Flying Horses Carousel, Oak Bluffs

4.5
Must see · 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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  • Flying horses carousel was a good time! We rode the carousel three times and my daughter got the brass ring on one ride so we got a free ride. It is a historical site that has an old school feel...  more »
  • The Flying Horses would be better if the employees here were more on top of things. We didn't know if you could actually ride them or not. It appeared that you could based on the signage but the...  more »
  • If you love carousel horses, add this location to your list. Fun for children and adults alike! They are in an enclosure and protected from the elements. Plan extra time for parking in high season.  more »
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  • 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! 🎠💕
  • Venerable establishment. A must for all who visit Oak Bluffs. Catch the brass ring! Children of all ages love it. Walk around to the back and see the gingerbread houses.
  • I totally tried to win at the ring toss game. If you want to get good pictures, go towards the back of the arcade near the photo booth. The door is open and you can take pictures of the carrousel unobstructed by people.
  • Not your run of the mill carousel. It’s done the way it used to be. The kids had a great time trying to grab the rings.

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