- The carriages depart from Central Park South and are reservation only.
- Once you have made a booking with us, just present your ticket to the next available driver with the Central Park Sightseeing Logo on the Carriage, they will check you in and take you on your ride.
- Each carriage seats up to four adults, or two adults, and three children under 12.
- Please note that once a ticket is issued, there are no refunds on the carriage rides. However, we’d be happy to rebook it for you to another day or time if you are unable to go on the specific day or your plans change.
Central Park Horse and Carriage Tours
- 15-20 Minute Short Ride: $57.47 per carriage plus fees
- 45-50 Minute Long Ride: $126.44 per carriage plus fees
Horse and carriage tours are NOT subject to sales tax in New York State.
- Daytime Shift: 10:00 am until 4:00 pm
- Shift Change: 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm
- Evening Shift: 7:00 pm until 10:00 pm
- Central Park South at Center Drive
- Intersection of 59th Street and 6th Avenue
- Across from the Ritz-Carlton Hotel
Rules of the City of New York
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING OF RENTAL HORSES
When used in these regulations:
Abuse. “Abuse” means the failure to provide care for a horse in the manner prescribed by
these regulations and/or Subchapter 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 17 of the New York City
Administrative Code, or any other physical maltreatment of the rental horse.
Adverse weather conditions. “Adverse weather conditions” means any weather
conditions which are hazardous to the health and safety of horse, driver, rider or public.
ASPCA. “ASPCA” means the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Bureau of Animal Affairs. “Bureau of Animal Affairs” means the Bureau of Animal
Affairs Of the Department of Health.
Carriage horse. “Carriage horse” means any horse which is used by its owner or any
other person to pull any vehicle, carriage, sled, sleigh or other device in exchange for a
fee. A horse rented or leased by its owner to another for any of the foregoing purposes
shall be deemed to be a carriage horse for the purposes of this title.
Commissioner. “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of the New York City
Department of Health.
Department. “Department” means the New York City Department of Health.
Driver. “Driver” means an individual licensed by the New York City Department of
Consumer Affairs to operate a horse drawn carriage for a fee.
Duplicate tag or certificate. “Duplicate tag or certificate” shall include any replacement
of the original thereof.
Fee. “Fee” means a monetary or other consideration for the rental of a horse.
Owner. “Owner” means the owner of a horse which is required to be licensed pursuant to
these regulations and the owner of a rental horse business in which such horse is used.
Person. “Person” means an individual, partnership, corporation, association or other legal
Rental horse. “Rental horse” means a horse which is used in a rental horse business.
Rental horse business. “Rental horse business” means a business enterprise which
provides or offers the use of a horse to the public for a fee for the purpose of riding or
drawing a horse drawn vehicle or which operates a horse drawn vehicle for hire such as a
horse drawn cab.
Rider. “Rider” means an individual to whom a riding horse is rented for a fee.
Riding horse. “Riding horse” means a horse which is available to the public for a fee for
the purpose of riding.
Stable. “Stable” means any place, establishment or facility where one or more rental
horses are housed or maintained.
Under tack. “Under tack” means that a horse is equipped for riding or driving.
Veterinarian. “Veterinarian” means a person licensed to practice veterinary medicine in
the State of New York.
Work. “Work” means a horse is considered to be at work when it is out of its stable and
presented to the public as being available for riding, pulling carriages, vehicles or other
devices, or when it is saddled or in harness or when it is being ridden or is pulling a
carriage, vehicle or device.
§4-02 Administrative Requirements.
(1) No person shall use or offer the use of a horse in a Rental Horse Business
unless such horse is licensed pursuant to the provisions of these
regulations. For purposes of these regulations, the use of a horse in a
Rental Horse Business means that a horse is used or offered for use for the
purposes of riding or is used in the operation of a horse drawn vehicle for
hire, such as a horse drawn cab.
(2) A license shall be issued for a term of one year from the date of issuance
thereof and shall be renewed prior to the expiration of such date.
(3) The annual fee for a license or renewal shall be twenty-five dollars.
(4) An application for a license or renewal of a license shall be made to the
Department. Such application shall contain the name and address of the
owner of the horse and rental horse business in which such horse is to be
used, the age, sex, color, marks and any other identifying marks such as
brands or tattoos of the horse, the location of the stables where the horse is
to be kept and any other information which these regulations may require.
The application shall be accompanied by the license or renewal fee. No
license shall be transferable. Upon the transfer of ownership of any horse,
the new owner shall obtain a license for such horse within 15 days of the
(5) The Commissioner shall not issue or renew a horse license unless he is
satisfied that the provisions of the New York City Health Code, the
Administrative Code and these regulations will be met.
(b) Identification tag and certificate of license.
(1) Each horse licensed pursuant to the provisions of these regulations shall be
assigned an official identification number by the Department. Such
identification number must be heat branded on a hoof and shall be rebranded whenever that number is no longer clearly visible. Each number
shall be at least 3/4 inch high. Such identification number shall also be
inscribed on a metal tag which shall be securely attached to the right cheek
strap of each rental horse at all times when the horse is at work. Such tag
shall be issued to the owner with the Certificate of License. Duplicate tags
and Certificate of Horse License shall be issued only upon surrender of the
original or proof of loss, satisfactory to the Department, and payment of a
fee of $2.00.
(2) The Certificate of License shall at all times remain at the stable where the
horse is kept and shall be available for inspection by any police officer,
agent of the Department and the ASPCA, or to veterinarians employed or
retained by the Department or ASPCA, or employees of the Department of
Consumer Affairs or any persons designated by the Commissioner to
enforce these regulations.
(c) Disposition [upon death or transfer of ownership] of licensed horses.
(1) If a horse dies while at work or under suspicious circumstances the Bureau of
Animal Affairs of the Department must be notified within 12 hours of death.
Remains shall not be removed from the City of New York nor disposed of for
a minimum of 24 hours of such notice unless prior approval is given by the
Bureau. The Bureau may order the delivery of the remains to the ASPCA or
other approved veterinary organization for the purpose of performing an
(2) The Bureau shall be notified of the transfer of ownership or other disposition
of a licensed horse within 10 days thereafter. Such notice shall include date of
disposition and if sold in New York City, the name and address of buyer or
other transferee. In the case of death, the notice shall include the date of death.
A licensed horse covered by these regulations, shall not be sold or disposed of
except in a humane manner.
(d) Inspection and record keeping.
(1) Stables in which horses used in a rental horse business are kept shall be open
for inspection by authorized officers, veterinarians and employees of the
Department of Health, and any persons designated by the Commissioner to
enforce the provisions of this title, agents of the ASPCA, police officers, and
employees of the Department of Consumer Affairs.
(2) An owner of a Rental Horse Business shall keep such records in the form
shown in Appendix A, including but not limited to, a consecutive daily record
of the movement of each licensed horse including driver’s name and
identification number, if applicable, rider’s name, horse’s identification
number, vehicle license plate number, if applicable, time of leaving stable and
time of return to stable. Such records shall be kept on the premises of the
stable where the horses are kept and shall be available for inspection. A stable
where rental horses are kept or maintained shall have a time clock or similar
tamper-proof device to record by date and time the movement of a horse
covered by these regulations to and from work.
(a) Stable premises.
(1) Walls and ceilings. Walls and ceilings shall be covered with a smooth,
nonabsorbent light-colored finish and shall be maintained clean at all times.
(2) Floors. Floors shall be level, free of holes and openings and graded for proper
drainage to trapped sewer connections.
(3) Doors. Doors to the exterior shall be properly rodent-proofed.
(4) Toilets. A sufficient number of toilets and sinks with running water, soap and
individual clean towels or mechanical drying devices shall be provided for the
use of the employees.
(5) Storage areas. Storage areas shall be of adequate size, and shall be insect and
rodent-proofed so as to provide no harborage and remain vermin free.
(6) Fire hazards. Premises shall be kept free of fire hazards.
(b) Internal temperature and ventilation. An internal temperature of at least 35
degrees Fahrenheit shall be maintained in stables during the winter months.
Adequate ventilation shall be maintained, but rental horses shall not be
unnecessarily exposed to drafts in stables during cold weather.
(c) General sanitation. All interior areas of a stable, and all exterior areas surrounding
a stable shall be kept clean, properly drained and free of nuisances including, but
not limited to, odors and accumulation of refuse or excrement. Each stable where
rental horses are kept shall have implements and materials such as brooms, hoses,
hose connections, covered metal receptacles, brushes, disinfectants and detergents
as may be required to maintain sanitary conditions.
(d) Rodent and insect control. A pest control program acceptable to the Department
shall be maintained.
(e) Lighting. All parts of premises shall be adequately lighted by natural or artificial
means so as to permit the activity for which the premises are used to be carried on
safely and to permit effective inspection and the cleaning of the premises.
(f) Stalls. Stalls in stables shall be a minimum of four feet wide, ten feet long, with a
ceiling clearance of at least nine feet. Bedding shall be changed at least once
daily, and shall be at least three inches deep.
(g) Other laws. Rental Horse Business stables shall comply with all applicable
provisions of the New York City Administrative Code including but not limited to
the Building, Fire and Electrical Codes and shall also comply with the applicable
provisions of the New York City Health Code.
§4-04 Horse Care.
(a) Abuse. No person shall abuse or knowingly permit others to abuse a horse.
(b) Food and water. Rental horses while at work shall be allowed to drink. However,
a rental horse shall not be allowed to drink in large quantities unless it is first
rested. Troughs shall be cleaned daily. Sufficient nutritional foods* and water
shall be provided free of dust, mold, vermin and other contaminants. Rental
horses shall be fed at least twice daily with the larger feeding being provided after
the horse has completed work.
(c) Medical care. Every horse required to be licensed hereunder shall be examined by
a veterinarian prior to its use in a rental horse business and thereafter at intervals
of not less than once a year. The horse shall be examined and treated for internal
parasites; for its general physical condition, which is to include inspection of
teeth, hoofs, and shoes; and for its physical ability to perform the work or duties
as required of it. The examination shall also include a record of any injury,
disease, or deficiency observed by the veterinarian at the time, together with any
prescription or humane correction or disposition of the same. A health certificate
provided by the Department and signed by the examining veterinarian shall be
maintained at the stable premises at which such horse is located, and shall contain
the identification number, age and condition of the horse, as well as the maximum
number of hours a day that, in the opinion of the veterinarian said horse should
work. A copy of said certificate shall be mailed to the Bureau of Animal Affairs.
(d) Equipment. Saddles, blankets, harnesses, bridles and bits and any other equipment
shall be properly fitted and kept in good repair. Blankets, bridles and bits shall not
be used by another horse unless it is first disinfected and disinsected.
(e) Grooming. Horses shall be kept clean and in an ectoparasites control program.
Horses shall be trimmed or shod at least every three to six weeks or sooner, if
§4-05 Working Conditions.
(a) Control. It shall be the responsibility of owners, drivers, and riders to protect the
horse and, when under their control, to ensure that the horse is not left to roam
freely and possibly cause harm to the public or itself.
(1) Owners shall not allow a horse to be worked on a public highway, path or
street during adverse weather or other conditions which are a threat to the
health or safety of the horse and the public. Adverse weather conditions shall
include but not be restricted to snow, ice, heavy rain or other slippery
conditions. A horse being worked when such conditions develop shall be
returned to the stable by the most direct route as soon as practicable.
(2) Whenever the air temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above and/or the wet
bulb temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or above all rental horses must
immediately cease working, be offered shade when available, be rested and
cooled off, and then walked to their stable. All horses so ordered to return to
their stable must be unbridled and remain at the stable for at least one hour
and until both the wet bulb temperature is less than 85 degrees Fahrenheit and
the air temperature is less than 90 degrees Fahren- heit.
(3) During the winter months, horses stationed outdoors while awaiting riders or
passengers shall be covered with blankets.
(c) Work and rest periods.
(1) Carriage horses shall not be at work for more than ten hours in any continuous
twenty-four hour period. Riding horses shall not be at work for more than
eight hours in any continuous twenty-four hour period.
(2) There shall be a rest period of the following duration:
(i) Riding horses—fifteen minutes for every riding hour.
(ii) Carriage horses—fifteen minutes for every two pulling hours.
(d) Permissible riding paces. Carriage horses shall not be driven at a pace faster than
a trot. Riding horses may be ridden at a canter but shall not be galloped.
(e) Physical condition. A horse required to be licensed pursuant to these regulations
which is lamed or suffers from a physical condition or illness making it unsuitable
for work may be ordered to be removed from work by the Commissioner or his
designee or by an agent of the ASPCA or a veterinarian employed or retained by
such Commissioner or ASPCA to inspect licensed horses. A horse for which such
an order has been issued shall not be returned to work until it has recovered from
the condition which caused the issuance of the order or until such condition has
improved sufficiently that its return to work will not aggravate the condition or
otherwise endanger the health of the horse. In any proceeding, under this section,
it shall be presumed that a horse which is found at work within forty-eight hours
after the issuance of an order of removal and which is disabled by the same
condition which caused such order to be issued has been returned to work in
violation of this section. Such presumption may be rebutted by offering a
certificate of a veterinarian indicating suitability to return to work prior to the
expiration of the forty-eight hour period.
§4-06 Owners, Riders and Operators.
(a) Use of alcohol or drugs. No person shall ride a horse or shall operate a horse
drawn carriage while under the influence of alcohol or drugs or knowingly permit
others to do so.
(b) Age. Owners and drivers of horse drawn carriages shall be of such age and
experience as specified in the Department of Consumer Affairs Rules and
(c) Provision for mounts for those who hire. Owners of riding horses shall be
responsible for providing a suitable mount for persons who hire a horse for riding
(d) Provision for escorts. No person shall be permitted to take a riding horse off the
stable grounds without the escort of a properly experienced rider unless such
person has demonstrated sufficient skill in handling of the horse in the presence of
(e) Joint liability of owner and renter. An owner shall be jointly liable with the person
to whom a horse is rented for any violation of these regulations committed by
such person if the owner had knowledge or notice of such act and did not attempt
to prevent it from occurring.
Owners, operators, or riders of horses shall be in violation of these regulations
and of Subchapter 3 of Chapter 3 of Title 17 of the New York City
Administrative Code if a horse is abused during their ownership, care or custody.
Joint responsibility for a horse shall exist under circumstances as described in §4-
(f) Civil violations and penalties. Any violation of Subchapter 3 of Chapter 3 of Title
17 of the New York City Administrative Code or of these regulations may be
prosecuted as civil violations subject to a civil penalty of a sum not less than
twenty-five nor more than five hundred dollars or by the suspension from work of
the horse with respect to which the act which caused the violation was committed
or by both such civil penalty and suspension. Civil violations, under these
regulations shall be adjudicated before the Administrative Tribunal of the
(g) Appeals. An appeal from such prosecution may be had as provided for in Article 7
of the New York City Health Code.
§4-07 Training Program for Drivers of Horse Drawn Cabs; Fees.
Each person registering for the training program offered to drivers of horse drawn cabs
shall pay a fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00). Except where the person has received
course materials or has attended any part of the course, said fee shall be refundable upon
request made prior to the conclusion of the course.
Departure Location: 59th Street, New York, NY, USA
Central Park Sightseeing Carriage Rides
Operating Hours 10am-10pm daily
Departure Location: 59st and 6th ave. Show your voucher to the carriages who have “Central Park Sightseeing” sign.
Each Carriage can take up to 4 adults or 3 adults and 2 kids under 12 years old.
Please NOTE from 4PM-630PM, There are fewer carriages than normal due to the driver shift change. For any questions or assistance call our store number 212-975-0785 from 9AM-7PM daily.
All prices are per carriage (up to four people), not per person.
Central Park Horse and Carriage
There is nothing more romantic or charming than seeing Central Park from the back of a horse-drawn carriage. The feeling of stepping back a little in time is one never to be forgotten. Sitting shoulder to shoulder beside the person you love as you meander through the most beautiful park in Manhattan, wondering if he or she planned for the stars to come out early is one of the most whimsical of lover’s dreams. Perhaps there will be a proposal… or perhaps just being near each other is perfection. The soft jostle of the carriage rocking to the gait of the horse ahead and the gentle sound of hooves on pavement are a balm to the soul you will feel as your guide points out several popular and some secret places of NYC’s crown jewel of parks. If you have eyes only for the person beside you, ignore the guide. He won’t mind at all.
On the other hand, Central Park Sightseeing’s prearranged horse and carriage rides allow up to four adults per carriage. We will try to accommodate all the sights you wish to see and more. Perfect for any family outing or a birthday party for your prince or princess of any age. They will see the park with new eyes forever more and maybe keep that magic within them for so much longer than the 45 minutes of the average carriage ride.
However, an increasingly popular favorite is the single-person carriage ride. Sit back and relax in the privacy and safety of your personal carriage as your guide shows you New York’s Central Park as you have always wished to see it. Take your time, have fun and ‘play tourist’ – even if you aren’t one.
Allow Central Park Sightseeing’s trained professionals help you plan everything to show your love to your significant other. Whether that person will be saying “Yes! I will marry you”, blowing out a candle on their birthday cupcake, or taking time to stop and smell the roses, making each ride special is what we do.
Operation Days: Daily, year-round.
Horse and Carriage Departure Point: 59th Street and 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10019
Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Duration:20 or 45 minutes approximately
Summer/Fall:In warm weather, dress light, wear sunblock & bring comfortable shoes.
Winter/Spring:In cool weather, wear layered clothing to ensure comfort.
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