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Upcoming Events at the Carousel!

Clowns at the Carousel!

Clowns at the Carousel

This annual event provides free, family-friendly fun for the Greater Des Moines area including food, entertainment, inflatables, carousel rides, bike helmets, and more!

Event Date: Sunday, August 2nd
Event Time: 4-7 
Location: Union Park, 1801 Pennsylvania Ave., Des Moines, IA 50316

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with this wonderful event.  Volunteer work is fun and rewarding!  Jobs include helping children get on and off of inflatables, assisting families signing liability waivers for inflatables, filling cups of water and lemonade, delivering water/gatorade to volunteers and clowns, serving food and popcorn, and more.If you are interested in helping out with this fabulous and FUN community event, please find more information and sign up to volunteer at:


Cruise to the Carousel

Join the Rollin' Relics for this fabulous, annual car show!  On Sunday, August 30th, come and see a car show like no other!  Lots to see, a raffle, food, and more starting at 9 am!  Free carousel rides sponsored by The Rollin' Relics from 11 am- 4 pm!  You won't want to miss this!


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

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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