Flying Horses Carousel, Oak Bluffs

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
The Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest operating platform carousel in America. Located in the historic resort community of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard, the carousel was apparently first located in New York City before being moved to the island in the 1880s.

The carousel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The carousel is one of only a handful of carousels that still have brass rings for a rider to attempt to grab as the carousel rotates.

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  • Although the carousel wasn't operating (during off season it only operates on weekends), it was open from 10-2 (I think) for photos! Lee volunteers his time to have it open so people can take photos.....  more »
  • Its not just for kids. The Flying Horse carousel is an Oak Bluff historic tradition. It is listed as the oldest platform carousel in the nation, operating since 1884.  more »
  • Really close to where the ferries drop you off in Oak Bluffs. Can be really crowded and hot in there. The ring grabbing game is a cool concept and very addictive for young children (even for adults). If you're a parent of a child who wants you to just ride and hold on to them, you still have to get a ticket. Kids under 12 get strapped in. Even though it seems kind of dangerous to try and stick your fingers in to a moving ring as the carousel goes around, it's still very fun!
  • Still as I remembered it as a child. Brought our daughter. She got 4 brass rings! Very special place for me and my husband. Hope it's around forever! Thank you! 🎠💕

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