Get back in the saddle again (safely)!
It’s time to greet your favorite Carousel figures — and our two chariots — like an old friend and listen to the organ play! We really appreciate your support and patience through these 16 difficult months of closure. We constantly monitored all the COVID-19 state restrictions and modifications with your safety in mind. As CDC guidelines changed, our planning did too, until we reached the point where we could welcome everyone back for a fun, safe ride. The Silver Beach Carousel is open by online reservation only to maximize health and safety practices for the time being. We will be open fewer days and hours than in previous years with a limited capacity in the building.
After much anticipation, careful planning and waiting, the Silver Beach Carousel will open to the public beginning July 23 for reservation-only riding. There will be four, one-hour reservation blocks available each Friday and Saturday every week for the time being.
We are SO looking forward to welcoming back your smiling faces! We do strongly recommend masks for anyone ages 3 and up, though, so we can protect our young visitors who haven’t been able to get a vaccine yet. Each one-hour online reservation costs $8 for each person in your group ages 3 and up. You and your group will get unlimited rides in that time. Pick a time and day that works for you. A lot of people are looking forward to coming back! We can only guarantee your spot for 15 minutes after your reservation time starts. After that, someone else may get your spot.
We’ve missed making happy memories with you, and we can’t wait to see you again! Please read our FAQ section before visiting and if you have any more questions, we would be happy to answer them. Give us a call at (269) 932-1141.
Does the Carousel sell masks? The Carousel does sell adult masks for $10 each in the gift shop and we accept cards or cash. We will also have disposable masks for $1, cash only, available when you check in for your reservation.
Do I need to be vaccinated before visiting the Carousel? No, however, we strongly encourage anyone ages 3 and up to wear a mask, regardless of vaccination status.
I haven’t reserved a time, can I walk in? The only way to visit the Carousel for the time being is via reservation. Reservations can be made up until the reservation time, so feel free to check if reservations are available.
Can I get a refund if I can’t make it to my reservation? Reservations are non-refundable. If you or someone in your party is feeling ill the day of your reservation, we will be happy to reschedule your visit at no charge.
Will the Refreshment Stand be open? The Refreshment Stand will offer beverages, fresh popcorn and cotton candy along with Dippin' Dots and other treats to enjoy.
Will the Brass Ring Gift Shop be open? Yes! Just make sure to shop around sooner rather than later during your time slot.
How many rides do I get with my reservation? As many times as you can get on a figure in an hour! Ride after ride after ride! We have streamlined boarding the Carousel to reduce wait times between rides.
How many people can be in my group? As many as you’d like!
Is parking included in my reservation fee? No, it is not. Parking is available for a nominal fee for Silver Beach Center guests behind the carousel. However, it will sometimes be dedicated to guests of Shadowland Ballroom. You can find plenty of two-hour and all-day parking above the bluff.
Is the cost per group or person? Each person in your group over 3 years of age must pay an $8 reservation fee when purchasing your ticket online. All group members must enter at once, together. Please have your ticket printed or pulled up on your phone when you arrive!
Can I use my tokens for my reservation fee? No, but hang onto those tokens as we will go back to the token model once the situation improves! Remember, they never expire!
What cleaning measures are taking place? Between the open sessions, our volunteers will take 30 minutes to clean high-touch areas while the air conditioning system circulates fresh air into the building. Hand sanitizer stations are also available in the Carousel building.
Will interactive displays be open? Our photo booth, miniature train display, and Zandini Fortune Teller will all be operating along with a new Penny Smasher machine with four new dies!
Why are you making changes? We love you just the way you are! With the Carousel being such a popular spot all summer long and the pandemic continuing, the Silver Beach Carousel Society has chosen to limit traffic coming in and out of the Carousel House. Using reservation time slots helps us keep track of our visitors for contract tracing purposes, control the capacity and plan staffing better. With a staffing and volunteer shortage, pre-reservations help the Carousel know how to staff properly for the amount of people coming in and help us manage personnel better. Your reservation fee ensures we can pay for the staffing needed during the time slot while also giving riders an unlimited riding experience. Think of it like your own private Carousel rental with your closest friends!