Sit & Spin: Our 10 Favorite Carousels Around

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When it comes to carousels, we’ve got round and round trying to pick some of our favorites. With old-timey melodies, speeds that even babies can enjoy, and elaborately decorated animals, carousels are instant classics over generations. Click through the gallery for 10 of our top pick merry-go-rounds across the country.

San Francisco, Ca: Golden Gate Park Carousel at Koret Children’s Playground

Make your own history with the kiddos at one of America’s oldest playgrounds. Now called the Koret Children’s Quarter, it first opened on this spot in 1888 and is thought to have been the nation’s first public playground. The carousel opened the same year but the current carousel was built in 1914 and installed after the 1939 World’s Fair on Treasure Island. Cost is $2/adults; $1/child 6-12; children 5 and under are free with paying adult.

Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. every day.
320 Bowling Green Drive
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco, Ca

photo:Thomas Hawk via flickr

What’s your favorite carousel? Share with our community in the comments below. 

—Amber Guetebier

with Caitlin Downing, Jamy Bond, Brianne Grajkowski, Maria Chambers, Erin Feher, Julie Seguss, Jen Arrow and Gabby Cullen

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