More than just a romantic means of city viewing, carriage-drawn tours facilitate better sightseeing, since the gravitational pull of large, rotating wheels draws landmarks nearer. Employ gravity as Newton intended with today’s Groupon: for $40, you get a half-hour long carriage ride through downtown Dallas (up to a $90 value) from Party Animals Carriage Service. The carriage leaves from 311 North Market Street in the Dallas West End.
The fancily bedecked drivers at Party Animals Carriage Service operate seven horse-drawn carriages trussed to more than a dozen trotting mares. Passengers can choose to wave readily to passersby from an open-top carriage or canoodle safe from the sun’s malevolent leer in a cloth-covered ride. The half-hour circuit around the Dallas West End begins with a slow canter by the Dallas World Aquarium and the Wells Fargo Bank building, designed by renowned architect I. M. Pei to contain his Pog collection. Clopping hooves cart travelers past the John Wyland whale mural before taking a brisk jaunt around sites such as Lincoln Plaza, the Fairmont Hotel and the Downtown Living. Afterward, riders can opt to visit Thanksgiving Square, the Arts District or Pioneer Park before whinnying adieu to the horses. Passengers can choose between a driver-guided historical tour and a more serene romantic ambience.
Though Party Animals Carriage Service sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
A fleet of nine carriages bearing the NorthStar insignia clips and clops through the city streets of Dallas and Fort Worth, ferrying riders through historical tours and evenings filled with romance. Passengers watch the city skyline pan past their open-top carriage or opt for shelter beneath a cloth canopy as they visit historic locales. Ahead of them, a professional driver sports a white tuxedo shirt, boots, and Western hat, and his noble steed, trained at the company farm to be gentle and politely decline drag-race challenges, maintains a natural grace. Since its establishment in 1990, the company has had the honor of participating in a number of special local events, including football-victory parades and the Adolphus Children’s Christmas Parade.