Full Day Cape Cod Ride
Horseback Riding at Sandy Neck Beach on Cape Cod in Sandwich, MA
Beach Status: OPEN NOW THROUGH MAY - BIRD NESTING CLOSURE JUNE 1 ~ AUGUST 26
This is your dream ride! Miles and miles of open beach to enjoy horseback riding on Cape Cod. Take in scenic views from the top of the dunes, the scrub pine forest, natural cranberry bogs, and out on the beach. More experienced riders can wade with their horse at the ocean's edge, but any experience level including a novice can make this trip. All sorts of ride varieties are regularly requested, ranging from a romantic guided honeymoon ride for two walking side by side … all the way up to a blast with a pack of horse lovers running free!
Our unique ride offers the ultimate in flexible schedules to meet your group's needs. Your day can begin by meeting us at the Cape when we arrive from our stables in Grafton, MA, or you can start with us at the stables where you can help load the horses in the trailer, ride down with us, or follow us in your own vehicle to the Cape. The pace and length of your ride will be tailored to fit your group's experience and schedule. Your schedule, your preferences, your ride, your way - carefully organized to the last detail! Here are some video highlights from an actual Cape Cod ride with Ridge Valley Riding Stables:
Note: scenic part first, then speedy parts start around 3:00 into the video.
Here is the standard schedule, unless you arrange it differently: once the horses arrive at the Cape, we will stop at IHOP for a late breakfast (cost of breakfast is not included with the ride) before heading to Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable. At the beach, we will mount the horses for a fun, exhilarating and relaxing ride. We will ride through the surf of the New England Coast, ride over the sandy dunes and across the 6 mile breadth of Sandy Neck Beach.
Also see the CapeCast video about one day's ride on the beach.
Our guides provide individualized attention as they lead the riders on what may very well be one of the most memorable days of their lives. At the end of the day following the ride, you are welcome to join us for a traditional New England Shore Dinner on the way back to Grafton (cost of dinner is not included with the ride).
We start the 11-mile ride at the beach parking lot at Sandy Neck Beach onto the Access Trail, then we turn onto the Front Trail along the surf line. The horses are free to walk in the tranquil waters of the Upper Cape and run along the tide line. After a spell on the beach, we head to Braley's Dune Trail, (also known as the "Horse Trail") and make a circuit of the native vegetation including grasses, scrub pines and natural cranberry bogs. Breathtaking vistas unfold at each turn, and especially when the horses reach the top of the dunes (click for gallery).
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Reservations and Pricing
Pricing (as of February 1, 2014):
- $250 per person, for a beach ride with 3 to 10 riders
- $300 per person, for a beach ride with 2 riders
- $600 per person, for a beach ride with 1 rider
- Cash or checks only (no credit cards)
- Gift certificates available, and they never expire
Cape Cod Rides typically require a few days advance notice — a week's notice is best. The event will take the whole day, unless individualized arrangements are made. Saddle time is 3 to 6 hours for one "lap" of the beach park, depending on how you want to pace the ride, stopping to explore the surf line and enjoy the sights. Weekday rides Monday through Friday are the simplest to arrange. Also please call well ahead to discuss the possibility of a weekend ride. To protect horses from exhaustion during the long ride in sand, the rider weight limit is 240 lb (110 kg).
To find out more, please feel free to call us at +1 (508) 839-3038. Read the What To Wear page for clothing tips when riding.
NOTE: From approximately June 1 to August 26 each summer, the beach trails are closed due to bird nesting season (piping plover and others). Call +1 (508) 839-3038 for the latest beach status or view the official status from the park's website.
Getting There: Ride With Us or Drive Yourself
Ridge Valley Riding Stables is in Grafton, MA, 84 miles away from Sandy Neck Beach. Getting to the beach takes some planning and logistics. One choice is to start with us at the barn in the morning and ride in the crew cab truck - see the contact page for driving directions to the barn. Alternatively, if you are already on the Cape or are far from Grafton you can meet up with us at Sandy Neck Beach. Plan ahead and call to arrange these logistics with us so that we all arrive at the same time at the parking lot by the beach. Here is a map of the driving directions from Ridge Valley Riding Stables to Sandy Neck Beach: