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HOURS OF OPERATION

The award-winning Paragon Carousel is open seasonally from Easter Weekend until Halloween (weekends in spring and fall and daily during the summer).

WE WILL OPEN FOR OUR 89TH SEASON ON EASTER WEEKEND 2017!

The business office is open year-round, with limited hours.

205 Nantasket Ave.Hull, MA 02045

Please Visit the Doors to History site to learn more about the Paragon Carousel and other historic sites in our area!

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2017 Calendar: 

NEW HOURS OF OPERATION!

Season Opening: Sat., April 15-16 (open 11 am - 5 pm)

Easter Bunny Photos: Sat., April 15, from 12 noon-3 pm. (open 11 am - 5 pm)

Annual Easter Egg Dash: Sunday, April 16. 12:30 pm SHARP! (open 11 am - 5 pm)

OPEN WEEKENDS: 11 am-5 pm April 15-May 21 Also open Patriots Day, Monday, April 17

PRE-SEASON HOURS: (beginning Memorial Day Weekend)

Friday, May 26 through Sunday June 11

Friday evenings: 5 -10 pm

Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm

Sunday: 10 am - 9 pm

SUMMER HOURS:

Monday June 12 - Labor Day, September 4

Sunday-Thursday: 10 am - 9 pm

Friday & Saturday: 10 am - 10 pm

FALL WEEKEND HOURS:

Saturday September 9 - Sunday October 29: 11 am - 5 pm

 

2017 EVENT CALENDAR:

Friday May 5 - Derby Night - Mint Juleps! Prizes! Derby Hat Contest!

Sunday May 14 - Mother's Day - a flower and free ride for every mother!

May 27-29 - Memorial Day Weekend - walk the Memorial Brick Walkway!

Sunday June 18 - Flag Day and Father's Day 

 

 

 

Corporate Sponsors


George Washington TomaThe Grass Guy

Nantasket Hotel at the Beach


Thanks to winning a grant from American Express the Paragon Carousel replaced all twelve doors to the building that houses the Paragon Carousel with beautiful wooden doors that replicate the original doors from 1928. The grant also allowed us to renovate all the windows above the doors so that now light streams into the building. Thank you!

 


WELCOME TO THE HISTORIC PARAGON CAROUSEL! 

Welcome to a world removed from the hustle and bustle of modern day life. A place where incredible artistry and glorious music combine with wholesome family fun.

The Carousel has been operating along the shores of beautiful Nantasket Beach for more than 80 years. Built in 1928 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, it boasts four rows of 66 intricately carved horses and two rare Roman chariots. It is decorated with 35 original paintings, 36 cherubs and 18 goddesses who look down while a Wurlitzer Band Organ fills the air with music.

One of fewer than 100 "Grand" carousels remaining in the U.S. today, the Paragon Carousel touches the hearts, sparks the imaginations and ignites the creative spirits of all who visit it.

The Paragon Carousel is the last remaining attraction from the beloved Paragon Park amusement park on Nantasket Beach that closed in 1985. The antique amusement is a lasting reminder of the "Golden Age" of Hull, MA, when the town was teeming with thousands of visitors each day in the summer for decades. The Carousel now attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors each summer.

 

 

"You don't really understand human nature unless you

know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at

his parents every time around--and why his parents

will always wave back."

  --William D. Tammeus, Pulitzer Prize Journalist.

 

The Carousel is governed by the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Paragon Carousel, a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 charitable organization.

The fascinating video below chronicles the auction of the carousel in 1985 when three Hull businessmen purchased the carousel and then had it moved in April of 1986 from the Paragon Park site to its present location. Thanks to Hull Community Television for putting this together!