Four of our regional parks offer horseback riding. The Tradewinds Park stables are County-operated and also offer pony rides. At Tree Tops, riders bring their own horses, as they do to ride the equestrian trails at Long Key Natural Area & Nature Center and Vista View Park as well.
Tradewinds Park & Stables
Guided Trail Rides
Offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and designated holidays at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., and *3:30 p.m., weather permitting (*The last time offered Memorial Day through Labor Day is 2 p.m.). Weekday rides are available from October through May by appointment only. We recommend that you call at least 24 hours in advance to schedule weekday trail rides. Weekend and weekday trail rides are approximately one hour long, with the weekend rides available on a first-come, first-served basis. Trail ride sales close 30 minutes prior to the scheduled ride time. The cost is $35 plus tax per person, and payment is accepted at the park's General Store. Children must be 9 years old or at least 52 inches tall, and they must be accompanied by an adult. The weight limit is 200 pounds, and no double riding is permitted.
Private Trail Rides
Recently added to our public offerings are private trail rides from September through May. Private trail rides are available on weekdays (non-holiday) for one person ($50 plus tax) or a couple ($85 plus tax) by advance reservation only. Please call Tradewinds Park Stables at 954-357-8720 to schedule your next horse trail ride.
Available for purchase at the Tradewinds Park office. Each gift certificate is redeemable for one guided trail ride within 12 months from the date of issuance and during normal operating hours. Contact the Tradewinds Park Stables at 954-357-8720 for information on redeeming gift certificates. Each certificate equals one guided trail ride and costs $35 plus applicable sale tax. Gift certificates are not redeemable for cash and will not be replaced or refunded.
Offered on Saturdays, Sundays, and designated holidays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., weather permitting. Children must be shorter than 52 inches tall to ride the ponies. The cost is $3 plus tax per ride or $9 plus tax for four rides, with payment taken at the park's General Store.
Horse Trail Do's and Don'ts
The park's farm complex adjacent to the stables includes farm animals that can be seen from outside the fence during park operating hours. Public farm tours are offered every weekend, weather permitting. The tour times are at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for most weekends. The third full weekend of each month has a different schedule, with tours available at 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 1:15 p.m., 2 p.m., and 2:45 p.m. The cost is $3 per person for the 30-minute tours, which are on a first-come, first-served basis. Farm tours close when each group reaches its maximum size of 30 people. Check here for scheduling an Educational Farm Tour.
Tradewinds Park Stables offers horse camps in the summer and during school breaks for ages 9 to 16. Summer Horse Camp is offered in four-day sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campers must provide their own lunches and refreshments. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required. Participants should also bring a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and a towel.
In addition to receiving instruction on breeds and colors of horses, appropriate riding equipment, and horse care, students will receive riding lessons and the opportunity to participate in other activities. Call the stables at 954-357-8720 well in advance of any school holidays or summer break to register and for fees.
Equine Birthday Party Packages
Offered at $11 plus tax per child, with a minimum of 10 children and a maximum of 20. The package includes: rental of one 15-foot-by-15-foot tent that accommodates 20 to 30 guests, five picnic tables (two adult, two child-size, one wheelchair-accessible), one grill, three trash cans, recycling containers, two pony ride tickets per paid child, party invitations, and a special shirt for the birthday boy or girl.
Other services are available for additional fees: guided trail rides for children 9 years of age or at least 52 inches tall at $35 per person, and, on the third full weekend of the month only, bounce-house tickets for $1.50 per person for 15-minute sessions, and additional barn tour tickets at $3 per person.
Party Packages do not include the park's gate admission fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free), which is charged on weekends and designated holidays. Prepaid gate passes are available for purchase in the park office for Party Packages purchased at least two weeks in advance.
Girl Scout and Boy Scout Programs
Tradewinds Park & Stables currently offers three types of programs for Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts: the Scouts' Barnyard Trip, the Scouts' Pony Ring Trip, and the Scouts' Equestrian Trip.
The Scouts' Equestrian Trip allows each scout to meet all of the requirements needed to obtain his or her badge, which will be provided by the troop leader. The Scouts' Barnyard Trip and the Scouts' Pony Ring Trip are fun and educational activities where no badges are given.
All three programs will integrate with their weekend schedule, and reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance. Call 954-357-8720 for reservations.
Scouts' Barnyard Trip
The Scouts' Barnyard Trip provides lots of hands-on experience with the animals on our farm. This all-ages event also includes a farm tour and an explanation of how to groom, feed, and maintain the farm animals. The barnyard trip lasts approximately an hour. The cost is $20 per scout. Horses and ponies are located at the stables and are not included on this trip to see farm animals.
Scouts' Pony Ring Trip
The Pony Ring Trip includes one trip around the pony ring per scout and a hands-on tutorial on how to groom, tack, and maintain the ponies. This hour-and-a-half program is for younger scouts who are less than 52 inches tall. The cost is $30 per scout.
Scouts' Equestrian Trip
The Scouts' Equestrian Trip, located at the barn and trails, is a two hour crash course in all the necessary points scouts must learn to obtain their riding badge. This program includes a 30-minute trail ride as well as education about how to tack, groom, and maintain the horses. This equestrian experience is for scouts who are more than 52 inches tall or who are at least 9 years old. The cost is $40 per scout.