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

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 every day for summer hours Monday through Friday 11 am – 5 pm and Saturday & Sunday 11 am – 6 pm. Reservations are optional; walk-in tickets are available.

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

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

Herschell Spillman’s 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 beside their children 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 with kids.

tilden park carousel
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 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

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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