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A Carousel for Missoula
Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Missoula
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Owner description: This beautiful carousel, completed in 1995, was the brainchild and vision of a local Missoula cabinet-maker, who carved much of the structure himself and also trained an enthusiastic team of volunteers to assist in the project.
missoula, mt
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed January 24, 2012

I am from Missoula, and still visit the Carousel on occasion. It is a must see for anyone with kids, or just to admire what a community can do when they work together. All of the horses and hundreds of individual carvings are hand made, by community volunteers. Can you believe that this carousel started as the dream of one man, Chuc,k Kaparich of Missoula, who decided that Missoula needed a carousel. He carved several horses, then showed up at a city council meeting and pitched his dream to the council Missoula fell for it in a big way. Numerous experienced woodcarvers and volunteers eager to learn showed up to work on carving the horses, the dragon, flowers, gargoyles and all the other embellishments. The carousel also has a magnificient calliope, with fantastical bells, drums and other moving parts that provide the music. There is a dragon whose mouth dispenses rings that you can grab as you ride the carousel. The last ring is the brass ring; if you are lucky enough to get it, you earn a free ride.
In addition to the horses that go up and down, there are a couple that are stationery, and two chariots you can sit in and hold little ones, or can accomodate the elderly or a wheelchair.
There is a small, but very nice, gift shop, and also a place to hold birthday parties. There is no fee to go in and admire the carousel, and the tokens to ride are just 75 cents. (I think adults pay 2 tokens). Eager and friendly young people (high school and college students) work as carousel attendants. One of them (Kaitlin) absolutely made my daughter's birthday extra special by making sure she got to ride on her favorite pony.
There is a really neat playground adjacent to the carousel, and a paved walking path right behind it that goes along the river.

Visited January 2012
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Stony Plain, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fun for all ages”
Reviewed January 5, 2012

We didn't have any kids with us, but we decided to stop in and go for a ride. It was a nice stop as we walked along the river.

Visited January 2012
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Missoula, Montana
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Not just for kids - but you have to take them”
Reviewed January 1, 2012

The Carousel is full of beautiful hand-carved and maintained wooden animals, all done by local volunteer craftspersons. You just have to go.

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Stevensville, Montana
Level 5 Contributor
92 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A Must Visit While Downtown Missoula”
Reviewed November 23, 2011

The carasol is a Missoula institution. Fun for kids of all ages, well worth the stop to go a few rounds on the beautifully carved horses. Try to grab the golden ring! Not an all day adventure, but a nice stop while seeing beautiful downtown Missoula. Dragon's Hallow playground is right next store, a great energy releaser for children and a nice sit and break for parents. The area the carasol is in is right on the river, a nice park with a nice river trail to meadnder down.

Visited July 2011
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Catch the Ring”
Reviewed August 21, 2011

What a fun place for the children. Catching the ring for a free token was the "time of their life".

Visited August 2011
Thank MontanaAlum
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