Cafesjian’s Carousel: Cheap Rides in Como Park

Cafesjian's Carousel

It has become a spring tradition of ours to visit Cafesjian’s Carousel in Como Regional Park, the 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 Park.

The ride price has gone up to $3.00 in 2020 (the first rate increase in years). While that’s still a good deal, you can’t beat FREE. Traditionally, free days are offered once a month during the season and we normally share those dates and other pertinent information in this article so you can add this to your summer must-do list. This year, without specific free days, the

2021 Hours of Operation at Cafesjian’s Carousel:

May 28th through Labor Day

  • Mondays: 11 a.m. — 1:15 p.m.
  • Thursday-Friday: 11 a.m. — 4 p.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. — 6 p.m.

September 6th through Halloween

  • Weekends: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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 2021:

Cafesjian’s Carousel does not appear to be offering free days in 2021. However, ride tickets are still quite an affordable treat.  

Girl riding a horse on Cafesjian's Carousel at Como Park in Saint Paul, Minnesota


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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15 thoughts on “Cafesjian’s Carousel: Cheap 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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