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There is still time to ride the Carousel before
the season is over!

Our last day of regular season hours is Wednesday, August 20th!

Open Thursday, August 21 from 4-7pm and Friday, August 22 from 4-8pm.

Open weekends, August 23-24 and August 30-31 from 11am - 8pm.
Open Labor Day, Monday, September 1 from 11am - 7pm.

Open weekends, September 6-7, September 13-14, and September 20-21 from 12pm - 6pm.

Sunday September 21, 2014 is the last day of the 2014 season!!

Available for private rentals throughout the off season.
For more information on rentals, please contact us.


Upcoming event!!

Cars at the Carousel 14th Annual Cruise to the Carousel Car Show August 24, 2014!!
Presented by the Rollin Relics Car Club!

(rain or shine)

Free Rides sponsored by The Rollin Relics Car Club from 11 am - 4 pm!

Heritage Carousel
Union Park
Des Moines, IA

Registration: 9:00-12:00
Voting: 12:00-1:30
Awards: 3:30

Food, Door Prizes, Auction, 50/50 Drawings, Cars and more!!

Clowns at the Carousel 2014

Clowns at the Carousel 2014 was a huge success!!

Thanks to the Korn Patch Klowns and the many sponsors, volunteers, and patrons who made this event come together!
A great time was had by all!

A special shout out to Mercy Medical Center - Des Moines, Children's Hospital & Clinics for sponsoring free rides during the event!! They sponsored 986 free rides in 2-1/2 hours!! WOW!


Congratulations to Wren, our First Rider of the Year!!
Wren - 2014 First Rider of the Year!

Many thanks to all of the children and families who participated in the First Rider of the Year Event!!
  We had a lovely Saturday morning to kick things off
and a wonderful turnout!  
Many smiles and happiness on the
Carousel that morning!

A huge round of applause to our winner...Wren!!!

Wren (4) was chosen as our 2014 First Rider of the Year!!  She chose the Pirate Cat as her first ride on our official kickoff of the 2014 season!  Many congratulations to Wren!!

For more photos of our event, please click here


Regular Hours (beginning May 27th):
Tuesday - Thursday: 12:00 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Closed Mondays (available for private rentals)



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Wow – over 44,000 rides were taken on the
Heritage Carousel in 2013!!

Season Passes Now Available!!

Unlimited rides for the 2014 season!!
Individual and Family Pass (for immediate family members) - $35
Grandparents Pass (for all Grandkids) - $35
Childcare Provider Passes:
1-5 kids - $40
6-15 kids - $50
16-30 kids - $60
31+ kids - $70
Click for more details or to sign up!


Carousel Kid Cards Available at the Carousel!!

With Spring right around the corner, these will go quickly with thoughts of Carousel rides ahead!  Great for multiple rides in one day!  
Each Kid Card offers 7 rides for $3!  
Buy 6 rides, get your 7th free!!
Click for details!


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 2014 season.*
  • A voucher for a t-shirt of your choice.*
  • A 10% discount on any private rentals during the 2014 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.

Click here to view the animals still available for adoption!


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.
Click for more details

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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