What are Holiday Sleigh Rides on the Farm?
A horse drawn sleigh ride at the American West Heritage Center is the perfect activity to celebrate the holiday season. Experience the peace and enjoyment of a festive ride around the historic farm site delighting in the decorations and animals flanked by the breathtaking Wellsville Mountain scenery.
Your ride will include a stop at our delicious hot cocoa bar and access to a sledding hill (included with your ticket)*. When you are sufficiently warmed by cocoa, fun, and laughter, hop back on the sleigh for a round trip return to the Welcome Center. Our General Mercantile and Gift Shop will help make your holiday shopping easy and meaningful — be sure to stop in and take a peek.
*Sledding is dependent on weather and guests will need to bring their own sleds. Sleighs may be on runners or wheels depending on weather.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will there be sleigh rides if there is no snow?
Yes! There will be sleigh rides regardless of the weather. If there is snow, the sleigh will be on runners. In case of no snow, the sleigh will run on wheels.
Are sleigh rides wheelchair accessible?
YES! We are proud to say that our sleigh rides are wheelchair accessible, so everyone can enjoy the spirit of the season together.
What is the cost of admission for children?
Children 2 and under are FREE. Admission for children, ages 3 to 103, is $8. Members are also FREE (one visit per season please).
How long is the sleigh ride?
The sleigh ride around the farm and to the Hot Cocoa Bar is about 10 minutes. You and your family can choose how long to stay as you visit the different displays and photo opportunities while drinking your hot chocolate. The return wagon ride is about 5 minutes.
How many can fit on one sleigh?
Each sleigh can accommodate approximately 18-40 individuals, depending on the wagon.
Are Sleigh Rides included in a Membership?
Yes! Everyone included on your membership can participate at no additional charge. We simply request that each family visit for Sleigh Rides once per season. However, access to the sledding hill is unlimited!
Will there be concessions?
Concessions will not be open this year. However, our famous Kettle Corn will be for sale in the General Mercantile building, along with locally-crafted wares. The Gift Shop in the Welcome Center will also be open during Sleigh Rides for fun stocking stuffer ideas and souvenirs.
If we choose to go sledding, are sleds provided? Can we take our own sleds on the sleigh ride?
Sleds are not provided, guests must bring their own. Sleds must be “parked” and labeled by family name in the “sled corral” while guests are elsewhere. Guests will have to return to the “corral” to pick up their sled, and then make their way to the sledding hill. Sledding is at your own risk.
Guests can also choose to keep their sleds in their vehicles and retrieve them when they are ready to sled. Please keep in mind that sledding will only be available as weather conditions permit.
What kind of sledding hill do you have?
The sledding hill has a mild elongated slope. You will be required to walk back up a trail with your sled after you have taken a ride down the hill. Sledding is only available if we have snow and is at your own risk.
Can our family go sledding on the sledding hill without buying a ticket to Sleigh Rides?
The sledding hill is available to guests wishing to ONLY go sledding, at a cost of only $3/person. Sleds are not provided, guests must bring their own. Please check in at the Welcome Center. Gates close promptly at 5:00 pm. Sledding is only available if we have snow and is done at your own risk.