13 Nostalgic Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides & Carriage Rides in Michigan

Sleigh Rides and Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides are Great for Couples or Groups

There’s something magical about horses and snow and sleighs all mingled together. Horse drawn sleigh rides are an awesome outdoor winter activity.

Whether you want an urban backdrop or to dash through the snowy field in a one-horse open sleigh, Michigan is dotted with memorable sleigh ride experiences.

And if you like the idea of horse-drawn sleigh rides, we think you might also love visiting one of Michigan’s Magical Reindeer Farms.

West Michigan Sleigh Rides

Known for our mounds of lake effect snow, this may be the area for the best sleigh rides around the state.

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Fruit Ridge Hayrides

1966 Fruit Ridge NW, Kent City, MI 49330
2024 Dates: Groups may book any day, by reservation only
Tickets: $200 per hour (up to 10 people)

Take a ride through a winter wonderland on a sleigh ride and then cozy up together around a warm campfire.

Access to picnic area, play area, and petting zoo is included.

Rides are approximately one hour and may be combined with a one-hour campfire, either before or after the ride.

Reservations are required. (Sleigh rides are not wheelchair accessible.)

Rise & Ride Ranch

2855 36th St, Allegan, MI 49010
2024 Dates: By appointment only
Tickets: $100

Join us for a couples horse-drawn carriage ride at our peaceful, private ranch!

Relax to the sound of Miss Lakota’s hoof steps as this sweet lady trots along quiet rural roads.

Take in the natural beauty of west Michigan’s forest landscape the “old fashioned” way.

This is a one hour couples ride, with a max of 3 people (depending on size).

Call 616-422-8200 to make an appointment.

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Post Family Farm

5081 Bauer Rd., Hudsonville, MI 49426
2024 Dates: By appointment only
Tickets: $400/ first 12 people, $10 each additional person

Experience Michigan’s winter wonderland while on a horse-drawn sleigh!

Enjoy the sound of sleigh bells and a steaming cup of hot cocoa as you glide over the snow on the 80-acre farm. Private group sleigh rides available by advance reservation.

Horse-drawn sleigh rides are weather permitting. If the conditions are not suitable for the skis, it will be a horse-drawn ride on a wagon.

It is not handicap accessible.

During the month of December 2023, they also offer “Over the Creek and Through the Woods” Horse-Drawn Rides. Admission is $15/person for ages 2 and up and includes a bonfire with hot cocoa and marshmallows and access to farm animals and play areas.

Classic Carriage 

Southwest corner of Pearl & Monroe, in front of PNC Bank and across from the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
171 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

2024 Dates: Friday and Saturday evenings beginning at 7 pm
Sunday through Thursday and earlier times on Friday & Saturday by appointment only.
Tickets: $60 per half hour – $90 per hour (driver gratuities not included, but appreciated)

Tour downtown Grand Rapids in a horse drawn white Vis-a-Vis carriage.

Carriage comfortably accommodates four adult passengers and features authentic Amish lap blankets, electric carriage lamps and convertible tops to cover the passenger area of the carriage.

There is also a two-person Victorian carriage available as well as a larger 8 – 10 person wagonette.

Advance reservations required, no refunds. Cash or check only.

Common Gentry Carriage Company

146 Monroe Center St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
(Rosa Parks Circle in front of Biggby Coffee and Kilwins Chocolate)

2024 Dates: Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Tickets: $60 for up to 6 passengers. 1 hour tour is $90

Create unforgettable memories on a classic winter sleigh ride.

As the horse steps along in the snow, you’ll listen to the sound of German sleigh bells ringing across the countryside, while you sit cuddled up with your loved one in our 1800’s horse drawn sleigh. Lap blankets provided.

Carriage rides downtown include an optional narrated tour of the highlights of Grand Rapids’ history.

Walk-ups are welcome or you can call to make a reservation.

Other tour options include Princess Party, Western themed events and horse drawn nostalgic town coach.

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Healey’s Outback Ranch

12600 Buchanan Rd., Stanwood, MI 49346
2022 Dates: Weekends by appointment only
Tickets: $75

Cozy up with family and friends for a 35 minute ride through the crisp woods and warm up with some hot cocoa and a homemade treat upon return.

A good base of snow is needed in order for the sleigh rides to run.

Up to 6 adults can enjoy the horse drawn sleigh ride.

PLUS stayed tuned to their Facebook page for news of special sleigh rides for the Christmas season.

Wild West Ranch Sleigh Rides

1865 52 St., Fennville, MI 49408
2024 Dates: By appointment
Tickets: $100 a couple

Bundle up and have some fun with these sleigh rides.

Rides are 40 minutes long.

By appointment, weather permitting.

All rides are by reservation only. Call to book your time.

Other Michigan Sleigh Rides

Most of these sleigh rides are up north, where you can add them to your skiing or winter resort getaway.

Or you can head to Frankemnuth, just south of the bay area. Michigan’s Little Bavaria and Christmastown USA has horse-drawn carriage rides through their old world downtown.

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Treetops Resort

3962 Wilkinson Rd, Gaylord, MI 49735
2024 Dates: Saturdays, January 6 – March 9 plus Dec 26 – 30, 2023
Tickets: $30 per person, ages 13 & up; $20 per person, ages 4 to 12; Free for lap children, ages 3 & under; private sleigh ride $400

Take a fairy-tale-like sleigh ride at Treetops Resort. Rides include hot chocolate.

Rides are weather dependent; we cannot guarantee if your ride will be in a sleigh or wagon until the day of the event.

Guests meet at the Jones Activity Center to check-in.

Sleigh and meeting point are not wheelchair accessible.

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Crystal Mountain Resort

12500 Crystal Mountain Dr., Thompsonville, Michigan 49683
2024 Dates: Saturdays, January 6 – March 30 plus Dec 22, 2023 – Jan 5, 2024
Tickets: $12 per person. Children ages 2 and under are free.

Ride on a surrey pulled by gentle Belgian horses.

Complimentary hot chocolate concludes the ride.

Rides are approximately 20-25 minutes in length. Advance reservations required. 

Fantasy Carriage Company

780 Mill Street, Frankenmuth, MI 48734
2023 Dates: December 10, 2023 – January 2, 2024; Feb 2024 TBA
Tickets: 15 minutes -$105.06, 30 minutes-$179.22, 1 hour -$327.54, 1 1/2 hours -$475.86 (The longer two rides only available on select days)    

Enjoy a Fantasy Horse Drawn Carriage ride through the uniquely decorated streets of Frankenmuth. During the Christmas season carriages are draped with garland and twinkling lights.

While sitting on the crushed velvet seats of our Vis-a-Vis carriages, enjoy holiday themed music along with the horse’s jingling sleigh bells.

Reservations recommended and must be pre-paid. Walk-ups available.

We will also be taking pictures of your group. We will take one outside with your horse and carriage and one inside. Reservations will automatically have these included in the package. Walk ups will be able to view and purchase at the end of the ride. They are 2-5×7’s and it is $25.

You may choose to a la carte Souvenir Blankets and or Hot Chocolate to your reservation.

Prices are PER carriage. NOT per person. We can accommodate up to 6 people.

Call or text 989-245-1891 for reservations.

Ranch Rudolf

6841 Brown Bridge Rd, Traverse City, MI 49696
2023 – 2024 Dates: First week in December through first week in March
Tickets: Groups of 2-10 people: $170, Groups of 11+ people:  $17/person (ages 2 and under are free of charge), Maximum ride size: 20 people          

Take a horse-drawn hayride with beautiful Belgian horses, Beau and Knox.
Bundle up (snow gear is encouraged and you are also welcome to bring blankets along if desired) to enjoy an approximately 40 minute ride in the Boardman River Valley.  You will sit in an open bed of hay in our big bobsled.  There is also one bench seat available directly behind the driver. 

The drivers will decide if they will hook horses to the wagon or sleigh based on current conditions. 

Depending on your date, the lodge may be open for food and/or beverages following your ride.  Please inquire at time of reservation.

Reservations are required for this activity.  Please call 231-947-9529 to reserve a ride for your group.

Antler Ridge Farms

6259 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690
2024 Dates: Weekends starting Jan 1 plus Dec 23, 24, 26 – 31, 2023
Tickets: $195, up to 12 people          

Antler Ridge Farm has been providing horse drawn sleigh rides since 1982.

Enjoy an old fashioned sleigh ride out to the woods for a bonfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows to roast. 

You will be pulled by two Percheron Draft Horses, Dixie and Danny.

All rides are by appointment only & all dates are weather permitting. 

Blankets not provided. No indoor restrooms on-site, only port-a-johns.

You may bring apples and carrots to feed their reindeer and horses. 

Fantail Farm

4700 Wallaker Rd, Benzonia, MI 49616
2024 Dates:  Weekdays and weekends through February
Tickets: $80, two person sleigh; $100 group of 1 – 6; $16.75/pp group of 7 – 10        

Fantail Farm offers several options to give you the best sleigh ride experience. Choose a cozy two person sleigh or a more spacious sleigh for up to 10 adults. You can even book a marriage proposal option!

Sleigh rides are 45 to 55 minutes long, over gently rolling trails that wind through 90 acres of woods. 

Hot cocoa will be provided in a warming shed for your group at the end of your sleigh ride.  Sometimes there’s also a campfire.
Bring your own lap blankets. No indoor heated restrooms, just an outdoor Jon.

To make a reservation, call  231-930-7216. No online reservations.

5 thoughts on “13 Nostalgic Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides & Carriage Rides in Michigan”

  1. As of 11/13/22 Double JJ resort doesn’t have any horses to pull their sleigh & it’s not looking good for the 2022 winter/Christmas season.

  2. I don’t see any of these in an actual SLEIGH
    like in the picture..red sleigh or grey at end of article.. for 2 or 4…. aren’t there any REAL OLD FASHION SLEIGHS??

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