites at a much slower pace than we’re used to.
Cost: $40 for 30-minute ride; $80 for a 60-minute ride. The carriage holds up to four adults. Cindy also has a wagon available for larger parties of up to eight adults. In inclement weather, the carriage and wagon can be covered on the sides.
Sentimental Journey is one of three carriage companies that provide rides through Fort Wayne year-round starting at 6 p.m. They are available most nights through December at the Gas House. Reservations are recommended closer to holidays.
Call to reserve your carriage ride - (260) 341-1133
Kolette Frazier-Winstead, the owner of Rosewood Carriage Rides, invites everyone to experience rides in her white Vis-à-vis carriages pulled by majestic Percheron and Belgians.
Cost: $50 for 30-minute ride; $100 for a 60-minute ride. The carriage holds up to four adults.
Note: Due to COVID-19, blankets will not be provided. You may bring your own blanket with you.
Call to reserve your carriage ride - (260) 637-5261
DeAnn Lengerich, owner and operator of Camelot Carriage Rides, has been in business since 1997. Her teams of white Percheron and black Clydesdales pull carriage and wagons from Don Hall's Gas House, but special pick up locations can be negotiated. DeAnn and her crew provide monologs about the history of downtown Fort Wayne.
Cost: $40 for 30-minute ride; $80 for a 60-minute ride. The carriage holds up to four adults.
Call to reserve your carriage ride - (260) 223-2417
This post was originally published in December 2016 and has been reformatted and updated