Carousel in Hartford to close for week starting March 27

The carousel at Bushnell Park will be closed for maintenance for one week, starting on Sunday, March 27. The carousel, which is managed by the New England Carousel Museum in Bristol, will resume operations on Friday, April 1 at 11 a.m., and will be open for normal business hours throughout the year. Hours of operation are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rides are $1 each and children 1 and under are free.

In addition to being open for rides, the carousel also provides other offerings and programs. Children’s birthday parties are available during operating hours and include carousel rides, balloons, and popcorn, with the option to add on a craft project. The carousel may also be rented during non-operating hours for private events. The newly renovated carousel pavilion also now has an adjacent function room available to rent at any time that can be used for birthday parties, meetings, weddings, showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, wine tastings, photo shoots, tours, etc.. You may rent the carousel pavilion, the new Function Room, or both. Additionally, an educational program, entitled Spin and Learn, is offered during non-public hours. This hour long program includes a hands-on mini-lecture, a question and answer period, and rides on the carousel.

Interested in riding for free all year long? Join the Friends of the Carousel, and help support the carousel preservation work while having good time.

The Bushnell Park Carousel, circa 1914, was created by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein, owners of the Artistic Carousel Company. The antique wooden carousel is a three row park machine with 36 jumper horses, 12 stander horses, 2 chariots and a Wurlitzer 153 band organ. The carousel recently reopened after undergoing a multi-year building renovation and an on-going carousel restoration project,

For more information please call 860-585-5411 or visit

The Bushnell Park carousel (BEE'S KNEES PHOTOGRAPHY)

The Bushnell Park carousel (BEE’S KNEES PHOTOGRAPHY)

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