Tilden Park's Merry-Go-Round Is a Classic - 510 Families
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Tilden Park’s Merry-Go-Round Is a Classic

Herschell Spillman’s Merry-Go-Round in Tilden Regional Park is an antique carousel with hand-carved and painted wooden carousel animals to ride.

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

There is a parking lot and snack bar. 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.

During the summer, the carousel is open seven days a week: Monday through Friday 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. 

Winter hours are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.

The Merry-Go-Round also hosts special events, such as Breakfast With The Easter Bunny. If you’ve never seen it, we also love the Tilden Park Carousel at Christmas

child on carousel at Tilden Park
Tilden Park Merry-Go-Round | Photo: Julie Herson

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

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 to Monday 11 am – 5 pm

Appointments are encouraged but optional. Reservations are required for certain special events like brunch with Santa or the Easter Bunny.

Check their Instagram for updates on hours and offerings.

$4 per ride
or $24 for a pack of 7 rides

Parents pay even if they stand beside their children and don’t sit on an animal. Riders under age two are free.

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.

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