Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Where can I find a carriage for a ride or tour?
    Carriages leave from the Blue Marlin Restaurant in the Vista (Lincoln & Gervais Streets) on Friday & Saturday nights.

  2. How can I purchase a carriage ride?
    Carriage rides can be purchased online, by calling (803)-227-3833, or by paying the driver at the carriage.

  3. When do the carriages operate?
    The carriages normally operate 6:00 to 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday or by appointment.

  4. How do I make a reservation for a special event?
    You should contact us as far in advance as possible for your special event. We can arrange special pick-up and drop-off locations and tailor the ride to your needs. Private carriage rides are also available during tour hours with advance reservations. Please call us at (803) 227-3833 to discuss your requirements.

  5. How do I reserve a carriage for my special event?
    Please contact us as far in advance as possible for your special event. We can arrange special pick-up and drop-off locations and tailor the ride to your needs.

  6. Can I reserve a horse and carriage for my wedding?
    Yes. Many brides are asking for a horse and carriage to provide that special touch to their wedding. Whether it is just the bride and groom or the whole wedding party, Columbia Carriage Works can add to your wedding experience. Please call (803) 227-3833 to discuss your wedding plans.

  7. How can the horse pull the carriage so easily?
    Columbia Carriage Works primarily uses draft horses to pull our carriages. One of our largest horses, “Sir Lancelot,” weights nearly 2500 pounds and stands 18.2 hands (74 inches) at the shoulder. Most horses can pull six times their own weight, so even with a full carriage of 12 people “Sir Lancelot” doesn't have to work very hard.

  8. Where are your horses kept?
    When the horses are not working, they stay at Long Creek Equestrian Centre in Blythewood. There the horses enjoy large stalls, green pastures and plenty of other horses. You can see their facility by clicking on the Equestrian Center link. On the weekend, the horses can be seen resting at the railroad tunnel (Lady & Lincoln Streets) where we are developing a carriage facility.