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“brass ring”(33 reviews)
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Restored carousel which is a National Historic Landmark.
151 Bay St, Watch Hill, Westerly, RI 02891-5746
+1 401-348-6007
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

This carousel is one of the oldest if to the oldest "flying horse" carousel in America. The horses hand from an overhead apparatus by a chain . They do not go up and down, but swing gently outward allowing the children to try to capture...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Paul R
Reviewed September 5, 2018

This is such a wonderful carousel. The kids on the outer horses have the opportunity to grab the brass ring and if a child gets it, he gets a free ride! The horses are beautiful and the kids love it! Unfortunately, our kids are now...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Michele Z
Reviewed September 2, 2018

This is for toddlers and very young school age kids. The horses are very old and delicate. While beautiful, it is a small carousel (especially if you are expecting something similar to Six Flags or Disney's carousel). The line was not too long on a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 30, 2018 via mobile

I was here as a child in the summers from babyhood until mid teens.....the Merry go round was a staple of my childhood and is still fun......love to watch a new group of kids riding and hoping for the brass ring.....

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank quinnie98
Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

Good place to stop with the kids for a ride on an historic carousel. There are 2 beaches, refreshments and shops all around the carousel location.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank ripicker
Reviewed August 26, 2018

We always stop here when we are in the area for a quick ride. The kids always have fun and the price is reasonable.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank nicholasp912
Reviewed August 21, 2018

We took the grandkids down to show them what rides use to be like. It's amazing how much they loved the simple round and round. Reaching for the rings adds enough fun for them to keep coming back.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Nancy G
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

We have come here when the kids were young and it was a tradition to have them ride the flying horses. Our kids are grown but we stopped by and watched the excited riders try to grab the brass rings.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank LollysLook
Reviewed August 12, 2018

We took my 3 year old granddaughter who has not been a fan of merry-go-rounds and she loved this! It was not fast and the music was not loud! The kids on the outer horses try to grab the brass ring for a free ride....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank mommacil
Reviewed July 28, 2018 via mobile

Although not that safe for young kids (<4) tha older ones (=/>5) would have a really good time. This is an older carousel with an option of grabbing rings.

Date of experience: July 2018
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March 13, 2018|
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Response from burnsie777 | Reviewed this property |
I would have to answer as the other person did. Very little free parking for shops, otherwise paid parking for $10-$20. There is also parking on the off street but watch the signs in some spots you need a permit.
Judy M
August 2, 2016|
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Response from Kathy S | Reviewed this property |
I do not believe there is a minimum age, I have seen parents standing along side of the horse to guide the child in the experience when the age is younger.
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Restaurant with a view and things to do in Westerly (5 Replies)
I'll be meeting two friends from college in Westerly the first weekend in November. Looking for recommendations on a scenic restaurant where we can sit and talk on Saturday afternoon. Also, looking for some things to do. I've found the Flying Horse Carousel (although it says only kids are allowed to ride), along with a winery in the area. Are there gardens, hiking trails or something else we should see?
October 14, 2011|
Response fromHillside68|
Been to W a zillion x but not up on the restaurant scene. The city isn't really on the water. The carousel will surely be closed then. Watch Hill is interesting to drive through and walk out on Napatree Point and on the big beaches there. There are other big beaches and coastal wildlife refuges in the area nearby, and close by Stonington, CT even more charming Colonial village, may have a restaurant with a water view type scene.