Picture this: you’re on horseback on a cool day. The breeze caresses your horse’s mane as you ride through a wooded glen and across a meadow.
We can’t read your thoughts (yet), but we bet this little exercise didn’t transport you to one of five boroughs. It could have, though—NYC is home to several equestrian centers, many of which are just a short walk from the subway.
For a full-service experience, we recommend Central Park’s Chateau Stables. The company guides private 75-minute rides through the park—the rides start at the Tavern on the Green and wind through some of the park’s most iconic natural scenery. The rides are available by reservation year-round, and cost $125.
For a slightly hipper (and cheaper) tour, ride through Brooklyn’s natural areas with Kensington Stables. The company guides one-hour tours around Prospect Park for $57. The ride can also be done guide-free (they rent the horses) for $37.
If you’re looking for one of those romantic rides through the surf, hit up the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy. The company offers tours through Gateway National Park, which contains 3 miles of beachfront riding. Those tours cost $47, and the company also offers private instruction for $65.
In Queens, Lynne’s Riding Center offers guided trips/lessons along 4 miles of trails in Forest Park. Those trips cost $55 for 30 minutes, $75 for 45 minutes, and $90 for an hour. The riding center also has an indoor ring for rainy day riding.
Photo courtesy of Chateau Stables.