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Come Visit the Heritage Carousel!!

Regular Hours:
Tuesday-Thursday 12 pm-7 pm
Friday-Sunday 11 am -8 pm
Closed Mondays (available for private rentals)

Looking for a fun, affordable venue to host a birthday party, anniversary, family reunion, employee appreciation day, and more?!  Consider The Heritage Carousel!  For more information on renting the Carousel, click here.

Keep riding the Carousel all season long!
Get your 2015 season passes now!!
(Family, Grandparent, or Childcare Provider season passes available.)  Family and Grandparent Season Passes are only $35!*  Check prices for Childcare passes here.
*Shipping and Handling of $0.50 will be added to your online season pass order.

To purchase your Season Passes, merchandise, and/or donate:

Click Here

Congratulations to our First Rider of the Year, Beckett!!  

Congratulations to all of our finalists who attended our First Rider of the Year event this past Saturday!  30 finalists were chosen out of all of our entries to be on the first go 'round of the season.  ONE was selected to be the VERY FIRST RIDER!


Congratulations to Beckett!!
Beckett chose to ride in style in the Wild Rose Chariot for
his first spin of the season!

Check out more photos from our event "here".

Thank you to everyone for coming out to celebrate and
for a wonderful opening weekend!


Sweet Surprise at the Carousel!

Valentine's Day was a little sweeter at the Carousel this year!  We had the pleasure to be in on a little secret...a romantic marriage proposal!  Congratulations to Tyler and Angie who braved the cold to visit The Heritage Carousel to celebrate!  Tyler surprised Angie by treating her to one of their favorite locations for the holiday...and then surprised her yet again by getting down on one knee!  It was a beautiful moment and we are so pleased to have been a part of it! 

Congratulations to Tyler & Angie!

Many congratulations to Tyler and Angie!
  The Heritage Carousel wishes you all the best for your future!


Heritage Carousel - Des Moines, Iowa

Please consider giving a donation to The Heritage Carousel and 
keep the Carousel going 'round!  

The Heritage Carousel is a non-profit organization overseen by The Des Moines Carousel Foundation.  All donations go towards maintenance, upkeep of the Carousel and grounds, operational costs, and community events so that we can keep the rides at
50 cents/child.


There were thousands of smiles as the Carousel went around and around this season!  
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 all again in the Spring!!



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Wow – over 42,000 rides were taken on the
Heritage Carousel in 2014!!


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.

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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