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Philadelphia Carriage Company was established in 1975 on the eve of the Bicentennial Celebrations here in Philadelphia, and became one of the first carriage companies in the United States. Since then we have striven to give our customers the best possible experience when visiting our city.
Hours of Operation
Mon-Fri 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM, 6 PM - 10:30 PM seasonal
Sat-Sun 9:30 AM - 10:30 PM - Evening rides subject to availability or reservations
Call for reservations!
All of our horses are draft horses and are purchased in Amish Country in Lancaster County and south. These horses are powerful! They are able to pull up to five times their own weight, and they all weigh over 1,000 pounds. Our horses have a full time job working no more than five days a week, and eight hours a day. Most get a vacation in the winter time for about three months. They have their own doctor and dentist.
All of our drivers are certified by the City of Philadelphia and the National Park. The training period lasts about two weeks, where they learn how to work with and drive the horse and learn about the history of the Independence National Park and its surrounding area. Our drivers must groom and take care of the horse and make sure they are in good health. They must also maintain their carriage and follow a dress code.
Our carriages are French style. Vis-à-vis were used in the early 1800's by the wealthy and royal class. You will also find that all of our carriages are decorated subtly with flowers and lace etc.., depending on the season or holiday. Our particular vis-à-vis carriages have doors for added protection for children and toddlers. This style of carriage is a convertible, so if it starts raining our passengers stay dry.