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Address: 2 Lakewood Farm Rd, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-7431
Phone Number: +1 207-288-5234
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Enjoy the historic town of Bar Harbor via Wild Iris Farm's horse-drawn...

Enjoy the historic town of Bar Harbor via Wild Iris Farm's horse-drawn carriage and experience the romantic, slow-paced travel from a by-gone era. Our beautiful vis-a-vis carriage, drawn by a matching team of Shire horses, holds six passengers. Rides leave from 55 West Street between the Whale Watch Building and the Harborside Inn and start at $25/person (May-June, Sept-Oct), $30/person (July-August), special discounted rates for children for 30-minute public rides; $120-$150 for private. Add a magical memory to your wedding by riding in our special wedding carriages. Call us for availability and reservation.

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I'm sure we arrived in Bar Harbor on the coldest day of the year the wind was biting! We had booked the tour prior to taking our cruise and knew that they would have blankets for... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 November 2016
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Vancouver, Canada
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I'm sure we arrived in Bar Harbor on the coldest day of the year the wind was biting! We had booked the tour prior to taking our cruise and knew that they would have blankets for us and we weren't disappointed. The driver and coachperson were very informative and considerate in trying to get us out of the wind and... More 

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review of Wild Iris Farm's downtown carriage tours. I remember that day and how cold it was and how brave you all were to sit in an open carriage! What an amazing and enjoyable group of people you all were. We are so pleased that you enjoyed the tour... More 

United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Spotted the carriage and 2 beautiful draft horses as my husband and I were wandering through Bar Harbor. Bought a couple of tickets and climbed on board and back in time to when Bar Harbor was the summer playground for the rich. I have been to Bar Harbor on many occasions and in 45 minutes learned more about the area's... More 

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the great review! We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed your carriage tour with us while learning a little history of Bar Harbor's Golden Age. It was our pleasure to show you our little town and we hope you will come back and visit us again! More 

Hemmingford, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

My friend and I had a plan to go on a trail riding vacation. We considered Ireland, England or going out West. But I have two horses and a truck and trailer and thought, wouldn't it be great if there was place within a days drive of my home in Quebec. I did my research and discovered Acadia National Park... More 

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review, Leila. We really do appreciate feed-back from our boarders, letting us know what we did wrong or right and how we can improve our services. You are correct in that we strongly feel that our boarders should enjoy their visit to Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park - their trip here should be... More 

Redding, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

This is a great outing for a family with kids 4 and older. It's only 45 min long, so they won't get to board and wiggly. The driver stops frequently for photo ops and gives a wonderful talk on the history of the island. Afterwards you can pet the huge Draft horses and take pictures. This is NOT handicap accessible.

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments! We do try and make our carriage tours family friendly so the little ones can enjoy themselves along with the adults. As for our Shire drafts, they enjoy the petting as much as the kids. We hope you will be able to come back and visit us sometime soon. The children would LOVE our farm... More 

Seekonk, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

The horse-drawn wagon tour was wonderful! Lots of history, interesting stories and a lovely way to see the town of Bar Harbor. Highly recommend it!!

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

So glad you all enjoyed your carriage tour! Thank you for taking the time to write a review - it is much appreciated. We hope the rest of your visit to Bar Harbor was pleasurable also. More 

kansas
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

Took the carriage ride around town it was very nice.The driver knew a lot about Bar Harbor and the rich people who have and still live there the sites were beautiful and the ride was great.And the horses were very good and knew what they were supposed to do it is well worth the money.

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review of our carriage business! We always appreciate feedback from our customers and it is always a pleasure to hear that they enjoyed their carriage tour. Hope you enjoyed your visit to Bar Harbor and that you will come back soon! More 

Parkland, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

We have NEVER gone on horse-drawn carriage rides due to the implied neglect and treatment of the animals. Well, this was the exact opposite. When were we wondering through town, we saw the horse-drawn carriage and watched closely how the horses were treated and we were amazed at the attention and care that their handlers were providing. We chose to... More 

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review of our downtown carriage business and our horses. Your review is even more impressive since you never had taken a horse-drawn carriage tour in the past. We appreciate the fact that you cared enough to note how much we love our horses. We consider them to be members... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

My friends and I just boarded our horses here this past week. We traveled from Pittsburgh, Pa in order to ride our horses through beautiful Acadia National Park. Marc, the barn manager and his family; Sandi, the owner - were far above any expectations. Exceptional care, immaculate facilities and staff made us feel that our horses were well cared for... More 

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this great review. Our goal is to make sure our boarder horses are happy and content. We are aware that their owners often travel a great distance to visit Acadia National Park with their horses and it is our pleasure to make sure they have a stress-free vacation and enjoy themselves! We are so pleased... More 

Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

Did not book activity on cruise as was unsure of the weather. Beautiful day. Saw the carriage with the Shire horses riding through the town. We tend to like these better then trolley rides. This was not a disappointment. The driver was extremely knowledgeable about the town, area & it's history. A very pleasant & worthy attraction.

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of our downtown carriage business. I agree with you, our driver is an awesome tour guide! I am so pleased that you enjoyed your carriage tour! More 

Clayton, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Our family was on a New England Cruise through Bar Harbor and we saw this tour. It was so lovely and the driver and assistant were great in that they gave us the history of the town and answered questions about the area.

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sandi r, Owner at Wild Iris Farm, responded to this review

Thanks you so much for taking the time to review our downtown carriage business. We are pleased that you enjoyed your tour and we know the horses enjoyed taking you around our beautiful, little town! We hope you that you had a wonderful time here! More 

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