Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, we invite you to take a ride on our historic magical menagerie carousel. Our 1910, all-original Herschell-Spillman Carousel has been delighting generations of San Diegans and visitors since its arrival in Balboa Park in 1922. Friends of Balboa Park is pleased and proud to be the new owner of the beloved Balboa Park Carousel.

Experience the joy and fun of a ride on the Carousel. Choose a mount on the outer circle and reach for the brass ring – if you grab it, you win a free ride! Or, choose one of the jumpers in the inner rows. Is your favorite a horse? A pig? A dog? A cat? Just want to sit and relax? Choose a seat on one of the four chariots that will allow you to travel in style.

Hop aboard and take a trip back to a simpler time.


Hours & Location

June –August: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
September – May: Saturdays and Sundays only, 11:00 am – 5:30pm

$3 per ride (seven minutes long!) / 4 for $10
For special large group rates, call 619-232-2282

Phone: 619) 232-2282

Mailing Address
Friends of Balboa Park, 2125 Park Blvd., San Diego, CA 92101

1889 Zoo Place, San Diego, CA 92101 (corner of Zoo Place and Park Boulevard)

“I grew up in (San Diego) riding this carousel and I recently had the opportunity to take my own son for the first time.  It was as much a joy for him as it was for me 30+ years ago. And a brass ring winner gave his free ticket to my son!  A priceless experience both as a child and now a parent.”

– Valerie J., Franklin, Wisconsin