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We open for the 2016 season on

EASTER WEEKEND!

March 26 & 27

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HOURS OF OPERATION

WE ARE NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.

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

205 Nantasket Ave.Hull, MA 02045

We are now CLOSED for the winter season. We will begin our 88th season on EASTER WEEKEND, 2016. Our business office is open during the week. We are now booking birthday parties and special events for 2016. 

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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2016 Calendar: 

Season Opening: Sat., March 26. (open 11 am - 4 pm)

Easter Bunny Photos: Sat., March 26. (open 12 am - 3 pm)

Annual Easter Egg Dash: Sunday, March 27. 12:30 PM SHARP! (open 11:30 am - 3 pm)

Carousel Derby

Nantasket Beach Car Show: Sunday, June 12

Field of Flags Father's Day Celebration: Sunday, June 19

Secret Garden Tour: Sunday, July 10

Friday Morning Storytimes: July 15, 22, 29, and August 5, 12, 19

SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY! Sunday, Octoboo 30, from 12 noon untiil 3 pm. Costume party, prizes, spooky Carousel rides!

 

 

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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!