Restored Balboa Park Carousel will reopen on National Carousel Day 2023 in San Diego

The historic attraction will spin again on Tuesday, July 25, with free rides for the special occasion.

The 100-year-old historic carousel in Balboa Park

When it is open, the colorful menagerie and historical photos are truly something to marvel at.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

The historic, 101-year-old Balboa Park Carousel is about to ride again.

The attraction — normally spinning at 1889 Zoo Place — has been closed for restoration for the past six months, but Forever Balboa Park says it’ll reopen on National Carousel Day — Tuesday, July 25, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The celebration will include free rides, entertainment, family-friendly activities, and local food vendors. The lineup includes The Young Lions Jazz Conservatory, mariachi, a DJ, circus performers, and crafts hosted by the Spanish Village Art Center.

Forever Balboa Park told SDtoday that the carousel’s most recent enhancements included much-needed structural upgrades like a new roof and removal of the triangle eaves that weren’t part of the original building. The menagerie got a fresh, more historically accurate paint job, too.

The carousel will be open during special summer hours — 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily, through Sunday, Aug. 20. Afterwards, it’ll be open on weekends and school holidays. It’ll cost $4 per ride, or $14 for four rides.

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