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Our 2018 Calendar of Events will be posted in the early spring.

Stay warm and think Summer Thoughts until then!


We are closed for the season, and will re-open Easter Weekend (March 31 and April 1) 2018.

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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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!



The Paragon Carousel on Nantasket Beach is 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 Reservation 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.



The current lease for the Clock Tower Building with the DCR ended in June 2016. For four years prior to that date we had been working with the DCR and the legislature explaining that the Clock Tower Building is critical to the continued operation of the Paragon Carousel. Without the revenue generated by this building, the operation would cease. Former Senator Robert Hedlund, Representative Garrett Bradley, and Senator Patrick O’Connor and Senator Keenan have been helping us navigate the legislative road.  On Sunday, July 31, 2016 we learned that Governor Baker signed legislation authorizing a new 25 year lease. However the DCR has still not issued the lease that will enable The Friends to continue to operate the Paragon Carousel, the Paragon Park Museum and the Carousel Creamery snack bar for the next 25 years.



Our mission is to preserve the Carousel at its current location and restore it to its original beauty to enrich our community, our lives and benefit others for generations. 



To be a financially secure and self-sustaining operation through financial discipline, sound business practice and a rich volunteer base.

To offer a vibrant community experience providing an atmosphere where the majesty of history and artistry meet the world of fantasy and fun, creating lasting memories for all who enter its doors.