Horse and carriage rides. Is there anything more romantic or sentimental? Especially for those once-in-a-lifetime occasions you want commemorate, but also for those otherwise normal nights out when you just feel like doing something special.  

If you are visiting Fort Wayne or are just downtown for an event, why not book a carriage to make your night complete? Full disclosure, here. My husband and I have used two of the three horse and carriage companies I'll profile below. One on the day we got married- we rode from the church to our reception, and one on our anniversary 10 years later- we took a tour of downtown. Both times were wonderful, and both companies professional with outstanding service. Here are your three choices if you'd like to book your adventure!

Camelot Carriage Rides In business since 1997, Camelot Carriage Rides is a family-owned and family-run business. "Camelot Carriage Rides' drivers are very courteous and safety-conscious. Our customers are our number one priority. Our drivers are dressed in the appropriate attire for your occasion, whether it be a wedding or proposal, or just an evening night out with your special significant other." Camelot's horses are Draft horses- White Percheron and Black Clydesdale, and the carriages are white Vis-a-Vis, which can be open or fully enclosed. You can also choose a full-size wagon for large groups. Details: Rides begin and end at Don Hall's Gas House & Takaoka downtown, although special locations can be negotiated. Call 260-223-2417 for more information. For tours in and around downtown Fort Wayne, $35 gets you half an hour, and $65 one hour.



Rosewood Carriage Rides Rosewood Carriage Rides is another great option. In business since 2003, Rosewood is based in Huntertown, but serves Fort Wayne and the surrounding areas. "Rosewood is a licensed family owned business whose owner has operated carriages since 1984 and prides itself on providing safe and excellent service to all customers. Our white Vis-a-Vis carriages can be transported to your location and completely enclosed to protect passengers from foul weather. Coachmen are experienced professionals and are always suitable dressed for the occasion. A majestic Percheron Draft horse pulls each carriage so you can sit back and enjoy the leisurely pace of a horse-drawn carriage ride." Details: Rides begin and end at Don Hall's Gas House & Takaoka downtown, although special locations can be negotiated. To tour downtown Fort Wayne, $35 gets you half an hour, and $70 one hour. To make special arrangements, call 260-637-5261.


Sentimental Journey Carriage Rides Last, but not least, is Sentimental Journey Carriage Rides. Like Camelot and Rosewood, Sentimental Journey has both carriages for a more intimate ride and larger wagons for big groups. "Sentimental Journey began in 1993 and offers three elegant white carriages and four beautiful horses to make your occasion spectacular." Details: Rides begin and end at Don Hall's Gas House & Takaoka downtown, although special locations can be negotiated.  $35 gets you half an hour, and $70 one hour for tours of downtown Fort Wayne.  Most days, 24-hour notice is all you need to book your ride! Call 260-341-1133 to arrange special occasions.



If you've never taken a carriage ride downtown, what are you waiting for? Take your sweetie, your whole family (carriages will hold two adults plus two to three kids) or a group of your BFFs (reserve a wagon!), sit back, relax and enjoy the view. It will be the best money you've ever spent to get around the Fort. What better way to see the holiday lights? Insider's Tip: While all three companies provide heavy blankets for your comfort, don't forget to bundle up! Afterwards, stop by Henry's for a nightcap.