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.

Santa Monica, Ca: Pier Carousel

Built almost 100 years ago and lovingly restored in the 1980s, the Santa Monica Pier Carousel has been a beloved beach destination for generations of local families and hundreds of thousands of tourists. Housed within the historic Looff Hippodrome, the Pier Carousel is a rare relic from Los Angeles' earliest years. Make some memories before the summer beach crowd hits: Drive down to Santa Monica to ride carousel, then enjoy an ice-cream cone at the nearby sweet shop, check out Pacific Park and the Pier Aquarium, and then just enjoy the sights and sounds of the sea!

Open Mon.& Thurs., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri., Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.. Closed Wed & Tues.
200 Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, Ca

photo: anika malone 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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