This wonderful carousel was handcarved and handpainted by community artisans and features 42 horses and two \"Oregon Trail\" ... More
Salem's Riverfront Carousel
This wonderful carousel was handcarved and handpainted by community artisans and features 42 horses and two \"Oregon Trail\" wagons. An onsite artisans studio and shop offers authentic Salem Carousel art, posters, and wood carvings. Tours and private rentals are available.
We had so much fun at the Salem Carousel!
It cost $1.25 per ride, but the cost will go up to $1.50 in July. However, I felt that the ride is worth it.
The horses are all beautiful and hand-carved.
And it's not just for kids! Our group had all ages on it, and everyone enjoyed it!
I definitely recommend it!
The carousel is in Riverfront Park, a good size park alongside the Willamette River. The carousel is enclosed with a single display detailing it's creation. There is also a gift shop with abundant horse souvenirs, two penny presses, and vending machines. The cost to ride is only $1.25 providing a good value. I rode 'Bucky' who had a few chips, but the horses were well maintained and very clean. Since the carousel is only a block from the convention center, it is certainly worth a visit.
Note that Riverfront Park itself offers nice views of the river and houses the Willamette Queen (which provides rides on the river) and the Eco-Earth Ball (an art project created from an acid ball used when the site was a paper mill).
The Salem Carousel is beautiful and new and build-from-scratch several years ago, through community donations - it's housed in a fully-enclosed building so that it can be enjoyed year-round (important in Oregon) and it's located at Salem's lovely riverfront and easy walking distance from another great family attraction, the A.C Gilbert Discovery Village. The carousel has beautiful, finely-detailed horses with little whimsical touches that add to the charm, and at a mere $1.00 a ride it is quite a bargain. Combined with the Discovery Village, it is a full and still frugal day for the whole family. And, if you happen to be a member of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, admission to the Discovery Village is free!
I take my daughter down to Salem for the day at least twice a year - the 45-minute drive is well worth it!
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