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 Diego, Ca: The Carousel at Balboa Park

The carousel at Balboa Park was added in 1910 right by the San Diego Zoo. All of the animals are original and hand-carved (minus two pairs). The hand painted murals at the top of the carousel are also original works of art. This 5-minute ride also includes the old brass ring game - one of the few carousels in the world still offering it. The lucky winner gets another ride around. Cost is $2.50/person.

Open Sat., Sun. & school holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
2920 Zoo Dr.
San Diego, Ca

photo: Mike Liu 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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