Now Open: Tilden Park's Merry-Go-Round - 510 Families
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Now Open: Tilden Park’s Merry-Go-Round

The Tilden Park merry-go-round on a pleasant summer afternoon is one of those special East Bay experiences. Make time to run around the lawn before you pack up and leave. Open to the public 7 days per week for Summer 2021. Reservations are optional.

[If you’ve never seen it, we also love the Tilden Carousel at Christmas]

Tilden Park carousel
Pre-covid photo of my kid at the carousel taken by WM Eric Images

Herschell Spillman merry-go-round in Tilden Regional Park is an antique carousel with hand-carved and painted wooden carousel animals to ride. Parents pay even if they stand next to their child and don’t ride. Free under age two. Fees are subject to change.

There is a parking lot and snack bar.

Once you have fun at the carousel, there is lots more to do in Tilden Park.


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Waiting with anticipation for the Tilden Park Carousel | Photo: Julia Gidwani

How to get to Tilden Park’s Carousel:

Find your way to Tilden Park and onto Central Park Drive then follow signs to Merry Go Round. I always get lost finding it, so here’s a map (where Nature Area = Little Farm):

Map to Tilden Park merry-go-round

Plan your visit to the Tilden Merry-go-round

Weather Permitting, Summertime hours are:
7 days per week – 11 am – 5 pm

Wintertime hours are:
Friday, Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 5 pm

Reservations suggested. Times are based on staggered entry.


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$4 per ride
or $22 for a pack of 7 rides

Snack bar:
Includes hot chocolate, ice cream, hot dogs, and other carnival food with a few healthier options, too.

Verify rates and hours at the Tilden Park page of the EB Parks website or the attraction website.

[Pre-covid photo of my kid at the carousel taken by WM Eric Images]

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