WELCOME TO THE HISTORIC PARAGON CAROUSEL!

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 NEXT 25 YEARS AT THE PARAGON CAROUSEL COMPOUND

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 STATEMENT

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. 

 

OUR VISION

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.