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The Heritage Carousel is Open for the Season!


Thanks to all who helped celebrate our 20th Birthday on Saturday, June 9th!

To see photos and more information about the party, visit our 20th Birthday page.

It's not too late to celebrate with us! 20th Birthday apparel and
memorabilia is still available for sale at the Carousel!



18th Annual Cruise to the Carousel is Coming!!

The 18th Annual Cruise to the Carousel will take place on Sunday, August 26, 2018.  The cars start to roll in at 9:00 a.m. and the judging begins at noon.  Awards will be handed out at 3:30.  In addition to the awesome cars, there is also food, a live auction with great items, a 50/50 Raffle, and FREE Carousel rides from 11 am to 4 pm.

Cruise to the Carousel is sponsored by the Rollin Relics Car Club of Des Moines and is the single largest fundraising event for the Heritage Carousel.  It is because of groups like Rollin Relics that we can continue to keep the price of a Carousel ride at just 50 cents for children.

If you have a car to enter, go to rollinrelicsdsm on Facebook for the official registration form.   If you would like to volunteer for the event, please send an email to [email protected] and put volunteer in the subject line!

Thanks for your continued support and we will see you at the Carousel!


Click here for information on renting the Carousel

Donate to Heritage Carousel Today

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Adopt-An-Animal on the Heritage Carousel

Keep the Carousel going 'round!!  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 keep our ride cost affordable for all!  Included in your adoption donation is:

      • Season naming rights.
      • A personalized message for your animal or chariot which will be displayed at the Heritage Carousel as well as on the website.

    And your choice of:

    • A Family OR Grandparent season pass offering unlimited rides for the 2019 season.*
    • A voucher for a t-shirt of your choice.*
    • A 10% discount on any private rentals during the 2019 season

*For tax purposes, the value of and goods must be deducted from the total amount of your donation. You can also choose to have your entire donation go to the Carousel rather than receive the items.

Contact us to be put onto a waiting list to Adopt An Animal for the 2019 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.
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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