Carriage-drawn tours make sightseeing easier, since the gravitational pull of large, rotating wheels draws landmarks nearer. Employ gravity as Newton intended with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a 15-minute Christmas carriage tour for four at Carousel Horse Farm in Freeport (a $40 value). Christmas carriage tours are available on Friday and Saturday evenings from November 25 through December 31.
Carousel Horse Farm's equine aficionados tend to a herd of saddled companions as they lead adventures through snow-dusted scenery and tinsel-draped holiday decorations. Fifteen-minute carriage rides trot through the picturesque streets of Freeport, letting passengers enjoy the clip-clop of hooves and the swish of the horse's tail and recall the days of pocket watches and corncob coffeemakers. Thick lap blankets keep groups cozy as they point out holiday displays and elaborate lighting on shops, cafés and restaurants. While admiring original 19th-century architecture and freestyling to the cadence of the horses' hooves, riders also admire the princess-worthy carriage, with its alabaster-hued frame and crimson upholstery.
Carousel Horse Farm
With access to thousands of acres of forests and fields, Carousel Horse Farm's expert equestrians take riders of all skill levels on scenic jaunts through the Maine countryside. Private or group trail rides in Casco explore the local woods, hills, and fields, sometimes including stops to fetch ice cream or to wipe down horses' windshields.