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Address: Sound View Beach, Old Lyme, CT

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Not just a lot of tourist crap. I bought a very nice raincoat for a very nice price. Staff was friendly and helpful.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
patrick p
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

This is an Allan Herschell carousel built it 1925. It was designed to be portable, capable of being transported about the countryside for carnivals and events. The bodies of the horses are carved from wood, with the heads and limbs being fabricated from aluminum. Not elaborately carved horses, but a typical Allan Herschell portable machine.

Thank Charlotte S. J
Quiet Corner, CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

From 7pm-9pm each night, a magical carousel opens in Old Lyme. Is it a new, fancy machine? No, but it's full of beach memories, the smiles of kids, and free rides for brass ring catchers! We've been visiting the carousel and getting ice cream for years, and it's like connecting with an old friend. Get the "Monster Mash" ice cream--... More 

Thank KraZ4food
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015 via mobile

This is not an antique carousel manufactured by a known company. It is a small, carved wooden horse affair with a pleasant enough ride for small children,( evening only!!), with an ice cream and beach sundries store adjacent, in a typical beach side enclave. If one lives nearby and goes to the beach, it would be family fun, but not... More 

2 Thank Carol S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 via mobile

Not just a lot of tourist crap. I bought a very nice raincoat for a very nice price. Staff was friendly and helpful.

1 Thank patrick p
New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My wife and sister-in-law travel to and ride on old carousels for a hobby, so we decided to try this one in Old Lyme. They said the carousel was excellent, with nicely carved animals and authentic music, plus it had the rings to grab as you rode around, which add to the fun. At $1.50 a ride it's a bargain!... More 

2 Thank Providence_RITom
Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Don't go out of your way, but if you are desperate for a carousel ride I guess this may fill the bill. Nothing special. The kids enjoyed the ice cream. O

1 Thank Terry K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

Who does not love the sounds and fun of a carousel. What fun my family has enjoyed for so many years. The owners have done a remarkable job maintaining and expanding this lovely attraction. Their ice cream shop is one of the best, service is always great as well. My heart broke when we saw the damages from Hurricane Sandy,... More 

2 Thank diddy66
Quiet Corner, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We have been enjoying ice cream and carousel rides at The Carousel Shop for years and have always had a wonderful time. The historic carousel (I think it's $2 per ride) is very fun for kids (of all ages) and affords riders a chance to grab the brass ring for a free ride. Friendly staffers make sure you're safe on... More 

8 Thank KraZ4food

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