Feel the Magic on National Merry-Go-Round Day

Merry-Go-Round, Carousels, Amusement Rides

Southport pier merry-go-round

I guess the kid in me always had a fascination with merry-go-rounds, also known as carousels. I don’t think it was about the ride as much as it was about the ornately decorated horses that were mounted on them. Although carousels are traditionally populated with horses, other animal figures like tigers, lions, zebras, barnyard animals or mythological creatures are also mounted on posts installed on many circular, moving platforms.

Looff Merry-Go-Round, Carousel

Bette Largent, president of the National Carousel Association, began the restoration of this 1909 Looff merry-go-round operating at Riverfront Park in Spokane, Washington, in 1992.

Whether you are visiting an amusement park or festival, there is something so innocent, mysterious yet safe about climbing on one of these exquisite, sculpted, wooden pieces of art and riding like you don’t have a care in the world.

Carousel, Merry-Go-Round, Flying Hrses Carousel

The Flying Carousel is the nation’s oldest platform carousel and has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a national landmark. Constructed in 1876 by Charles Dare, it is one of only two Dare carousels still in existence.

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Walt Disney Carousel, Cinderella's Golden Carrousel

Prince Charming Regal Carrousel (formerly Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel) is an authentic carousel in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort.

Santa Monica Carousel, Looff Carousel, Looff Hippodrome

The Looff Hippodrome and its merry-go-round on the city’s pleasure pier have been popular since they opened in 1916. At the city’s outer edge, on the rough-hewn pier, sits the Santa Monica carousel.

Armitage-Herschell carousel

Armitage-Herschell carousel, circa 1895-1900, was made with uniform horses.

Get in touch with your inner-child and climb aboard a carousel in your neck of the woods! Feel that childlike magic as we celebrate this amusement park attraction. Happy National Merry-Go-Round Day!

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