The Crescent Park Looff Carousel in East Providence, RI was originally part of the much grander Crescent Park Amusement Park built in 1895. It still stands today and is even listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. It was designed by Charles I.D Looff, a world renowned designer most notably know for his Coney Island carousel and his elaborate hand carved wooden horses. Crescent Park’s carousel contains 61 horses (56 which jump), a camel, two coaches and two double chariots. The ride is magical and fun for all ages. Waiting for your turn to ride you stand behind a rope and secretly plan out which horse you will choose. As the rope is lifted your heart begins to race and all your plans go out the window and you run like the wind to the first horse you can find (preferably on the outer edge). The outer row is preferred because of its accessibility to the ride’s game of chance (I’ll get to that in a minute). As you mount your steed and belt in, your excitement is doubled as the bell sounds to begin the ride. The motor slowly starts to gain power and the ride begins to rotate, the imported german band organ begins to play. Just as you begin to enjoy the sights and sounds of flying through the air, the game of chance begins! Crescent Park Carousel is one of the few carousels to still have a brass ring grab and ring toss. While the ride spins you must precariously lean to your left holding to the brass pole with one arm and reaching for a brass ring the size of a silver dollar with your right. Grab the gold ring and you get a free ride! With the rings you gather you then begin to toss them at a target, slowly building up your aim. Just as you think you can finally make it in, like clockwork, the ride comes to an end.
Rides on the Crescent Park Looff Carousel are a steal at only $1 and never get old. For me the ride is not just a fun summer escape for a laugh and a bit of excitement, it’s the fact that it’s been building that excitement for over 100 years. It’s been entertainment for my great grandparents, my grandparents, my parents, my generation and oh so many more. Like New England the Crescent Park Looff Carousel will always have a place in my heart and bring me an unexplained giddiness whenever I think about it. If in the area don’t hesitate taking a spin. Breathe in the history and much like life, enjoy the ride for what it’s worth!
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