Show Us The Most Incredible Carousels

Lighthouse Point, New Haven, Connecticut. A lovely folk art carousel, built in 1916 and painstakingly restored in the 1980’s. On the National Register of Historic Places. We lived in New Haven for many years and brought our kids, and then grandkids, to it regularly, but now we are too far away for me to add a photo.

From the website:
“It was assembled in 1916 by the Murphy Brothers in their Savin Rock workshop.
The carved animals were the work of the Murphy Brothers, Charles I.D. Looff and Charles Carmel. Few carousels are bigger. It boasts 72 figures mounted on 20 ranks on a 60-foot platform. There are animals aplenty. Jumping horses are set four abreast alternate with horses standing three abreast. Two exotic dragon chariots charge from opposite sides of the platform. Nearby strides a camel. Paintings of the New Haven Harbor – steamboats, sailing ships, barges, lighthouses and mermaids add to the attraction.”

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There is a wonderful restored carousel in Geelong, Vic, Australia! I have never ridden it but have seen it a few times.
‘The Armitage-Herschell portable steam driven, hand-carved wooden carousel was constructed circa 1892 and is one of only 200 in operation around the world.
Featuring 36 Dare horses and 2 chariots, it was purchased by the Steampacket Place Development Board in 1996 and painstakingly restored’

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the historic carousel in coney island; one of the oldest and originally it was a Surf ave. it was sent to Vicenza Italy for restoration and came back bright and shiny and no longer the carousel i knew as a child. - it now lives in a cage on the boardwalk.

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There is a Red Grooms carousel, I think it’s still tucked away in storage. I’ve seen it when it was setup at the park on the Cumberland River. Funny news footage about the little boy who got the first ticket to ride YouTube

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In de “efteling” an amusement park in the Netherlands is an old indoor steam carousel, it was build in 1895 and later on bought by the park. Its placed in a big hall and is surrounded by a bar decorated in carnival style.

Link in dutch

Stoomcarrousel - Eftepedia - alles over de Efteling

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Carcassone, France. A two-story, beautiful one!

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  1. The Crescent Park Looff Carousel – brass rings and all!
    https://www.crescentparkcarousel.org/

  2. The Boston Greenway Carousel – a modern creation with Boston-local animals to ride
    Greenway Carousel

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I love carousels! There’s actually a National Carousel Association.

Seaglass Carousel, New York City

de Eftling Park Carousel, Netherlands

Calgary Zoo carousel (Lots of weird animals on this, like bat, manatee, dinosaur, praying mantis)

Steampunk carousel from Les Machines De L’Isle, from L’Isle Nantes, France. They may have multiple carousels:

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The Riverview Carousel at Six Flags Over Georgia is gorgeous!
It was built in 1908 and was originally in the Riverview Park in Chicago.
According to it’s signage, it’s one of the few remaining five abreast carousels.

The four inner rings of horses “leap” while the outer ring is stationary. There are also a couple of chariots.

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Jane’s Carousel - Brooklyn, NY

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Looff Carousel - Spokane

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Portland’s Jantzen Beach Carousel is undergoing restoration while it searches for a new home.


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Wow I had no clue there was an organization. Thanks for sharing and the info

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There is a wonderful carousel in Albany, Oregon, a small town off the 1-5 corridor, between Corvallis and Salem. Building the carousel has been a real community-driven project, and all the animals and decorations are hand carved and hand painted. It runs on a restored 1909 mechanism. Very neat :slight_smile:

https://albanycarousel.com/

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There is a wonderful museum dedicated to the history of carousels. The New England Carousel Museum in Bristol CT. they have amazing pieces.

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These are lovely! Thank you for sharing!

Many happy memories. I can remember riding the Efteling carrousel with my granddad som 60 years ago, with my sons, an with my grandson.

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Ford’s Greenfield Village has a Carousel by the same builder.

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The Carrousel des Mondes Marins in Nantes, a three story steampunk style carousel themed around the marine life

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The House on The Rock, Spring Green, Wisconsin has a magnificent carrousel in one of its galleries surrounded by Angels!

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