Olde Towne Carriages
of Fredericksburg, VA
All You need to know about us!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TOURS
• DO YOU OFFER PRIVATE RIDES?
Yes. Olde Towne Carriages offers many private rides, were our customers can reserve the whole carriage. Elegant Carriages seat 4, wagonettes seat 6, and our hay wagon seats up to 10. Our elegant carriages are also available for weddings, bridal showers, girls night out, reunions, parties, corporate events and more.
• ARE THE CARRIAGES HANDICAPPED ACCESSIBLE?
No, our carriages are not handicapped accessible. And if you have mobility challenges you may have a hard time getting into the carriages. We suggest booking the private ride which utilize the elegant carriages for people with challenges as they are easy to access.
• CAN WE SIT TOGETHER?
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis on our group tours. Since the private rides are private you will be seated together. The carriage is generally open for seating 10 minutes prior to departure.
• HOW MANY SEATS?
Our standard use carriage can seat six adults. We allow lap children they must be under the age of five and must actually sit on your lap.
• IS THIS A STEP-ON, STEP-OFF SERVICE?
Yes, we offer the Adults Only Tour which allows you to exit the carriage and walk Sunken Road, which is were the Union and Confederate Army fought the most devastating battle in the area.
• DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE?
Advance purchase required for all tours with the exception of the historical tours. Even our historic tours often sell out, especially May through October and near holiday weekends. To secure the day and time you prefer, you may purchase tickets through the book it button on our pages.
• CAN WE EAT OR DRINK CARRIAGE?
Bottled water and coffee cups with lids are fine, no food.
• WHERE CAN WE PARK DOWNTOWN?
There are several options when parking:
• HOW LONG DOES THE DOWNTOWN TOUR TAKE?
We have two fully narrated historic tours in downtown Fredericksburg, the short tour takes approximately 45 mins and the Adults Only tour lasts approximately 75 minutes. All private rides are approximately 60 mins. **Please note the actual time of the tour depends on the pace of each individual horse. **
• WHAT IS THE COST FOR THE HISTORICAL TOURS?
The adult ticket for the Historical Group Tour is $20. Tickets for children 5-12 years old are $10. Children younger than five ride for free. However, they will need to sit on a parent’s lap if the carriage is full. The cost for the Adult Only Group Tour is $25 per adult, no children on this tour.
• WHY DO YOUR TOURS COST MORE THAN THE TROLLEY OR OTHER TOURS?
To transport the horses downtown, wash them, groom them and clean carriages is very labor intense, and it takes more than one person to ready the horse and carriage, so we have to charge a little more to cover our expenses.
• WHAT SITES DO WE SEE ON THE DOWNTOWN TOUR?
We will view many of Fredericksburg’s most historic monuments, markers and attractions, including Mary Washington’s home, the James Monroe Museum and Kenmore Plantation. On our Adults Only Tour we drive to the Fredericksburg Civil War battlefield at Marye’s Heights.
• DO YOU DO TOURS IN THE RAIN?
Yes, -- but -- not in thunderstorms. If extended periods of rain or inclement weather are forecasted, we may close for the day. Call 540-371-0094 if the weather is questionable.
•ARE YOUR CARRIAGES COVERED?
Yes. The roof offers shade during sunny weather and some protection from rain–but if it’s raining hard, you will get wet. Lightweight ponchos are available for purchase.
• ARE YOUR CARRIAGES HEATED?
No, please come prepared when it is cold outside. Wear gloves, hats, heavy coats and bring hand warmers. We reserve the right to cancel your ride if children are not appropriately dressed for cold weather.
• IS THE CARRIAGE RIDE APPROPRIATE FOR VERY SMALL CHILDREN?
This is up to you! Our rides roughly run an hour and our drivers give a guided tour, for some it’s fascinating and enchanting. Others, find this too long a time to sit still. We ask parents to make the judgment call. We do have rides specifically for adults.
• IS THERE A WEIGHT LIMIT
Yes, if you are over 275 lbs. you may want to consider purchasing two tickets to make the ride roomier.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR HORSES
• DOES THE HORSE LIKE HIS JOB?
Carriage horses are bred to work in harness. In fact, the exercise keeps them fit and healthy. Horses recognize, respond to and develop an affection for their drivers.
• DOES THE PAVEMENT HURT HIS HOOVES?
No, not if the horse is walking. We do not trot the horse with exception of going up a hill. The decision to trot or not is left up to the horse. We rotate our horses, so they do not work everyday to keep any stress on hooves and legs at a minimum.
• MAY I PET THE HORSE?
Each horse is different, some horse will bite. If they do not have a ride, they like to take a nap, so we prefer you do not pet them. Always ask the driver if it is safe to touch the horse.
• HOW MUCH WEIGHT CAN A HORSE PULL?
A horse can easily pull a wheeled vehicle that is six (6) times his own weight, however most carriage horses are used at only 25% of that capacity.
• WHAT IS THE AVERAGE LIFE EXPECTANCY OF A HORSE?
Twenty-five to 30 years. Horses have been known to live well into their 40s. It depends their care.
• IS IT NORMAL FOR A HORSE TO SWEAT?
Yes. It is a natural cooling process, just as it is with people.
• HOW DO HORSES REST?
Horses usually sleep standing up, often with one hind foot cocked.
• HOW OFTEN DO YOU FEED THE HORSE?
A horse consumes two or three meals of hay/grain per day.
• CAN I FEED THE HORSE?
Good question! Unfortunately we can’t allow anyone but our drivers to feed or water the horse.
DO CARS SCARE THE HORSE?
Not usually, in fact a professional carriage horse is just like any other driver on the road, aware but not scared. Most of our horses have been working the street for eight years and are very comfortable. Our professional tour guides are trained to recognize the emotion, moods and body language of the horses so they can be proactive in reassuring the horse during any stressful situations.