We stopped into the Carrousel museum to ride the old carrousel with a Wurlitzer organ - both of us grew up with visits to beach towns on the east coast with old fashioned carrousels. The 6 dollar entry fee includes 1 free ride on the carrousel, with each additional ride 50 cents. The fee also includes a self guided tour of the workshops where the horses and animals were carved, and a display of unique carrousel animals. On certain days, there are several other rides available at the museum from old amusement parks, but we did not visit on one of those days.
The carrousel was beautiful and the horses were beautifully maintained. We both enjoyed our ride so much, that we opted to pay for a second round. you can see the organ as you go around, and it is unlike anything I have ever seen - little organ pipes, some sort of brass instrument on the side and a drum on top. The operator of the ride may have been as old as the carrousel and added to the ambiance.
We enjoyed the display of older kiddie rides, old bumper cars from the 50s and fighter pilot rides like the one I grew up on. The display of carrousel animals had very unusual animals that I have never seen on any ride. The workshop had great videos that showed the craftsmen at work on the horses at each stage of the carving and painting. They even have a workshop for folks who have some carving experience, and you can see their ongoing projects.
This was a fun walk down memory lane, and for that purpose, well worth the entry fee. If you are just looking for a carrousel ride for the kids, it may not be worth it unless the kids are old enough to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making these works of art and entertainment.
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