Silver Beach Carousel

Silver Beach Carousel, Saint Joseph: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Silver Beach Carousel Reviews: 5/5

Silver Beach Carousel
5
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:30 PM
About
The Silver Beach Carousel is open by reservation only. Reservations can be made at carouselrsvp.com. 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.
Suggested duration
< 1 hour
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Terry T
Indianapolis, IN14 contributions
Misinformed maligned management
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, IN378 contributions
Planned a trip & took our granddaughter but....it was never open!
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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Sauer1119
Van Wert, OH35 contributions
They're doing the best they can...
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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L werner
1 contribution
Save your money
Jul 2021 • Family
They changed how they do it and now require you to book a one hour reservation. They will steal your money if someone can not attend the day of.

How it went: we were there for the full hour, we got to a ride it a total of two times. And wait in line for the other 50 mins. They sell too many tickets, it is completely packed to where there is no walking room, they say face masks are required, but not one employee was wearing a mask and about 85% of the customers did not have masks on. This new system they set up is terrible and highly suggest you and your family do not waste your time on it. It was not enjoyable in the least.
Written August 3, 2021
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Jamie R
2 contributions
Bad
Jun 2021 • Family
We were in area from 6/27 through July 6 and carousel was never open!!! Grandkids very disappointed!!!
Written July 7, 2021
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Hi there - we are so very sorry to disappoint. As you can imagine, being closed since March 2020 was never part of the plan. We have spent the past 17 months working on our plan to reopen, shifting our plans, making new plans, etc. We are getting ready to reopen, as we've finally been able to get the appropriate staffing in place. Being a volunteer-run organization with an older volunteer base has meant we've had to be more cautious , as their safety, as well as the safety of our guests, has been our number one goal. We do hope to see you again soon.
Written July 20, 2021
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Amy M
Saint Joseph, MI76 contributions
A Must See while in St. Joe
Dec 2020 • Family
This summer was the first time we didn’t get to enjoy the Carousel with our kids due to Covid restrictions. There are many things to do and for a reasonable price.
Written December 19, 2020
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Kriscia A
Saint Joseph, MI4 contributions
Great place to bring the family
Dec 2019 • Family
The carousel has provided us many great memories. There are so many activities for the kids and we love the holiday decorations. It's such a great family atmosphere.
Written January 7, 2020
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redrose1970
Addison, IL35 contributions
Fun Place
Nov 2019
When visiting Silver Beach Carousel, we had a lot of fun. My mom, my niece and I all had fun riding the carousel. It is a fun place to visit for kids and adults alike. Highly recommend it.
Written December 16, 2019
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Rich P
Vicksburg, MI21 contributions
Friendly
Oct 2019 • Family
Nice ride for the young ones. Staff were very welcoming. Beautiful building with snacks, gift shop, and other things to look. If it is your young ones b-day, the birthday song will be played and a free bag of popcorn. They have costumes to wear, hats, also a birthday hat to wear if u choose. Not far from the beach, discovery building and a pizza place.
Written November 9, 2019
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kellyppxx
Burlington, IL43 contributions
My grand son's birthday weekend
Nov 2018 • Family
Although my grandson declared himself "too old, now for merry-go-rounds", we enjoyed watching the "little" kids ride it & loved the model trains! We spent 2 hrs in the discovery zone - had a blast! Played with the pin wall for at least half an hour!! 11th birthday this year & he's already planning new (weird) pin wall poses! Can't wait!
Written October 8, 2019
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Silver Beach Carousel is open:
  • Sat - Sun 11:00 AM - 4:30 PM