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Address: Missoula, MT
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Description: This scenic downtown park on the banks of the Clark Fork River is the home...
This scenic downtown park on the banks of the Clark Fork River is the home of the popular Missoula carousel and a great place for a family outing, with a large jungle gym, walking and bike paths, frequent special events and concerts.
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heart of downtown

The park keeps evolving over the years; addition of Brennan's Wave, and many events, all in a scenic place in the heart of historic downtown. I was on the original design team... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2015
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missoula
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8 reviews 8 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The park keeps evolving over the years; addition of Brennan's Wave, and many events, all in a scenic place in the heart of historic downtown. I was on the original design team for the pavilion, and I remember some members balking at the cost of the project. But we prevailed, convinced it would be central to downtown. It's great to... More 

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Missoula, Montana
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335 reviews 335 reviews
44 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Lots of fun activities are staged in Caras Park as it is downtown by the Carousel, easy to access and fun to stroll through. There is a Dragon Hollow play structure for children, festivals held under the tent and many free community events scheduled during summer and good weather at Caras Park. Don't hesitate to visit and have fun.

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missoula
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great unusual park with huge variety. Nice covered pavillion with frequent venues of different variety. Has "Brennan's Wave" on the river which has surf boarding on the river. Also has a carousel (real one, hand-carved horses) and Dragon Hollow which is a super climbing and exploring area for kids. Parking is very convenient. Also in the downtown area , near... More 

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Missoula, Montana, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My favorite thing to do on Thursday evenings in the summer is attend the Downtown Tonight live music and food events in Caras Park. Always a good time!

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Missoula, Montana
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
19 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Caras Park has been a part of Missoula since I can remember. My wife and I moved here back in 1997 and remember it well for it is a place one can go in spring, summer, and fall, to eat wonderful foods that are made available throughout the warmer seasons as well as entertainment in the form of music etc.... More 

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San Rafael, CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A pleasant surprise to see the carousel running on a snow covered November day. Our grandchildren had a great time (actually rode more than once) riding the carousel. I will say that it is the fastest carousel I've ridden...there is a reason they enforce the belt rule.

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Missoula, Montana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Great place for children. Take your kiddies to one of the only wood carved carousels in the world. Fun and cheap.

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Tacoma, Washington
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25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Rented a bike from the holiday hotel (all proceeds go to charity) and rode the river walk stopping at this park to rest and enjoy the river view. Kids playing near by. Safe, friendly park for all ages. Lots of seating-some people were playing checkers and other hacky sack game. Lots of squirrels to watch running about

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Grand Cayman
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

great for an event, wander to the Carousel, watch the surfers/kayakers at Brennan's Wave, people watch, walk the river trail, sit on the hill watching the hang gliders jump off Mt. Sentinal...what's there not to like about Caras park? oh ya, occassional homeless people but not bothersome

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Caras park was just across the bridge accessible by the walking trail along the river. It was a perfect venue for the wedding we attended there.

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