Without carnival rides, grownups could only relive their childhoods by wearing oversize trench coats and pretending to be two kids pretending to be an adult. Step right up to this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $17 for one open-hour rental for up to 12 guests (a $35 value)
- $22 for one open-hour rental for 13–20 guests (a $45 value)
- $17 for an individual or family season pass (a $35 value)
- $17 for a grandparent and grandkids season pass (a $35 value)
An open-hour rental entitles guests to unlimited rides on the carousel while it remains open to the public. Renting customers also have access to a reserved picnic area. A season pass grants unlimited rides all season long. The season includes full-time hours through August 21, and is open for weekends through September 23.
The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines
As children and their caretakers enjoy a leisurely day at Union Park, a cluster of animals—storks, giraffes, brown bears, and ostriches among them —suddenly storms past. What sounds like a stampede is really the family-friendly site of The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines, which has been entertaining guests since 1998. For only 50 cents, participants can hop aboard the turn-of-the-century replica carousel, which builders hand carved from basswood and hand painted. As the dulcet tones of an old-fashioned band organ hum in the background, the carousel accommodates children, wedding parties, and bull riders in training. Elsewhere, riders can pause from carousel excursions to sample other Union Park attractions such as multiage play equipment and the Rocket Slide, whose recent repainting replicates its original look from the early 1970s.