Cafesjian’s Carousel: Free Rides in Como Park

Cafesjian's Carousel

Cafesjian’s Carousel is indefinitely closed due to Covid-19. The 2020 season would have begun on May 1st. However, it will open when deemed safe. The season 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.

The ride price has gone up to $3.00 in 2020. While that’s still a good deal, 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.

2020 Hours of Operation at Cafesjian’s Carousel:

May 1 until Labor Day:

  • Mon, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Wed-Fri, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Labor Day through Halloween:

  • Mon-Fri: Closed
  • Sat-Sun: 11:00am-4:00pm (Also MEA Thurs/Fri)

Admission to Cafesjian’s Carousel: 

  • Tickets $3.00/ride
  • Children under age 1 ride free with paying adult.
  • Adults over 90 also ride free.

FREE Ride dates for 2020:

  • May 12
  • June 16
  • July 14
  • Aug 18
  • Sept 15

Cafesjian's Carousel

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

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

15 thoughts on “Cafesjian’s Carousel: Free Rides in Como Park”

  1. Wow! I come across so very few Carousel experts. We should get together to discuss sometime. Have you ridden Cafesjians? It’s maybe not as awesome as the double carousel on San Francisco’s bay, but we love it here in the Twin Cities.

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  4. Thanks for your great sharing!
    It is fairly useful!
    You just do a great work! 🙂
    I am also interested in different amusement rides, especially the carousel rides.

  5. Thanks Ashley, but note that this is currently last year’s information. We’ll be updating for 2017 soon. Stay tuned.

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  9. Nice to see your update info post! Actually i have been to the Minnesota this August and played the carousel rides in a amusement park.

    1. I’m glad you had a chance to enjoy Minnesota in August, Jack! As you can probably guess, most of the carousel’s close around here in winter. We do have one in Maplewood Mall that runs all year. If you ever come back in the winter months, you should check it out.

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