Family Fun: Free Rides on Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Park


Cafesjian’s Carousel opened for the 2019 season on May 1st and runs through Labor Day with limited weekend hours through October. Each year, the carousel is free to ride on select dates. 

It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Regional Parkthe beautiful antique merry-go-round. In the spring the temps are cooler and the price is always unbeatable (even on days it is not free). For those of you who love a Minnesota State Fair connection, the hand-carved horses called the Fairgrounds home until the 1980’s. A St. Paul couple saved the carousel from the auction block, carefully restored the horses, and eventually were able to raise enough money for the carousel’s permanent pavilion in Como.

While the $2.00 ride price is always a steal, you can’t beat FREE. Free days are offered once a month during the season and we have those dates and other pertinent information listed below so you can add this to your summer must-do list.

2019 Hours of Operation at Cafesjian’s Carousel:

May 1 until Memorial Day weekend:

  • Mon-Fri: 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat-Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day:

  • Mon-Fri: 11:00am-4:00pm
  • Sat-Sun: 11:00am-6:00pm

Labor Day through Halloween:

  • Mon-Fri: Closed
  • Sat-Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm

Admission to Cafesjian Carousel: 

  • Tickets remain $2.00/ride
  • Children under age 1 ride free with paying adult.

FREE Ride dates for 2019:

  • May 9
  • June 13
  • July 25 – National Carousel Day
  • August 22
  • September 5


Cafesjian’s Carousel
1245 Midway Parkway
St. Paul, Minnesota 55103

You can find the best directions at the carousel’s website here



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