Horses and humans have worked together for centuries, transporting goods, fording rivers, and sharing the blame for the fall of Troy. Bond with the noblest of creatures with today's Groupon: for $29, you get a downtown carriage ride for up to four from Sugar Creek Carriages (a $50 value). Up to five additional passengers may ride for an additional $5 each. This Groupon is valid on Saturdays between noon and 5 p.m. Rides last 15–20 minutes; call ahead to reserve a time.
Sugar Creek Carriages’ licensed and insured drivers steer horse-drawn carriages through bustling downtown streets as passengers take in historical and modern Nashville sights. Groups nestle into the bench seats of a white limousine carriage, whose plush upholstery bespeaks luxury like an indoor pool full of caviar. Fresh breezes tousle riders' hair as the open-top carriage cruises down Nashville's picturesque downtown streets, presenting plenty of opportunities to snap photos of the sprawling skyline or savor a romantic escape.
As members of the American Horse Council and the Carriage Operators of North America, the staffers take pride in well-trained draft horses. The smart, white-trimmed coach can accommodate wheelchairs, and Groupon holders can bring as many as five extra family members, colleagues, or nostalgic retired horse whisperers (additional $5 each) to share their carriage.
Sugar Creek Carriages
As a Sugar Creek Carriages horse, Flint attends so many weddings he might as well be standing on a cake. The charming percheron draft horse sports a fair complexion and snowy mane that match traditionally white wedding dresses and the wedding carriages he often tows. He is one of 10 well-groomed, mannerly horses that provide the horsepower for an array of stylish buggies. Additionally, the animals make appearances at festivals, and reenactments. Sugar Creek Carriages also networks with the entertainment industry, a connection that recently led pop singer Justin Bieber to rent a carriage while he was in Nashville and his unicorn-drawn chariot was in the shop.