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“Wonderful entertainment!”

Silver Beach Carousel
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Owner description: 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. Open all four seasons, you can ride a different carousel figure or chariot every week and fill the year with a new memory each time. Our sea serpent chariot is wheelchair accessible so everyone can ride! Tokens are available for cash or credit card at the admissions desk or for cash from our token machine. To find us, click here for a map and directions.THERE'S SO MUCH MORE TO DO!Riding the carousel is just one of the fun things you can do at Silver Beach. Steps away from the carousel is Michigan's tallest kaleidoscope and Curious Kids' Discovery Zone by Curious Kids Museum, an entertaining place for toddlers to teens to explore water exhibits, a climbing wall and traveling exhibits. Next door to us is the beautiful Silver Beach Shadowland Ballroom, where special celebrations and wedding dreams come true. Across the road is the Whirlpool Compass Fountain where you can splash in the mist on warm days. And throughout the year, plan to join us for lots of fun events.Our Silver Beach Center packages let you create hours of fun at special prices. The Activities Room is an easy place to celebrate your child's next birthday or a special event. Just let us know what day you'd like to book by clicking here. You'll also find carousel gift ideas in our onsite and online gift shops. Or check out other gift ideas and sponsorship opportunities here.So come for the best ride in town - it's unforgettably happy! Visit our website for hours and more information about pricing and events.
Reviewed February 25, 2013 via mobile

It's only $2/ride, or 3 rides for $5. I'm going there the day of my wedding for pictures! So excited! Took my 2-year-old nephew there this weekend-- he loved it! Especially the bumper cars, haha! But the carousel too! The tiger was his favorite. I like that there was a huge variety of animals on the carousel, not just horses. And cheap popcorn, with tons of different flavor options. And great location! So close to whirlpool fountain and silver beach. A definite must!!!

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Katie W, Public Relations Manager at Silver Beach Carousel, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2013

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We are glad to hear you're going to be coming down to the Carousel for wedding photos. If there's anything we can do to assist you with that, please let us know.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

Boy did this bring back memories! The refurbished carousel is beautiful, and the placement near the beach is great. Parking is a bit hard to find, but worth the walk if you have to...

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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Silver Beach Carousel sports carefully-done horses that are beautiful, and particular to the area and state. For example, there is a University of Michigan horse, a Michigan State horse, a Notre Dame horse, and the local high schools are well-represented. The music is great and the ride is long. I have taken my grandchildren here several times and they enjoy it every time, as I do. The Carousel is set near Silver Beach, the Whirlpool Compass Fountain, Silver Beach Pizza, and is in the same building as Shadowland Ballroom and an adjunct to the Curious Kids' Museum.

Thank Maggie M
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

I have to pry my granddaughter's hands away from this carousel. She wants to stay and take in all that there is to see in the place as long as she can.

I enjoy sitting in the rocking chairs and watching her and my daughter tirelessly ride the carousel for hours.

Thank PKimThomas
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Katie W, Public Relations Manager at Silver Beach Carousel, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2013

Thank you for the wonderful review. We're so happy your granddaughter enjoys it so much, and that it's given you a great memory with her as well!

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

I have never seen such an assortment of creatures to ride on. Otter, preying mantis, clownfish, giraffe, elephant and the usual collection of many varieties of horse. Long rides, fun music

Thank Sara S
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