'Round Again

Hop on one of these historic seaside carousels.
By Lacey N. Howard

The National Carousel Association works to help restore and save historic merry-go-rounds, such as the one in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. If your vacation plans take you near one of these seaside carousels, experience the joy of prancing horses, racing chariots, and brass rings.

The Flying Horses, Oak Bluffs, MA
Built in 1876, this ride vies for "oldest carousel" title with Watch Hill's merry-go-round. Take a ride any day, Easter to Columbus Day, in the center of downtown Oak Bluffs on Martha's Vineyard.

Lighthouse Point Park, New Haven, CT
A 1916 carousel, this one features four rows of horses and two dragon chariots. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Gillian's Wonderland Pier, Ocean City, NJ
Ride the 1926 carousel on weekends, Easter to mid-June, then daily through mid-September.

B&B Carousel, Coney Island, NY
Only one wooden carousel remains here. See this landmark at Surf Avenue and 10th Street March through October.

Trimper's Rides, Ocean City, MD
This 1902 machine, factory-ordered for the park, still stands in its original location. It's located at the south end of the boardwalk, open weekends year-round and daily mid-June through early September.

Pavilion Carousel, Myrtle Beach, SC
See the 1912 machine at Ocean Boulevard and 9th Avenue North. Open March through October.

Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, FL
A 1949 carousel that features three rows, 29 jumping horses, and two chariots. Steps from the public beach, it's open daily during the summer and weekends year-round.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Carousel, Santa Cruz, CA
This 1911 carousel is a National Historic Landmark in its original location. Open weekends year-round and daily Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The Last Carousel, New Orleans City Park, LA
The 1906 merry-go-round is on the National Register of Historic Places and has a Wurlitzer band organ. The carousel runs every month except January and February.

For details and seaside carousel locations near you, visit nca-usa.org.