Kids ‘n Carousels

What is it with kids and carousels?  I’ve given up trying to figure out what children love about them.  I only know they do.

Creativity Carousel, San Francisco

Does your child have a favorite?  Do you have a favorite memory of one from childhood?  Please share!

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Links to carousels in the San Francisco Bay Area

Creativity Carousel, San Francisco

Golden Gate Park Carousel, San Francisco

Eugene Friend Carousel, San Francisco Zoo

Pier 39 Carousel, San Francisco

Tilden Merry-Go-Rounnd, Berkeley

Flecto Carousel, Fairyland, Oakland

Carousel, Oakland Zoo

W.E. “Bill” Mason Carousel, Los Gatos

Carousel Columbia, Great America, Santa Clara

Keep-Around-Carousel, Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, San Jose

Looff Carousel, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

12 Comments

  1. Planting Potatoes says:

    I remember the great music! But the horses I chose kept going up and down….I was never sure what I was doing wrong! 🙂 the pier 39 carousel was great as I remember it! (but don’t tell my Marine buddies…they just wouldn’t understand! 🙂

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  2. We were on one yesterday too! We were on the one at Small World Park in Pittsburg. It is an adorable little park. One of Pittsburgs best kept secrets, I think. 🙂 (We also went crawdad fishing right there in the middle of the park, and I think one of the kids caught one!) Check it out! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Small-World-Park/146079108753248

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      Cool! Thank you for sharing about one in Pittsburg. When did you fly out there?? Did you have a favorite carousel from your childhood (in Indiana, right?), Lee Anne?

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      1. oh no no, Pittsburg, CA. right here in the Bay Area.

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  3. Andrew says:

    We also take the grandkids to the Carousel in Los Gatos. They get both a train ride on the Billy Jones and Wildcat Railway and a carousel ride. Then there is the park playground to play in after the picnic.

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      This one seems to be a favorite! I included the link to these attractions in the post. I’ll have to take my boy there one of these days! Love the combo of trains and merry-go-round. Tilden has this combo, too.

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  4. Summer says:

    I know this isn’t Bay Aea, but when we visit family in Santa Barbara our son loves this one: http://www.yelp.com/biz_photos/g4mMCXlK-P7tVpA4AYSdTg?select=hhOvF5eTtokZRDCbPNd2hg#4K0-Odh2etNGL-qiid1Asw

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    1. A Nature Mom says:

      I’m hoping to hear about favorites from around the U.S. and world. Thanks for the one in Santa Barbara. Maybe we’ll check it next time we’re there!

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      1. My new favorite “day dream” book is Frommers 500 Places to take your kids before they grow up. They have a specific section for Carousels & Ferris Wheels. It talks about Oak Bluffs, Mass. Santa Monica, CA, & Watch Hill RI. http://www.amazon.com/Frommers-Places-Take-Your-Before/dp/047047405X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346001481&sr=1-1&keywords=500+places+to+take+your+kids+before+they+grow+up

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        1. A Nature Mom says:

          I’ll check the book out. We have a similar book, but with less specific recommendations (adaptable to where you’re located)… 101 Places You Gotta See Before You’re 12. And, by the way, it hit me yesterday afternoon that in your other comment you were talking about a park in Pittsburgh, California! Hahaha!!

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          1. Yep. 🙂 Doing the bday party circuit. 🙂

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