Did you know you could go horseback riding in New York? While your apartment in New York probably does not welcome a pet pony, you can satisfy your child’s love of horses without leaving town. There are several options for family-friendly horseback riding and grooming lessons, as well as walk-in horseback riding experiences, which offer a unique way to discover the great outdoors in New York.
Although unfortunately there are no stables in Manhattan, you can go horseback riding in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. If that’s not fun enough for your child, consider booking a night at one of those local farmsand find more animal fun in our Guide to family farms and U-pick near New York.
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Kids can help groom the horses at the Bronx Equestrian Center.
1. Bronx Equestrian Center – Pelham Bay Park, The Bronx
Situated in Pelham Bay Park, the Bronx Equestrian Center is ideal for even the youngest riders. The center offers pony rides every day, all year. A small fee allows two laps around the ring and you can just walk there to enjoy. Walk-only tours are also available for cyclists of all abilities. The center offers riding lessons and educational programs for kids ages 6 and up including lessons in grooming, gear, safety, and tack.
2. Riverdale Equestrian Center – Riverdale, the Bronx
This sprawling 21-acre center is located on the west side of Van Cortlandt Park In Riverdale. There are no horse or pony rides here; however, the spot offers private and group riding lessons for children and adults, as well as a after school program And summer camps.
Drive through the heart of Brooklyn at Be•Brooklyn Equine at Prospect Park Stable.
3. Be•Brooklyn Equine at the Prospect Park stable – Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn
We made a article dedicated to this Brooklyn team in 2011, and it is still the accessible and community riding center it was then. Formerly known as Kensington Stables, it offers pony rides up and down the block, no appointment necessary, for a nominal fee. One-hour hikes along a 3.5-mile bridle path through Prospect Park are also available for children 11 years and older. Families with young children who wish to cycle can request assistance from a grounds manager for an additional fee. Lessons are available for ages 6 and up in both English and Western riding styles.
4. GallopNYC – Multiple Queens and Brooklyn locations
Specializing in therapeutic programs for children and adults with disabilities as well as veterans and at-risk youth, GallopNYC has two locations in Queens, one in Forest Hills and the other in Howard Beach. The Forest Hills location features a 30-horse stable near Forest Park with an indoor arena and party hall. GallopNYC Sunrise Stables at Howard Beach features an outdoor arena and large stables. In addition to its therapeutic programs, GallopNYC offers limited opportunities for public riding programs and free equestrian education on a first come, first served basis. Public sessions help fund scholarships for GallopNYC therapeutic programming. So while your little one is having fun and learning to drive, you’ll feel good knowing you’re helping a good cause. GallopNYC also brings horses to Brooklyn’s Prospect Park for therapeutic riding.
Take a trek to the Jamaica Bay Riding Academy.
5. Jamaica Bay Riding Academy –Mill Basin, Brooklyn
This family-friendly equestrian center in Brooklyn offers a host of horseback riding experiences, including group instructional rides for ages 13 and up, private and group rides for a minimum of two people, and pony rides for ages 12. years and under. It also offers summer camp, birthday parties and private events. Check the academy’s website for a full price list.
6. In the equestrian center of the woods – Staten Island
This Staten Island equestrian center offers horseback riding and lessons. Young and old alike can take beginner level lessons. Visitors to the stables also have the opportunity to learn about horse care. Call 646-436-2931 for more information.
Want to take a ride out of town? Find out where to go horseback riding on Long Island.
Photos courtesy of the stables/academies