Take a Spin (On a Carousel!) Around the State
Check out these carousels in North CarolinaBy Lori Grossman
North Carolinians can enjoy an amazing array of carousels across the state, many of which are antique works of art as well as amusement rides. Find one near you from the list below, or hit the road to see your favorites up close. Use the comment section below to share those not on our list! Call or visit websites for more information.
NC Zoo, Asheboro
The hand-painted Endangered Species Carousel opened Spring 2006.
nczoo.org | 800-488-0444
City Park, Burlington
The Dentzel Menagerie Carousel is more than a century old, and is currently being restored. It is expected to reopen in 2021.
burlingtonnc.gov | 336-222-5030
Hand-carved wooden horses and chariots adorn Carowinds Grand Carousel, built in 1923.
carowinds.com | 704-588-2600
Village Park, Kannapolis
The only double-decker carousel in the state was manufactured in Italy in 1989.
kannapolisnc.gov | 704-920-4311
John Chavis Memorial Park, Raleigh
The Allan Herschell Carousel was built in 1923 and features a Wurlitzer 146A organ.
raleighnc.gov | 919-996-3286
Pullen Park, Raleigh
The Gustave A. Dentzel Carousel was built in 1911 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
raleighnc.gov | 919-996-6468
Sunset Park, Rocky Mount
The circa 1920 Herschell-Spillman Carousel was renovated to include paintings of local landmarks from the 1920s.
rockymountnc.gov | 252-446-0500
Shelby City Park, Shelby
The park’s wooden Herschell-Spillman Carrousel was built in 1919.
cityofshelby.com | 704-484-6476
About the AuthorFreelance writer Lori Grossman currently lives in Texas, but carries memories of North Carolina in her heart.
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