Host an Event

Looking for a unique venue to host your special occasion? The Paragon Carousel provides a backdrop of beauty and history for making memories that last a lifetime.

During the summer season (mid-June through Labor Day), we are open to the public 7 days a week, and events are booked during Carousel operating hours.

Small Catered Events – (events with 50 or fewer Guests)

Bring in platters from your favorite deli or take-out from a local restaurant, and enjoy the sights and sounds of the Paragon Carousel during your party. Or our Preferred Vendors can provide a wide range of menu options from drop off platters to hot & cold stations with attendants and other services. Coming soon – our Preferred Vendor list!

Small Catered Events include unlimited carousel rides for your guests, and are scheduled during Carousel operating hours for a fee of $100 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum, for up to 25 Guests, and $175 per hour, with a 2 hour minimum, for 26 to 50 Guests. In addition to your scheduled event time, you are provided access to the facility for a thirty minute setup and a thirty minute breakdown.

Large Catered Events – (events with more than 50 guests)

It is said that the salty sea air increases your appetite. Located at a narrow spot on the Hull peninsular between Nantasket Beach and Hingham Bay, our lush green lawn provides a scenic setting to wow your Guests with fabulous food. Our preferred vendors provide catering, tents, tables, linen, dance floor, china, glassware, silverware and portable restrooms. Coming soon – our Preferred Vendor list!

Large Catered Events include frequent carousel rides for your guests, and are scheduled during Carousel operating hours. Fees range from $250 to $350 per hour (depending on size and logistics), with a 3 hour minimum.

Engagement or Wedding Pictures, Senior Photos and other Photography Events

The Paragon Carousel is available for professional photographer activities during regular Carousel operating hours for a $100 minimum fee. Please see the Photography/Videography Policy below for details! Please note: Photographers/Videographers are not allowed to photograph children or any other guests.

Children’s Birthdays

Please visit the Birthday Parties section of our webpage for information about Children’s Birthday Parties. Please visit Birthday Parties page for details!

Private Parties and Exclusive Use

Want to have the Paragon Carousel all to yourself? Then consider an “off season event”. We would be delighted to host you and your guests for exclusive use of the Paragon Carousel when we are closed to the public.

From our opening on Easter weekend through mid-June, and again from Labor Day through the end of October, we are open weekend days only. There are plenty of opportunities for weekend evening events and “anytime” weekday functions. Contact us at to learn more.

Film and Video Shoots

Please contact us at  to discuss opportunities to use the Paragon Carousel as the backdrop for a documentary, advertising, website link, movie or other commercial use.

Alcoholic Beverages

For the safety of all guests, only professional bartenders from a Licensed and Insured Bartending Company are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages at Paragon Carousel events. Our Preferred Vendors provide Bartending services, from beer and wine service, to full open bars. Coming soon – our Preferred Vendor list! A One Day Liquor License from the Hull Board of Selectmen is required for all alcoholic beverage service events. A four week minimum notice is needed for Friends of the Paragon Carousel to apply for a One Day License. All alcoholic beverages must be consumed in your party area. No food or beverage is allowed ON the Carousel. No alcoholic beverages may be removed from the building.


Photography and Videography Policy

Friends of the Paragon Carousel regularly produce newsletters and other publications, and posts content to the web and social media that feature the carousel and visitors.  Your presence here constitutes your consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded for the purposes of Friends of the Paragon Carousel communications and related outreach activities, in perpetuity.  Note:  No photographs or videos may be taken of children at the Paragon Carousel.

Personal Photography and Videography

Photography and videography for personal, private, noncommercial use are allowed free of charge (exclusive of ride admissions) in all areas.  Personal photographs/videos may not be published, sold, reproduced, distributed, or otherwise commercially exploited in any manner.

To protect the objects being photographed and for the safety of our visitors, the following guidelines must be followed when taking personal, private, noncommercial photographs or videos at the Paragon Carousel:

  • No tripods, lights, tracks, and other types of equipment are allowed
  • Photography and videography must be conducted without disruption to Paragon Carousel operations
  • Participants must stay on the pathways and mowed lawn areas, and refrain from walking in mulched or planted garden beds
  • Photography and videography must not limit the accessibility of exhibitions, entrances/exits, doorways, pathways, and high traffic areas
  • Participants and photographers are not permitted to pick flowers or plants; remove plants, plant labels, or containers; or rearrange or move plants or planted containers in any way
  • Landscape and/or flower/plant design cannot be changed, moved, or adjusted.  No additions to the planting areas are allowed
  • Props or equipment may not be hung from the buildings, trees or plants

Commercial Photography and Videography Inquiries

All photography and videography inquiries will be directed to the Friends of the Paragon Carousel Manager at, who will decide whether the photography/videography inquiry is commercial in nature.  No commercial photography or videography may be taken without written permission from the Friends of the Paragon Carousel Manager.

Friends of the Paragon Carousel considers photography or videography “commercial” in nature when the images of Paragon Carousel grounds, gardens, events, activities, or exhibits are used as a visual background for another organization or to promote a product, firm, or organization.

Commercial Photography and Videography also includes:

  • Yearbook photo shoots
  • Family photo shoots
  • Wedding/Engagement photo shoots