|The Horse-Drawn Carriage Company began offering carriage rides downtown Anchorage in the fall of 1983 offering a unique experience with a truly Alaskan flavor.
In 1984, the company received a Beautification Award for Anchorage and in 1995 received a Heart of the City Award for cultural/ arts/ recreational events.
The Carriage Wheel Ranch, the home of the "Gentle Giants", is next to a rushing glacier stream called Peters Creek, just off North Birchwood Loop in Chugiak.
Carriages operate year round in front of the Hotel Captain Cook (939 W Fifth Ave.) and Glacier BrewHouse (737 W Fifth Ave.) from 7:00 until 10:30 on Friday and Saturday nights, weather permitting.
During summer, carriages operate daily. A quarter-hour ride takes you across the Delaney Park strip and the Pope's Garden, offering a scenic view of the Chugach Mountains.
A half-hour ride goes down through Boot Leggers' Cove, offering a breath taking view of Cook Inlet, Mt. Susitna and the Alaska Mountain Range, which includes Mt. McKinley and Mt. Spur. The hour rides travel through Boot Leggers' Cove and on over to West Chester Lagoon - a truly relaxing ride offering the scenic splendor, relaxation and romance that only can be found in Anchorage, Alaska.
Travel through the Birchwood countryside
The company has a sleigh which can seat 2 to 4 adults and two bob sleds that seat from 12 to 20 adults. The sleigh rides travel through the Birchwood countryside and over a one lane wooden bridge that crosses Peters Creek, adding excitement, romance and nostalgia. Wagon rides are also available with seating for 20 to 30 people. These offer an experience for group outings or neighborhood parties.
Following the ride there is an area for an after-ride bonfire and old time wiener roast along side a glacial stream. Longer rides travel into the Chugach Mountains offering inspirational and panoramic views of Cook Inlet and the magnificent Talkeetna Mountains, Mt. Susitna and Mt. McKinley. (Note: Horse Drawn Carriage Co., LLC furnishes the fire, hot water and mix for hot chocolate, hot cider drinks and stick for roasting wieners and marsh mellows. Clients to furnish food)
Formal Rides & Romantic Evenings
For a more formal experience, carriage rides are regularly scheduled in downtown Anchorage. The company has five carriages, one antique 1893 Falling Front Brougham, two white Vis a Vis carriages, white twelve passenger limo carriage and a white Cinderella carriage.
The standard size carriages will seat up to 6 adults, or just a couple for a romantic evening ride. A group may choose the Limousine style carriage, that can seat up to 12 adults. Always available to celebrate a special occasion, or for transporting the wedding party in a style that only a horse drawn carriage can offer.