**Disclosure: We thank Wilmington for providing us with a complimentary tour in order to facilitate this review. No compensation was received. All opinions are 100% our own.
We continued our day in Wilmington, North Carolina by reveling in the splendors of the historic district during a delightful horse-drawn carriage ride. If you are not able to fit a visit to the Cape Fear Museum into your Wilmington visit, the horse-drawn carriage ride is another excellent way to orient yourself and learn about the town's history. However, both attractions together will give you a very well rounded understanding of Wilmington history.
|You can see Battleship North Carolina from the Riverwalk|
|Here come the horses!|
|One of many lovely homes in the historic district.|
|The home of Major James Reilly.|
While we wound through the glorious tree-lined streets of Wilmington, its history unfolded before us. We were amazed by how much we could learn in such a short turn about the historic district! Another advantage--we were already aware of some landmarks before walking through the area in the afternoon.
As a testament to the bevy of points of interest in Wilmington, there are 8 different routes for the carriage tour. I cannot think of a better way to wind pleasantly through Wilmington's streets and learn about the people that lived there. With so many tours, you can easily have a couple of different rides and see quite a variety of homes! Of course, our ride was so divine that I would not mind repeating it! A lovely time!
Tours last about 30 minutes. However, expect to spend about an hour when you add in time to wait for the carriage to arrive and time for the horses to rest. Tours run 10AM-10PM daily April-October and 10AM-4PM Sun-Thurs and 10AM-10PM Fri-Sat the remainder of the year. Tours are $12 per adult and $5 per child under 12.
Wrightsville Beach Magazine has an excellent article about Springbrook Farms for more info on what they do.