Date Of Visit: January 23, 2021
Location: 39 Old Sudbury Rd, Lincoln, MA (about 30 minutes northwest from Boston, MA)
Hours: Open daily
Parking: There is not a designated parking lot but there is an area to pull over on the shoulder of the road in front of the display
Universally Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Notes: While the site is on private property the site is open to the public
Giddyup to Lincoln, MA for a rather unusual pony experience.
Located on a desolate road in Lincoln, MA, Ponyhenge is a fun site for people of all ages. The ride on toys and hobby horses aren’t just for children. In fact, it may be the appeal to your inner child and the nostalgia of the attraction that makes this attraction so special.
While there is not a dedicated parking lot and a sign kindly asks people to not park in the driveway next to the attraction, there is plenty of space on the side of the road past the attraction to park at. But the roads are narrow. So do use caution when visiting this hidden gem.
Ponyhenge has an element of mystery to it. No one knows who started it or why this display was started. But, some time in 2010 rocking horses, hobby ponies and other types of ride on ponies began appearing at the location. According to Atlas Obscura, two theories persist as to the origin of this attraction. One story states the first horse showed up around after a kid’s short-lived lemonade stand while another story claims that he was left over from a Christmas display. The horses seem to be arranged in a circle with a horse/unicorn hybrid taking center stage.
There are a wide array of different types of ponies at the site.
Not all of the ride on toys at Ponyhenge are horses or ponies. There was also this ride on duck.
This pony made me want to rock and roll all night.
But, dad jokes aside, not all of the ponies are your standard rocking horses and pony toys. Some of the ponies had garland, cat ears and other props on them. I especially like the doll that children (or adults) can use to play with on the horse.
Some of the ponies had sentimental value. Like these two ponies that had notes or signs on them.
While the display is largely a light-hearted attraction for people to admire the toys of a bygone era, it also struck me as more than just a roadside attraction. People rode on these toys. They laughed and spent special moments with their children and loved ones. The fact others can share objects that brought so much joy to them and their loved ones and give others the chance to experience special times makes this attraction truly a hidden treasure.