Cafesjian’s Carousel: Free Rides in Como Park

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


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