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 and ponies that provide the horsepower for an array of stylish buggies. Additionally, the animals make appearances at festivals, reenactments, and kids' pony parties. 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.