Balboa Park Carousel
Balboa Park Carousel

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.

Play Carousel Music

Experience the joy and fun of a ride on the Carousel. Choose a mount on the outside ring and reach for the brass ring — if you grab the brass ring, you win a free ride! Or, choose one of the jumpers in the inner rings. 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.

National Carousel Day

A day of fun for the whole family!
July 25, 2018, 11:00AM-3:00PM


Help keep the Carousel a part of Balboa Park’s history for future generations

History & Fun Facts

Learn the history and fun facts about this menagerie model carousel


June – September: 11:00AM – 5:30PM
October – May: Saturdays & Sundays only, 11:00AM – 5:00PM


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


Email: info[at]
Phone: (619) 232-2282


Physical: 1889 Zoo Place, San Diego, CA 92101 (corner of Zoo Place & Park Blvd.)
Mailing: Friends of Balboa Park, 2125 Park Blvd., San Diego CA 92101

“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

We need help to maintain this irreplaceable piece of San Diego history

Help us reach $3 million to complete the purchase and restoration of the Balboa Park Carousel. With your support, the Carousel will stay in America’s Finest City for all residents and visitors to enjoy!