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Wintry Treat: Horse-Drawn Bobsled Rides


A horse-drawn bobsled tows visitors across the snowy grounds of Old World Wisconsin (photo by Mike Morbeck)

Wintry Wisconsin weather may cause traffic woes on busy city streets and country roads, but at Old World Wisconsin the recent snowfall has created ideal conditions for the living-history museum to offer offseason visitors an opportunity to traverse the historic site's Norwegian area aboard a horse-drawn bobsled on Saturday, January 18. The site's pair of Percheron mares, Queen and Quincy, will tow visitors in a bobsled lined with bales of straw like the one pictured here across the snowy grounds from 11 am to 3:30 pm. Rides depart every half hour, with the last ride leaving at 3 pm. — Photo by Mike Morbeck

Bobsleds Versus Sleighs

Old World Wisconsin's visitors often wonder what distinguishes a sleigh from a bobsled. Sleighs are smaller vehicles than bobsleds and have only two runners. Bobsleds are more akin to trucks — they are built for hauling larger loads and have four runners instead of two. A working horse-drawn bobsled is much like a horse-drawn wagon on runners instead of wheels.

If You Go

Visitors should enter through the museum's Norwegian gate on the south side of the grounds, off of Highway 67, and park in the lot at the right. Bobsled rides are $5 per person, and reservations are required. Call 262-594-6301 for more information or to make reservations.

:: Posted January 16, 2014

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