Jester

Wagon & Sleigh Rides

Fall Wagon Rides

Dates:

October: 12, 13, 26, 27

November: 9, 10, 16, 17, 30

Times: 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, & 3 pm

Information: Come out to Jester Park Equestrian Center and enjoy a fun group or family outing as a team of draft horses pull your open wagon down the beautiful timber trails of Jester Park. Each reservation is a private ride.

Length: 45 minutes, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled ride.

Cost: $150 per ride

Party Size: Our wagon can accommodate up to 20 adults. Children who can comfortably sit on an adult's lap do not need to be included in your headcount. If you expect your child will want to sit on their own, please include them in your total party count.

Need to Know

  • Wagon Rides are approx. 45 minutes through the trails of Jester Park and are weather dependent.
  • In the event we must cancel rides due to weather, you will be offered an opportunity to rebook your ride or receive a full refund.
  • Wagon Rides are scheduled on the hour, and the first 10 minutes are reserved for group check-in. Rides depart promptly at 10 minutes after the hour.
  • All Wagon Rides require a reservation a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
  • Hand-held snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are welcome on the wagon ride. In the event of cooler weather, riders are welcome to bring blankets!
  • Dogs and other small animals are NOT permitted on the wagon ride.

Party Size Pricing Information

All wagon rides are private 45-minute rides and cost $150 for groups of up to 20 people. If your group will be larger than 20 people, please contact us to discuss options.

If you have any questions or concerns, and for information on larger parties/special interest groups, please contact us!

Registration:

Booking and Availability: Registration for Fall Wagon Rides opens on September 1, 2024.

Is the date or time you are looking for already reserved? Join our waitlist to be notified if an availability opens up!

Holiday Horse-Drawn Rides

Dates:

December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Times: 10 am, 10:30 am, 11 am, 11:30 am, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, 2:30 pm, 3 pm, 3:30 pm

Information: Depending on the snow conditions, we’ll hitch our draft horse team to a wagon or a sleigh and take you for a 30-minute ride through Jester Park.

Sleigh Rides require a minimum of 6 inches of packed snow as a proper base for the sleigh. A wagon will be used when there is no snow or not enough snow to pull a sleigh.

Length: Holiday Rides are 30 minutes long. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled ride.

Party Size: Both private and public rides can hold a maximum of 7 guests.

Cost:

  • Holiday Rides: $200 for the whole ride (up to 7 guests)

Need to Know

  • December Holiday Horse-Drawn Rides are 30 minutes in length through the trails of Jester Park and are weather-dependent.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early for your ride.
  • All rides require a reservation.
  • Our Sleigh holds up to 7 adults.
  • Hand-held snacks and non-alcoholic drinks are welcome on the ride. Guests are encouraged to bring blankets!
  • Dogs and other small animals are NOT permitted on the sleigh ride.

WHAT IF THERE IS NO SNOW?

If your reservation date ends up with little to no snow, we will pull a wagon instead of a sleigh.

If we cannot take your group out on a sleigh OR wagon ride (i.e., icy footing, wind chill 0°, etc.), you will be offered an opportunity to rebook your ride OR a full refund.

Registration

Booking and Availability: Registration for Holiday Horse-Drawn Rides opens on November 1, 2024.

Is the date or time you are looking for already reserved? Join our waitlist to be notified if an availability opens up!

Questions

Email us at: JPEC_INFO@polkcountyiowa.gov

Have a larger group? Email us for details!

Jester Park Equestrian Center strives to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to participate. If you anticipate needing a modification due to a disability or have questions about accessibility, please contact us at 515-999-2818 or jpec_info@polkcountyiowa.gov.