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Flying Horses Carousel

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Address: Oak Bluffs Ave., Oak Bluffs, Martha's Vineyard, MA 02557
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+1 508-693-9481
11:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Try your luck at catching the brass ring and winning a free ride on the...

Try your luck at catching the brass ring and winning a free ride on the oldest working carousel in the U.S., which has been enchanting children and adults for over a hundred years. The 20 hand-carved horses on this official historic landmark have real horsehair manes and tails.

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Horse carousel

We had a fun time going around the carousel while the weather was icky outside. The kids loved getting the rings and they had fun doing so. I don't know if it's the oldest... read more

Reviewed April 25, 2015
Worcester, Massachusetts
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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80 reviews
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Reviewed April 25, 2015 via mobile

We had a fun time going around the carousel while the weather was icky outside. The kids loved getting the rings and they had fun doing so. I don't know if it's the oldest, since we've also been to the Paragon Carousel in Hull, Ma.

Thank DennehyA
Port Murray, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Flying Horses Carousel is inexpensive and a fun challenge for those with quick hands to grab the rings. For those that just want to enjoy the sounds and feel of an old time carousel ride, it's great too. It's a quick ride so it won't take too much time out of your busy week at the Vineyard. Our sons,... More 

Thank Kreasor
in NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed September 29, 2014

Full disclosure: I have always wanted to ride a carousel with the ring feature CHECK! It was as much fun as I'd imagined, and not as easy as it looked. I collected enough to have a respectable showing. They have rings for riders on both the inner & outer lanes, so no one is denied the fun. Ride costs 2.50,... More 

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Rowayton, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed September 7, 2014

We have been coming to the Vineyard for years and brought the kids (and now their children) to the Flying Horses every summer visit. There is something so authentic and fun about the music, the wooden horses, and the arm that dispenses the golden ring...truly a memory-making experience for all ages.

Thank Kathy L
Atlanta, GA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 334 helpful votes
Reviewed September 2, 2014

On the National Register of Historic Places, this carousel is a classic that first operated in 1884. Fun for the kids and fun for adults to watch the kids.

Thank GPBurdell67
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66 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed August 17, 2014

I was skeptical but the old carousel is very well maintained. And catching the rings is quite diverting... my daughter loved it!

Thank Efb68
Durham, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed August 11, 2014

This is a very old carousel in the center of town. Our son had his first ride on the flying horses recently and enjoyed it. There are also a few arcade games and things along with the carousel. Kids will enjoy it. Collect the rings as you ride and you can win a free ride!!! Costs $2.50 per ride.

Thank amanda g
St. Catharines, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed August 7, 2014

We have been to Oak Bluffs twice now and both times we have stopped by this wonderful carousel. On the second visit, we had the whole family on the trip. All of us had a great time riding on this vintage carousel. Some of us enjoyed it even more than others, as my son's friend managed to catch the "Brass"... More 

Thank Yan8888
Cary, North Carolina
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Reviewed August 7, 2014

Came back to visit with my grandchildren, brought back great memories of taking my own children when they were young. Worth the short boat ride from Falmouth!

Thank Joe F
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

This is a must see and experience when you come to Oak Bluffs. This antique piece of yesterday is the classic metaphor for life. Cliche?--not to me. The ancient feel of the whole experience links one to yesterday and still creates excitment and joy in kids of all ages. The thrill of the brass ring and grabbing multiple rings if... More 

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