Silver Beach Carousel
Silver Beach Carousel
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Saturday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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MAKE A MEMORY ALL YEAR ROUND! The horses, the tigers, the hippocampus, the panda, the clown fish - in all, 48 unique carousel figures and two chariots - are whirling with excitement to see you. Come pick your favorite and ride beneath 1000 twinkling lights as the band organ's music happily soars and dips with the gears. Each figure is beautifully hand-carved and hand-painted by the artisans at The Carousel Works. Around the top of the carousel you can learn about our local history - told as no one else in the world has told it on a carousel - using historic photographs. As you gaze at those 18 rounding boards, you'll become part of our story, too.You'll find all the magic and wonder of the Silver Beach Carousel below the bluff in St. Joseph, just yards from Lake Michigan's Silver Beach, named one of the top 10 family beaches by Parents magazine.
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Sauer1119
Van Wert, OH35 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Our kids really enjoyed it here. Granted, most of it is still shut down, but the kids had a blast. Unlimited rides for the hour, they got off and immediately back on choosing a new horse each time.

They are requiring visitors to reserve an hour time slot online and pay online as well. At this time it is $8 per person, 3 and under are free.. They are only open Friday and Saturday. I understand this can be pricy for many families, but i'm sure they are struggling, as are many attractionse were happy to pay the price and support them. It would be tragic to loose this place.

We appreciated their effort to keep us safe and encourage everyone to support them.
Written August 16, 2021
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Lisa P
Woodridge, IL609 contributions
Nov 2022
I learned for the first time that the Carousel on Silver Beach is the only thing that made it out from the amusement park that sat on the grounds. It closed in 1971. Inside the gift shop they have a really cool replica of what it use it look it. I really recommend stopping in their. The Carousel itself it very well preserved and brings back so many childhood memories. It's magical when you hear the old time music playing! A true hidden gem and worth the walk over!
Written November 7, 2022
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,486 contributions
Aug 2022
For my birthday, my partner took me to St. Joe for lunch and to walk around. While wandering around, we decided to take a spin on the carousel. We had a blast. Go ahead and take time and enjoy the simple things with the people you are closest too. This is one of those things.
Written October 21, 2022
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Terry T
Indianapolis, IN18 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
I reviewed the website & reserved a ticket. It was $8 for 1 hour to ride. I had no interest in riding, did not need 1 hr, & only wanted to take pics. I arrived between admission times at 1:00 w/a reservation for 2:00. The door was locked & a volunteer opened the door a crack. I explained my visit, asking if I could sit somewhere & wait. I was told no. It was a hot day w/no place nearby to wait. The volunteer said she would ask someone else and told me I could probably come in 5 minutes early. A mgr soon came to the door & asked "Can I help you?" I explained again my interest and that I wanted to take some pics. She very sternly told me that images of the carousel are strictly protected,, cannot be sold, published,, or used as inspiration for any type of art. I said that I was not going to sell or publish the photos.This carousel is open to the public, is in the public domain,, so no such restrictions exist. She is incorrect, misinformed, and certainly should not be greeting visitors with such a statement..There is no such info on the Carousel's website.. After delivering her spiel,, I was quite put off,, and had to sit on the concrete walk outside for an hour waiting to get in. I was admitted at 1:55, spent 5 minutes before a few children came in, and left, all for $8.
Written September 21, 2021
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jarIndiana
Muncie, IN413 contributions
Aug 2021
Planned a vacation to St. Joseph and had told our 10 year old granddaughter that we would take her to the splash pad and carousel near the downtown area.
Thank goodness she was able to enjoy the splash pad because the carousel was closed every day we were in St. Joe after driving for over 4 hours to get there?
A man came to the door that we were trying to open (as directed by signs) and he explained that "due to staff and volunteer shortages, the carousel is now only open on weekends only?"
This should be posted on all doors and also on their website. We will not return....ever!!!
Written August 21, 2021
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DrSkippy
Indiana1,628 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
A must! Silver Beach Carousel. $3/person.

Silver Beach Amusement Park Museum (Free) is in the same building. Also, check out Michigan’s largest Kaleidoscope (free) (also in the same building).

Exploring Downtown Saint Joseph. Michigan. 9/1/18.
Written September 9, 2018
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Terri F
Chicago, IL45 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
I loved seeing this. Brought back my childhood. What person wouldn't love a carousel? Craftmanship was amazing. The small animated displays around it were cute too. Enjoyed my visit.
Written August 3, 2019
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TIffany
Pekin, IL77 contributions
Jul 2019
Super cute carousel and little gift shop. If you forgot beach toys the gift shop there has a few cute small beach toys.
Written July 14, 2019
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MacGrumpy46
Kirkby Stephen, UK43 contributions
Nov 2018 • Family
This attraction is more of a gift shop with carousel attached. The entry fee includes a ride on the carousel I believe. The actual ride has a height restriction so small children need to have an adult with them. The ride is surrounded by other small attractions, some hands on for kids.
Written November 27, 2018
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MzMBB
Chicago, IL75 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
So much fun, anytime you ride a Carousel, it caters to the kid in us and the kids are having fun! Everyone is going around in such a good mood, laughing, smiling, eating ice cream or cotton candy, again such FUN!
Written September 7, 2018
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Silver Beach Carousel is open:
  • Sat - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM