14 Carousels To Climb Aboard Across The Bay

Many carousels are a traditional horse design, some have beautifully carved endangered animals. Some animals gently rise up and down, while others stand still. We all have our favorites, so round and round you go on a ride all members of the family will enjoy.

1. Herschell-Spillman Carousel

  • Address: Golden Gate Park near the Koret Childrenโ€™s Quarter, San Francisco, (415) 847-1726
  • Hours: Open everyday, 10am-4:30pm (Closed on rainy days. They also operate the concession stand.)
  • Cost: 12+/$2, 6-12 years/$1, under 5 (free)

2. Dentzel Carousel

  • Address: San Francisco Zoo, (415) 753-7080
  • Hours: Open everyday, 10am-4:45pm (closed on maintenance and reserved days)
  • Cost: $3 per ride/standing adult with child is free

3. Conservation Carousel

  • Address: Oakland Zoo, (510) 632-9525
  • Hours: Open everyday, 10am-4:30pm (closed on rainy days)
  • Cost: 

4. LeRoy Carousel

  • Address: Childrenโ€™s Creativity Museum in Yerba Buena Gardens, San Francisco
  • Hours: Open everyday, 10am-5pm
  • Cost: $4 per person (good for 2 rides), $3 with paid museum admission

5. San Francisco Carousel

  • Address: Pier 39, San Francisco, (949) 715-0614
  • Hours: Open everyday, 10am-10pm (weather and season pending)
  • Cost: $3 per ride, $5 for 2 rides

6. Carousel Columbia

  • Address: Great America, Santa Clara
  • Hours: Open everyday
  • Cost: Free with admission
  • Tallest double decker carousel in the world.

7. Seaport Carousel

  • Address: Six Flags, Vallejo
  • Hours: Open everyday
  • Cost: Free with admission

8. Herschell-Spillman Merry-Go-Round

  • Address: Tilden Park, Berkeley
  • Hours: Open everyday
  • Cost: $2 per ride; $10 for 7-ride ticket book

9. Flecto Carousel

  • Address: Children's Fairyland, Oakland
  • Hours: Spring schedule: Wednesday through Sunday
  • Cost: Free with admission, no adults allowed, children must weigh under 60lbs.

10. Iron Horse Carousel

  • Address: TrainTown, Sonoma
  • Hours: September-May (Friday, Saturday, Sunday only), May 30-September 1 open daily 10am-5pm
  • Cost: $2.75 each or 6 coupons/$12.75

11. W.E. "Bill" Mason Carousel

  • Address: 233 Blossom Hill Road, Los Gatos 
  • Hours: Check website
  • Cost: $2 per ride

12. Pixieland Amusement Park

  • Address: 2740 E. Olivera Rd., Concord, (925) 676-9612
  • Hours: Check website
  • Cost: $1.85 per ticket, Discounts available 

13. Keep-Around-Carousel

  • Address: Happy Hallow Park and Zoo
  • Hours: Check website
  • Cost: Free with admission

14. Poppy Carousel

  • Address: Marin County Mart, Larkspur
  • Cost: Coin operated, for the smallest tots only

* Prices and times were confirmed at the time this article was published. Information is subject to change.