The family is the basic unit of society—yet, statistically, family members are the very people most likely to steal the extra Arch Deluxe you've been saving for all these years. Solidify family alliances and suss out enemies with today's Groupon: for $10, you get admission and unlimited rides for a full day at Carousel Gardens Amusement Park, adjacent to Storyland in City Park (a $20 value). This Groupon is valid on Thursdays and Fridays through August 12, 2011. Check the website for park hours. Children under 36 inches in height enter and ride for free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.
Enter the gates of Carousel Gardens Amusement Park to spin on the Tilt-A-Whirl, board knocking bumper cars, and glide down the 40-foot fun slide, in addition to basking in the glee rays of more than 10 other timeless amusement-park behemoths. The Ferris wheel produces sky-skimming panoramic views, and a miniature train offers a leisurely tour through picturesque City Park. Flying horses meditate about infinity as they make rounds on the historic wooden carousel while riders reminisce about simpler times when animals were all carved from gilded logs. Smaller children can wander in wonder around Storyland, located next to the amusement park, which brims with more than 25 larger-than-life playground pieces inspired by well-known children's stories and rhymes.
Grab a quick change of scenery throughout the day by wandering through City Park’s hundreds of acres. A landscape dotted with playgrounds, trails, and eye-catching architecture facilitates a fun getaway for families and first dates.