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

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Cafesjian’s Carousel

Cafesjian's Carousel in como park11 a.m.-4 p.m.
FREE Ride dates for 2017:
  • May 30, Memorial Day
  • July 4, Independence Day
  • July 25, National Carousel Day
  • August 24, State Fair opens
  • Sept. 4, Labor Day

Last year, Cafestian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park expanded their hours to include all Mondays. It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit the beautiful antique merry-go-round when the temps are cooler and the price is unbeatable. 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.

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

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

Regular hours of operation at Cafesjian’s Carousel:

May 1-Memorial Day
Daily  11 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Memorial Day-Labor Day
Monday-Friday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

September 6-October 31
Saturday-Sunday 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.


* Tickets are $2; everyone on the carousel must have one.
* Exceptions: Children under age 1 ride free with paying adult.
* Adults 90 and older may ride free.

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Anne Kingston

If we left it up to Anne to write her own bio, it would never get posted. She doesn't enjoy talking about herself, but Anne does love exploring the Twin Cities with her family and sharing her finds here. She, her husband and their four kids are lifelong residents of St. Paul.


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