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Flying Horses Carousel

Oak Bluffs Ave., Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557
508 693 9481
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Ranked #3 of 7 activities in Oak Bluffs
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Owner description: Try your luck at catching the brass ring and winning a free ride on the oldest working carousel in the U.S., which has been enchanting children and... more » Owner description: Try your luck at catching the brass ring and winning a free ride on the oldest working carousel in the U.S., which has been enchanting children and adults for over a hundred years. The 20 hand-carved horses on this official historic landmark have real horsehair manes and tails. « less
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New Castle, PA
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87 reviews 87 reviews
61 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We were there in June, right before the high season started, so the hours were more limited (only opened at 4pm). So the line was long as a result when they did open. Only had to wait 2 go rounds of the ride though...not too bad. My four year old daughter caught on to the ring idea by watching other... More

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This place had a nice little history regarding how it came to be. Yes, I can imagine how exciting it would be for a young child back in those days with very little excitement. As an adult, there was very little to be excited about this ride...maybe couples may get a little enjoyment out of it. In all it was... More

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Troy, New Hampshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest, operating carousel in the United States. It has all the charm of years gone by, and for the low price of $2.50, you cannot go wrong. If you happen to hit it at the right time, there is no waiting, and you get to grab for rings as you go round, and round,... More

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

While it may not be fancy or elaborate, as far as carousels go, you are riding the oldest carousel in the country! Your butt is riding a piece of history! My kids absolutely loved it! How many of these old rides still exist where you reach for the brass ring to get a free ride? Classic! This is a "must... More

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Dracut
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The most fun a toddler can have on a boardwalk, anywhere. Everything is SUPER clean, and at only $2.50 a ride (1 parent/guardian rides free), the price is right - for 2014. Misses 5 stars because there's no public bathrooms... however, you can walk across the street to a public facility in about 90 seconds.

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Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I believe this is the oldest working carousel in this country. If I'm wrong on that forgive me. It's a big attraction for Oak Bluffs and worth the wait in line. Kids have the chance to reach for the brass ring. If you collect the most rings you get a free ride. They also have games so it's a great... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

I enjoyed this many times as a kid, with friends and it was part of a wonderful summer. One that I will never forget! I have returned a few times as an adult and my kids enjoyed the "Flying Horses" as well. You are never too old to enjoy this marvelous treat! Oh by the way, the date that I... More

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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
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115 reviews 115 reviews
25 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

It's a big tradition! The oldest carousel in the country, I think! You get to try to catch the brass ring and get a free ride! Fun for all ages because there's an outside track for older "kids" and an inside track for the young ones. It's just a piece of Americana kids and adults love! And it's inexpensive!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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198 reviews 198 reviews
19 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

We have taken our grandchildren here for the past three years , and have always had so much fun, especially with the brass rings! In fact , I personally like to ride the horses as well! Great in Fall, Spring and Summer- have not visited in Winter . A must if you visit the Vineyard !

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South Florida, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

It is a cool old carousel and my daughter had a great time riding it and grabbing for the brass ring. If you have a little one or a child with short arms pick an inside horse so they can reach for the rings; bigger kids will have no problem reaching the rings on the outside. There was a bit... More

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