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The Heritage Carousel is closed for the season

We are busy planning for a great season in 2018 as we celebrate the
20th Anniversary of the Heritage Carousel in Union Park.

You can help by making a donation to the Carousel here,
visiting the Carousel Shop to purchase your 2018 Season Pass and merchandise at, or help us plan the party! 
Email your contact information if you would like to help.

See you soon – at the Carousel!!


Click here for information on renting the Carousel


17th Annual Cruise to the Carousel

2017 Annual Cruise to the Carousel winner

The August 27, 2017 Cruise to the Carousel has rolled on through!  Once again, the Rollin’ Relics Car Club put on a great event.  Cruise to the Carousel is the main fundraising event for the not-for-profit Heritage Carousel and we would not be able to keep goin’ round without the support of generous organizations like the Rollin’ Relcis!

There were nearly 180 cars entered in the show, tons of prizes to win, great food, and lots of friends and laughter!  The Rollin’ Relics sponsored free rides at the Carousel and we had over 900 Carousel riders throughout the day. The awards were presented in the afternoon and the winner of the Carousel Choice Award was Bob Miller’s 1965 GTO.  This car, like the Carousel, is a serious piece of machinery with a lot of whimsy!  The tiger on top looks just like our Carousel Tiger, Trixie.  Congratulations, Bob, and we hope to see you and everyone else back next year.

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

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 2018 season.*
    • A voucher for a t-shirt of your choice.*
    • A 10% discount on any private rentals during the 2018 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.

Contact us to be put onto a waiting list to adopt an animal for the 2018 season!


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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