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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.
Salem, AR
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28 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 30, 2013

We used to go to Silver Beach when we were kids. It fell into disrepair and eventually it was torn down. I am so very pleased that they have started to rebuild down there and added this beautiful Carousel. A bit pricey, but so worth it, at least once, it is a great piece of St. Joe and Silver Beach History!

Visited July 2013
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3 attraction reviews
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“Amazing Carousel!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

When in St. Joe, definitely make time to visit this carousel! It is beautiful!! The gentlemen running the carousel were so nice and informative about the carousel. It shows that they love what they do!! There is a little snack stand with popcorn, and rocking chairs all around the carousel to sit and enjoy. Also, board games were set out at tables for the children to play. There was also a little room with some original pieces from the old amusement park to view. And a small gift shop area and restrooms too. Very close to Silver Beach, Silver Beach Pizza and compass fountain, all are within walking distance. Cost is $2 a token, one token per ride. If you buy more than one token at a time, you save money. Go to silverbeachcarousel.com for more info. Loved it here!!

Visited September 2013
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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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55 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Turn back the clock!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

A marvelous attraction that ALL kids (5 to 93) will enjoy. This a well maintained facility that goes back to the Silver Beach Amusement Park of the early 1900's through the early 1960's.

Visited July 2013
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Bristol, Rhode Island
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2013

the different and unusual animals on the carousel make it sooo unique! It brings back memories of years gone by. Of course, the setting is absolutely spectacular with Lake Michigan as a backdrop!

Visited October 2012
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“One of the best carousels EVER!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2013

Who doesn't love a carousel? Well this one features 2 vintage organs and a working model train village that my son absolutely LOVES. It's also adjacent to a kids museum.

Visited August 2013
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