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The Heritage Carousel is Closed due to COVID 19.
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The Silent Summer of 2020

Union Park was not the same this year with the Heritage Carousel closed due to the COVID 19 pandemic. The doors were down and the happy sounds of laughter and organ music were conspicuously absent.  But we are busy planning for 2021!

We are deep into a fundraising campaign to make some capital improvements.  For more information on that, go here. We are looking at some exciting new Carousel merchandise to commemorate your time at the Carousel. And we exploring ways to make your Carousel visit as safe and enjoyable as possible.

To keep on top of the 2021 Season, sign up for our email updates or follow us on Facebook!

Thank you for you continued support of the Heritage Carousel!!


The 21st Season a Success!!

The 21st season of the Heritage Carousel in Union Park was another great one! We kicked off the season with our annual first rider contest followed by the dedication of our beautiful new customer service counter.   The end of the season saw the traditional Cruise to the Carousel Car Show sponsored by the Des Moines Rollin’ Relics, a glow party on the last night, and our first ever Thank You reception for donors and volunteers.  We also celebrated the 125th Anniversary of Union Park and held our first ever holiday event with the Union Park Neighborhood Association as we Lit the Carousel in celebration of the season.

Thank you to everyone who attended our events, hosted a party, purchased our merchandise, helped with a generous donation, and came to ride and enjoy the Carousel.  We had over 50,000 riders this season resulting in countless smiles and happy memories! 

Please continue to support the Heritage Carousel so that we can continue to keep the cost of a ride at just 50 cents for children.  The Heritage Carousel is a not-for-profit 501(c) 3 and donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed.  If you would like to make a tax deductible donation, please send a check to:

Heritage Carousel
PO Box 8352
Des Moines, IA 50301-8352


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.


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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