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The Heritage Carousel is Open on Weekends!

The Heritage Carousel will be open through September 29, 2019 on Saturdays and Sundays only from 11 am to 7 pm. 

The Carousel is available for rentals through October.  Please Click Here for more information.

50 cents for kids            $1.00 for adults

If we need to close due to weather or other issues,
we will post on our Facebook page.


19th Annual Cruise to the Carousel is Coming!!

The 19th Annual Cruise to the Carousel will take place on Sunday, August 25, 2019.  This event is an annual crowd pleaser so plan to attend.  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.  There is also food, door prizes, an auction, and FREE Carousel rides from 11 am to 4 pm.

Cruise to the Carousel is sponsored by the Rollin Relics Car Club 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, Click Here for the official registration form.   If you would like to volunteer for the event, please send an email to and put volunteer in the subject line!

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



Thanks to all who supported the Carousel this season.  We are open for the 2019 season! Please join our email list and follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on all of the Carousel news.

To see photos from our 2018 events and celebrations, please go here!
And it’s not too late to celebrate our 20th Birthday.  20th Birthday apparel and memorabilia is still available in our online Carousel Store! 


2018 Season A Success!!

The 20th season of the Heritage Carousel in Union Park has drawn to a close.  It was another great year at the Heritage Carousel.  We kicked off the season with our annual first rider contest followed by our fantastic Birthday Celebration in June!  The season ended with the traditional Cruise to the Carousel Car Show sponsored by the Des Moines Rollin’ Relics. 

Thank you to everyone who attended our events, hosted a party, purchased our merchandise, 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.

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.
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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