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Silver Beach Carousel

333 Broad Street, Saint Joseph, MI 49085
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Ranked #1 of 16 Attractions in Saint Joseph
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Amusement/ Theme Parks
Owner description: MAKE A MEMORY ALL YEAR ROUND!The horses, the tigers, the hippocampus, the panda, the clown fish – in all, 48 unique carousel figures and two chariots... more » Owner description: MAKE A MEMORY ALL YEAR ROUND!The horses, the tigers, the hippocampus, the panda, the clown fish – in all, 48 unique carousel figures and two chariots – are whirling with excitement to see you. Come pick your favorite and ride beneath 1000 twinkling lights as the band organ’s music happily soars and dips with the gears. Each figure is beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted by the artisans at The Carousel Works. Around the top of the carousel you can learn about our local history – told as no one else in the world has told it on a carousel – using historic photographs. As you gaze at those 18 rounding boards, you’ll become part of our story, too.You’ll find all the magic and wonder of the Silver Beach Carousel below the bluff in St. Joseph, just yards from Lake Michigan’s Silver Beach, named one of the top 10 family beaches by Parents magazine. Open all four seasons, you can ride a different carousel figure or chariot every week and fill the year with a new memory each time. Our sea serpent chariot is wheelchair accessible so everyone can ride! Tokens are available for cash or credit card at the admissions desk or for cash from our token machine. To find us, click here for a map and directions.THERE’S SO MUCH MORE TO DO!Riding the carousel is just one of the fun things you can do at Silver Beach. Steps away from the carousel is Michigan’s tallest kaleidoscope and Curious Kids’ Discovery Zone by Curious Kids Museum, an entertaining place for toddlers to teens to explore water exhibits, a climbing wall and traveling exhibits. Next door to us is the beautiful Silver Beach Shadowland Ballroom, where special celebrations and wedding dreams come true. Across the road is the Whirlpool Compass Fountain where you can splash in the mist on warm days. And throughout the year, plan to join us for lots of fun events.Our Silver Beach Center packages let you create hours of fun at special prices. The Activities Room is an easy place to celebrate your child’s next birthday or a special event. Just let us know what day you’d like to book by clicking here. You’ll also find carousel gift ideas in our onsite and online gift shops. Or check out other gift ideas and sponsorship opportunities here.So come for the best ride in town – it’s unforgettably happy! « less
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Tx
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103 reviews 103 reviews
16 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Brings back memories such a beautiful carousel....glad I went on it even at my age! Was not crowded hope they keep busy as I'm sure children enjoy this so much.

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Iowa
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167 reviews 167 reviews
53 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful carousel. Very interesting animals on it and nostalgic. Feels like you are back in the olden times. Kids love it. Older folks seem to love it too.

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Bloomington, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

My kids love it. Most of the staff is quite present. However there was one older blonde. lady who completely ruined this year's trip. At least 30 minutes after riding with our two small children she came over to scold us ( we are 32 year old responsible adults not children) about the way we held onto our youngest child.... More

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Katie W, Public Relations Manager at Silver Beach Carousel, responded to this review

Heather - Thank you so much for your honest review. While we always hope for a positive review, a review like yours tells us where we need work. We're very sorry your experience at the Silver Beach Carousel was not a great experience and apologize for our volunteer's inappropriate handling of the situation. If you wouldn't mind contacting us at... More

Muncie, Indiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I spent the day at Silver Beach and I had no idea of the history behind this beautiful area. Historically, Silver Beach was a haven for summer visitors from Chicago and the site of a popular amusement park. The carousel, which is now indoors, is beautifully decorated and the horses and other animals are representative of local colleges, and other... More

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Cincinnati
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240 reviews 240 reviews
13 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This was an area we stumbled upon, while looking for a beach to hang out for the day. We were actually headed to Benton Harbor, glad we found this area. The whole area well kept, clean and family oriented. The water cannons across street for kids to play is one of the sharpest ones I've seen. The Carousel is a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My kids loved the crazy hats that you can borrow for the rides. The guy gave us an extra ride which was nice.

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Iowa
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

They have a model of what the area used to look like, and the kids love the carousel. There's a fortune teller and many games to play if you need a break from the sun.

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Glenview, Illinois, United States
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51 reviews 51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This is pretty much your average carousel, but I liked that you could walk to it straight from the beach. It was $2 a ride and they had funny hats and things you could wear while you rode if you wanted to. The carousel was well kept and there were also other "amusement park" type things in the building like... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

On vacation,we visited ST.Joe for the day.Historic and timeless Carousel.Great ride ---a must!!! Can't wait to visit soon again.

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Portage, MIchigan, USA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Great old, restored carousel for the kids to ride plus a "museum" of what the old carousel and amusement park used to look like. Including working model train arrangement and amusement park model.

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