Fall River Carousel:
Whisper the word "carousel" to any Southern New Englander, and you will undoubtedly evoke a smile, a sentimental sigh, and fond memories of Carousel #54. Built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1920 during the "Golden Age" of wooden carousels, Carousel #54 was shipped from the City of Brotherly Love to North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, where it served as the crown jewel of Lincoln Amusement Park for seventy years.
The Fun House. The Comet. The Carousel. For decades these rides made Lincoln Park a fixture on the South Coast. A place where families congregated for wholesome entertainment, Lincoln Park attracted a laundry list of celebrity guests, including everyone from Eleanor Roosevelt to John F. Kennedy.
But in 1991 the park foundered, and as its owner flailed for capital to keep it afloat, a group of Fall River business leaders lobbied to bring the carousel to Battleship Cove. Much as they did for the battleship Massachusetts nearly thirty years before, the community rallied around the carousel and refurbished it at a cost of $250,000. A majestic Victorian pavilion was constructed to house the attraction; nearly as lavish as the carousel itself, the splendid structure now perches over Heritage State Park, offering panoramic views of the Battleship Cove fleet.
Hours and Rides
The Fall River Carousel is open seasonally:
April 17-21 Wednesday - Sunday 10:00am-4:00pm
End of June-Labor Day:
Wednesday - Sunday, 10:00am-4:00pm. Weekends, Labor Day - Columbus Day.
Open year-round for event rentals.
Cost is $2.00 per ride, or 10 rides for $15.
A season pass is available for $50.00 and includes unlimited rides for two adults and children residing in the same household.
In recent years, the community has re-discovered the carousel as a unique venue for special events. Open year round with in-house catering for birthday parties, bridal/baby showers, and waterfront receptions, the facility offers a convenient location with free parking and the spectacular backdrop of the world's largest exhibition of historic naval ships.
Battleship Cove offers in-house catering for special events at the carousel. The facility can be rented for $200 per hour. For photo shoots exclusively, the facility can be rented for $100 per hour (one-hour minimum).
For more information about our programs at the Fall River Carousel, please contact us at 508-678-1100 or via email!
Come down and ride the "ponies"!