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“A good experience.”

Jack's Drive It Yourself Buggy Ride
Canton, Georgia
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49 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A good experience.”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

I'm giving Jacks a good rating because their service was great. Very friendly and helpful and we got what we paid for.

With that being said here are some pluses, minuses and things to know.

Pluses...
Friendly staff ( even discounted price a little due to slower horse)
Very peaceful time and very relaxing.
On a warm day, I would b nice and cool with all the shade.

Minuses...
Very slow (we were passed by walkers). We had Maggie, great horse and got her due to us being new to horses. Don't go with Maggie...we watched some other buggies and the speed was great. ( don't forget you will pay per hour)
Not much to see...we did this because we didn't want to miss the rest of the island. Took a 2 hr trip on west side of island and back down thru the center. Lots and lots of trees. Nothing really new to see that you couldn't see by main street, arch rock and ,ission point area.
Cold....we went in sept. couldn't believe how cold it got back in the state park. ( felt 15 degrees colder). Wear a coat. Again a lot of shade.

People on here say slow...Im Ok with that. I wanted relaxing and slow. If you want o go fast rent a bike. If you want to be lazy...get a horse and buggy. Just know Maggie is über slow. Also don't feel like you will miss much if you don't get to back part of island.

So the final question...would I recommend, absolutely but hopefully you are now better armed.

Visited September 2012
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English first
Michigan, USA
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31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Worth every penny!”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

We had so much fun! We rented a buggy from Jack’s Livery. You cannot go around the entire island, however you go from the Livery, to the snack shack, to the interior of the Island, past the Grand and back to the Livery. The entire trip took about 1 1/2 hr and cost about $65.00, totally worth every penny. The staff is very competent; initially we had a high-spirited horse…so we went back to the Livery and traded for a perfectly mild mannered horse “Billy”. Staff tells you to steer the horse left or right, which is true, however horses know where the trail is and where to go. I have seen other reviews that dislike this, however we were then able to relax and enjoy the ride with no fears of getting lost. We highly recommend this tour.

Visited September 2012
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Michigan
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60 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Kind of cool, place needs work”
Reviewed August 12, 2012

We rented a carriage and horse for a group of six. The carriage they put us in was definitely not big enough for 6 people and for $90 an hour, I would expect more comfort. We had a huge Belgium horse Bud who was quite unique and a gentle giant. We really didn't have to drive him much, he knew the way on his own. He did however, make his own detours when he wanted to rest in the shade, in the trees and off the road. We thought it was to avoid the flies though. He needed to be sprayed down. It was kind of cool to do it on our own with no guide. The stables themselves and the carriage really needed some work. New paint and a cleaner look would've been nice. It looked pretty dumpy. Most of the staff were very friendly but there was one woman who was rather ornery. Overall it was fun and we were glad that we did it.

Visited August 2012
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Ortonville, Michigan
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Drive Yourself Buggy Ride”
Reviewed July 21, 2012

Nice people and good experience. I was a little disappointed to ask for an hour ride (due to expense) and they gave us a horse they knew & admitted was slow. An hour route took 1 hour 40 minutes so they prorated the 40 minutes.I don't consider it "working with us" to knowingly give us a slow horse and charging more than the time we requested. Either give us a different horse or take the loss instead of charging patron for something they didn't want.

Visited June 2012
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Byron Center, Michigan
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Jerry has a personality”
Reviewed July 14, 2012

Jerry, was a awesome horse,would use him again. Jerry works well for the first time horse rider.He has his own personality,watch out whenhe gets moving. They took good care of us.

Visited July 2012
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