Palmetto Carriage Works, Charleston

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Horse-Drawn Carriage Tour · Sightseeing Tour
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  • Our driver was entertaining, using humor as he pointed out various sites along the way. After the ride, I was impressed by the courteous employees standing by to answer any questions we had about... 
    Our driver was entertaining, using humor as he pointed out various sites along the way. After the ride, I was impressed by the courteous employees standing by to answer any questions we had about...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our carriage ride with Palmetto Carriage Works. Our guide was knowledgeable and humorous as he shared information about Charleston and pointed out the sites. The horses are well....  more
    We thoroughly enjoyed our carriage ride with Palmetto Carriage Works. Our guide was knowledgeable and humorous as he shared information about Charleston and pointed out the sites. The horses are well....  more »
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  • Arrived at Red Barn for tour, large signs describe in detail how the horses and mules are cared for. We waited a few minutes then in a very organized fashion were instructed by our reservation name which row to proceed to sit in. We got off precisely on time. Our driver before we were out of the barn began to explain additional details about where the horses came from- they were Indiana Amish plow horses which were bought rather then slaughtered. The tour itself was great, the guide was very clear and loud for all to hear with some wit; he has been doing these carriage tours since 2008. Definitely heard details I had not known about houses in the city, famous people and how the city used to look. We headed into the residential area which they are only permitted to be in up to 6pm. Shared a lot of history; fascinating. Carriage was comfortable; went at a good pace. We took a 4:30 pm tour, temperature was in the 80’s yet comfortable. They do not do tours when over 95 degrees. They also take temp of horses to make sure not over heated. There are 4 or 5 zones in the city which the guide is given randomly from a city official at the onset of the tour; so of the 28 carriages permitted at once in the city they are not all in the same location. Excellent; would go again.
  • We had a fantastic experience today. Our tour guide, whose name escapes me, was the best my wife and I have ever had. He was so knowledgeable and personable. We also appreciated that he took a few minutes to describe the process of choosing the district we tour, and how well cared for the horses are. They are almost all rescues from the Amish- their alternative fate was the horse meat slaughter. They are given at least 30 minute breaks between tours, they get plenty of food water and cooling off. The horses get regular temp checks, and they do not tour if the outside temp is over 95 degrees. This was such a fulfilling and enriching experience, and knowing the horses are cared for made it that much better. Also, we truly appreciate the ability to buy all day parking! The price may seem like a lot, but the company pays a tax and fees for each rider. So most of your ticket is going to care for the stable and animals. It’s money worth spending!

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