The Balboa Park Carousel current summer hours are weekdays, Sat. & Sun., 11am-5:30pm.


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The Balboa Park Carousel is Available for Limited Private Use

If you are interested in renting the carousel for a party or commercial filming and/or photography, please contact us at or call the Balboa Park Visitors Center at 619-331-1112.

A Beloved San Diego Attraction

100 Years in Balboa Park

The Balboa Park carousel has brought joy to families and park visitors for 100 years. With many original features, the Balboa Park Carousel is one of just a few in the United States that operates how it did in 1910.

  • Open weekends and school holidays
  • Carousel Party Rentals
  • Commercial Filming & Photography
  • Menagerie Carousel
  • Original Herschell-Spillman Co. Carousel

Saturdays, Sundays, & School Holidays


Holiday Hours: February 19, Presidents’ Day 


1889 Zoo Place,
San Diego, CA 92101

1549 El Prado Ste. 1,
San Diego, 92101

(619) 239-0512 x8

$4/ride or 4 for $14

Carousel Fun Facts

Start the countdown

Balboa Park Carousel rides are timed the old-fashioned way with an egg timer that ensures each ride is 5 mins long. 

Cue the music

The carousel music is played from its original military band organ. We still have 102 of the original music rolls that all play different tunes.

Off you go

The Balboa Park Carousel is powered by the original General Electric motor, installed in 1910 when the Carousel was built.

Hold on tight

The carousel spins at a top speed of 13 mph on the outside ring. 

Try your luck

The Balboa Park Carousel is one of only 12 known remaining carousels in North America that operate a brass ring game.

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