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Seattle is home to eclectic architecture and a vibrant and bustling downtown area. Touring the city courtesy of a horse-drawn carriage ride offers a romantic alternative to traditional bus tours and allows guests the opportunity to sit back, relax and take in all that the Emerald City has to offer.

Emerald County Carriages
Seattle, WA
(425) 868-0621

Price: ranges from $30 for 15-minute rides to $120 and up for rides lasting an hour or more
Hours: Vary based on availability. Reservations required.

Offering its guests a variety of destinations throughout the city, Emerald Country Carriages caters to groups both large and small. From fairy-tale themed wedding services to birthday celebrations or tourist groups, Emerald Country Carriages packages that can be customized to fit most any occasion. All tours are led by professional tour guides who are well versed on Seattle’s rich history and are drawn by gorgeous percheron draft horses. Hours vary based on availability.

Price: averages $55.00 for one-hour rides
Hours: Vary based on availability

Sit back and take in Seattle’s natural beauty as Sweet Pete guides you past Seattle’s famous Space Needle and through the city’s painstakingly preserved historic district. From traditional 30-minute tours to customized packages, Sealth Horse Carriages caters to groups large and small and has earned a reputation as one of the city’s most personable carriage services. Sealth Horse Carriages features equestrians that are child friendly, and princess-themed rides are available for birthdays, weddings and other special events. Tours are available by reservation only and hours vary accordingly.

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Price: Varies from $150 for basic, 90-minute packages to $350 for longer events
Hours: Vary based on availability. Reservations strongly advised.

Specializing in romantic events, Willow’s Edge Farm offers an array of customized horse-drawn carriage rides that are perfect for weddings, bridal showers, anniversary events or special first dates. Located just 20 minutes outside of Seattle in the village of Bothell, Willows Edge Farm offers mares and stallions that are raised and cared for on the family owned company’s private farm.

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Country Wagon
P.O. Box 54
Graham, WA 98338
(360) 893-2077

Price: varies based on event and duration
Hours: based on availability. By reservation only.

Servicing the greater Seattle area, Country Wagon is known for its elegance and professionalism. It offers intimate tours for two as well as customized packages for formal events. Stage Coach rides features a variety of elegantly designed carriages in an array of sizes. Memorial coaches are also available for funeral services aboard a vintage 1840s-era functioning horse-drawn hearse. Located in Graham, Country Wagon services areas throughout the state.

Price: Varies from $55 for 3.5-hour tours to $175.00 for tours up to five hours long
Hours: Based on availability. By reservation only.

Located just of Seattle proper in the village of Kent, Falling Cedar Farm offers a trip back in time as you stroll through city streets aboard a luxury carriage drawn by fine stallions and mares. For the adventurous types, Falling Cedar Farms also offers guided horseback rides through 10 miles of wooded trails.

Rebekah Worsham is a freelance writer based in Seattle. Rebekah holds degrees in Law and Psychology and is also a certified drug interventionist. She holds interests in parapsychology and travel and her work has been published by major publications such as USA Today and Her work can be found at

Comments (17)
  1. Freedom for Carriage Horses says:

    It is very surprising and equally disappointing to see CBS shilling for the abusive and inhumane carriage horse industry. Horses belong in pastures and on farms, not dragging a carriage full of tourists along city streets. CBS is my preferred network. CBS shows are among my favorites…..Blue Bloods, Criminal Minds, NCIS, CSI….so many wonderful shows. I will miss them all when I switch to another network.

    1. Farm Mom Corinne says:

      Unfortunately, you don’t know horses. Horses LOVE to have jobs. Horses love and need to work. These horses are all well rotated and actually work less than many of their ancestors did in the day. Please don’t knock the horses having a job until you actually know what it is you are talking about.

  2. Danielle says:

    Why would you post something supporting animal abuse? Carriage horses are abused and over worked. When they can no longer pull the carriage, they are sent to slaughter. They come from the race track and the Amish, which means they live a miserable existence of working non-stop and get rewarded by being murdered. I am unfortunately a resident of a city (NY) that has carriage horses and I see first hand how miserable these horses are. I have even witnessed an accident which was the most upsetting thing to see. I will no longer follow CBS if you do not print a retraction saying that the carriage horse industry is cruel and should be banned!

  3. Vegan Dave says:

    Horses do not belong in traffic! Anyone who supports these rides is an accessory to animal cruelty! BAN HORSES IN THE CITY! [Yes, including the ones cops exploit].

  4. Vegan 4 Animals says:

    So disappointed to see this. CBS should know better than to promote animal cruelty and exploitation. Horses that are used to pull carriages suffer from abuse, neglect, exhaustion, injuries…and there have even been horses that have died in the middle of the street! To anyone reading this, please let CBS know how upset you are with this story, and please also contact the companies listed and tell them to stop using horses.

  5. Saddened and appalled says:

    I am saddened and appalled that CBS could promote this cruel form of “romantic” entertainment. Please cease promoting such revolting behavior. Horses die all the time during these carriage rides.

  6. Daniel says:

    Life is miserable for horses forced to pull carriages through cities. They spend their days inhaling fumes, and work long hours only to return to cramped stables with no access to pastures or ability to live a natural life. It is disappointing that CBS would publish such an uncritical, one-sided article.

  7. Elisa J says:

    Horses should not be exploited like this. When are we going to stop using animals for human entertainment? Horses deserve better. Animals deserve better. Animals are not just things for humans to exploit, use and abuse in endless ways.

  8. I want empathy and respect for animals says:

    Please look into the abuses of the horse carriage industry. These animals are denied their natural way of life and suffer for it. Please do not encourage this cruel industry.

  9. Anna says:

    Animal exploitation for human entertainment and profit. At least, that’s all I got from this handy list of abusers compiled by CBS.

    There’s so much to do in Seattle that doesn’t involve any suffering of anyone at all, why advertise a profession based on it, CBS?

  10. Amanda says:

    As a kid sitting in the front seat of the car with my Mom, I was terribly excited to see a horse and carriage off to the side of our vehicle. I desperately wanted to go for a ride, that is until I had the misfortune of watching the horse collapse. Not only was this moment horrific for me, but I can only imagine the terror and pain that the poor animal went through. What I witnessed as a child says it all about the horse drawn carriage and why CBS (or anyone else for that matter) shouldn’t be promoting them.

  11. Julie says:

    This is horrendous. These animals don’t deserve to be treated so cruel and inhumane. Seattle should ban this terrible act and help put an end to animal exploitation.

  12. vegangsterARNP says:

    This is the 21st century. We don’t need to use horses anymore to remind us of some ridiculous romantic idea of the past, mkay? If you want to take a trip back, watch some BBC programming. There are cars honking, pedestrians, bikers, etc. and these horses are just being abused. CBS, how much did they pay you to advertise for them? How about some REAL journalism for a change?

  13. A real horse lover says:

    You people are a bunch of morons who know nothing about horses or the horse industry first hand. Go out and visit some of the farms yourself and see where they live, how they are doted on and how they are loved and love back.
    Sheesh. Idiots. Yep, I’d call you that to your face too.

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