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Heritage Carousel Opening Day - May 21st!

First Rider Contest is Now Closed!

Opening Day is just around the corner and the Heritage Carousel has closed our First Rider of the Year contest.  Open to children ages 12 and younger. Thirty names will be drawn on May 10th to take part in the first official ride of the season.  The season opens on Saturday, May 21st.  On that day, one child’s name will be selected from the 30 to pick their favorite animal to ride. That child will also receive a free Heritage Carousel t-shirt.  All of the children will then ride the first round of the season and those children will receive free rides all day long.

Winners will be notified by email or phone by May 11.


Many thanks to the Rollin' Relics!!

The Heritage Carousel is so very grateful to The Rollin' Relics Car Club.  On December 7, 2015, The Rollin' Relics presented The Heritage Carousel with a donation check in the amount of $7,000 before the Des Moines City Council meeting.  Amazing!  We are humbled by all of the hard work, love, and dedication that every member of The Rollin Relics Car Club has put into making Cruise to the Carousel such a success.  It is a fabulous event enjoyed by all!

The Rollin' Relics are the largest contributor to The Heritage Carousel and have generously donated over $46,000 in the past 15 years to help keep the Carousel going 'round and keep the rides at 50 cents for children.



The Heritage Carousel has met our goal!!

The Heritage Carousel has surpassed our goal of raising $5,000!  In early 2015, The Principal Financial Group awarded us with a Community Challenge Grant.  Our goal was to raise $5,000 to match a grant that would then be awarded by The Principal Financial Group in the amount of $5,000!  Many thanks to our Carousel friends and family - you made it happen!  Together we raised just over $6,000.  All of the money raised as well as the grant funds awarded will go towards continued maintenance and painting of The Heritage Carousel so that we can keep it beautiful and functional for our community.

We express our thanks to The Principal Financial Group for their generosity and look forward to keeping The Heritage Carousel beautiful for years to come.  As always, children's rides are just 50 cents.

To all of the friends of The Heritage Carousel, thank you!

We met our Goal!


Thank you for a wonderful 2015 season!!

We gave nearly 54,000 rides this year...WOW!  That is a lot of smiles!! Please join us on Facebook or sign up for our e-mails to stay informed of any special events or offers that may occur during the off season! We look forward to seeing you again in the Spring!!


Purchase your 2016 Season pass now!  

Family and Grandparent passes only $35.  Childcare Season Passes available starting at $40.  
To purchase your Season Passes and/or donate: Click Here


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Adopt-An-Animal on the Heritage Carousel

Keep the Carousel going 'round and affordable to many!!  For a minimum donation of $150, you can adopt one of the animals or chariots on the Carousel!  Perfect for those who love to ride the Carousel, a unique way to honor someone, and a great way to help the Carousel remain available for all to enjoy!  Included in your adoption donation is:

  • Season naming rights and/or personalized message for your animal or chariot which will be displayed at the Heritage Carousel as well as on the website.
  • A Family OR Grandparent season pass offering unlimited rides for the 2015 season.*
  • A voucher for a t-shirt of your choice.*
  • A 10% discount on any private rentals during the 2015 season.

*For tax purposes, the value of the pass and shirt ($45) must be deducted from the total amount of your donation.  One or both of these items may be eliminated if you so choose.

Contact us to be put onto a waiting list to adopt an animal for the 2016 season!


Party at the Carousel!
Reserve the Carousel for your party or gathering now!

Dates are filling up!  The Carousel is an ideal location for both small and large group usage.  
Private & Open Hours Rentals available.
Ideal for small & large group usage. Private & Open Hours Rentals available.
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Adopt an Animal
Party at the Carousel
Keep the Carousel going round –
Adopt-an-Animal today!

A special way to support the Carousel, honor a friend, remember a  loved one  or recognize your business.
Click here for more details!
The Carousel offers fun for groups of any size – big or small!
Private Rentals, Open Hours Rentals, Tokens, Carousel Kid Cards!
Perfect for parties, schools, organizations, reunions!
Available through November!
Click here for more details!


Friends Of The Carousel

Help support the goal of the Des Moines Carousel Foundation to maintain and operate this beautiful and authentic Carousel and provide a wholesome, nostalgic and affordable form of entertainment for all to enjoy. Donations received will help with on-going maintenance needs such as the band organ, the building, and painting of both the animals and the Carousel. Click here for more information.


Special Thanks To:
Eric J. Hermann Design & Photography - many, many photos and website design
JTM MultiMedia, Inc. - website hosting, maintenance & happy-to-help attitude


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