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Heritage Carousel

Des Moines, IA

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Address: 1801 Pennsylvania Ave, Des Moines, IA 50313, USA Number: 515-323-8200 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

It's that classic and nostalgic carousel experience for your next family day out!

Located in Union Park, Heritage Carousel is a fun, turn-of-the-century replica carousel that has been hand carved from basswood, hand painted and ridden to the sound of an old-fashioned band organ.

How cool is that!?

Through this, the Heritage Carousel supports a nostalgic and unique aspect of the past whose availability dwindled during the depression. The carousel itself is a beautiful work of art displaying the heritage of Des Moines and surrounding communities through painted portrayals of buildings and sites of significance to these communities.

It's a great addition to any family day out in Union Park, and it not only creates new memories for the kids, but gives parents a chance to walk down memory lane. Perhaps you used to visit a carousel with your grandparents?

How beautiful!

A fun, nostalgic and entertaining day out for the family. The biggest question is - what animal will you ride first?

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How much does it cost?



Free if standing next to a child, or $1 to ride



$.50 per ride, or $10 unlimited rides for the day



Carousel Kid Cards - pay for 5 and get 6 rides!


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You can help support the carousel by adopting an animal on the ride!

Any top tips?


They host First Rider contests at the Grand Opening every day! You get to ride the carousel first - and choose a favourite animal!

I'm Hungry!


Why don't you bring a picnic and enjoy it at Union Park! There is plenty of space!

Healthy Eating Take bottled water with you!

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There's a shop where you can pick up Heritage Carousel gifts and merchandise!

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When can we go?

12pm - 7pm Tues - Thurs / 11am - 8pm Fri & Sat. Then 12pm - 6pm Sept & Oct on select days

Late May to late August (6 days, closed Mondays) / Weekends Sept & first 2 wkends Oct

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