Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel
The colorful, hand-carved wooden horses, once at Euclid Beach Park on Cleveland’s lakefront, welcome riders once again in the Carousel Pavilion at the Cleveland History Center.
In 2014, nearly 45 years after the parks closing, the crown jewel of Euclid Beach Park- the Grand Carousel- made its return to Northeast Ohio. Restored by Carousel Works in Mansfield Ohio, it opened to the public in the fall of 2014.
Guests can now enjoy a ride on many of the original horses and see hand-painted scenes depicting Cleveland icons and Euclid Beach Park.
Take a ride on the Euclid Beach Park grand Carousel, and make a memory sure to last a life time.
Congratulations to Laura Travis who became the carousel’s 200,000th rider since 2014 on June 6,2018.
2018’s carousel token is out!
Stop by the Cleveland History Center and say hello to Remington!
Past year’s tokens:
Nov 2014 through 2015 – Garland Horse
2016 – El Armor Horse
2017 – Mallory Horse
A Brief History of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel:
- 1910: Philadelphia Toboggan Co. (PTC) creates a new, larger, grander carousel (known as PTC#19) for Euclid Beach Park, with 4 rows of horses, 3 inside rows of “jumpers” and an outside row of nearly life size stationary horses and 2 chariots.
- 1969: Euclid Beach Park closes and the Carousel is sold to Palace Playland in Maine.
- 1996: Palace Playland is sold. The Carousel is consigned to an auctioneer who moves the Carousel back to Cleveland. Purchased by The Trust for Public Land, the Carousel is sold to Cleveland Tomorrow.
- 1998: Cleveland Tomorrow places the Carousel under the stewardship of the Western Reserve Historical Society. WRHS begins restoration of all horses and chariots to the 1910 period.
- 1999-2000: Restoration of figures is completed.
- 2004: Cleveland Tomorrow gifts the horses and chariots to WRHS, making WRHS the full and sole owners of the Carousel.
- 2010: On the 100th Anniversary of the Carousel, WRHS partners with Cleveland’s Euclid Beach Park Carousel Society and Euclid Beach Park Now to return the Carousel to public use.
- 2014: The Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel once again opens up to the public for rides
Carousel Rules of the Ride:
- For the safety of our riders, no large bags or backpacks are permitted on the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
- All riders must be at least 42 inches tall to ride alone
- Each rider under 42 inches tall must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older
- Supervising adults of children under 42 inches tall must stand next to the horse and hold on to the child
- Only one rider per horse
- No changing horses once the ride has begun
- Please remain seated the entire time the ride is in motion
- No side saddle riding allowed
- No food or drink on the carousel
- No bare feet, wet clothing, or snow pants on the carousel
- The ride operator has the right to stop the ride at any time for the safety of the riders
Each day, the last ride will take place at 4:45pm.
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Start Your Passport Adventures Today!
Purchase a Carousel Passport book and receive a stamp for each horse you ride. See if you can ride all 58 horses!
Available in the Museum Gift Shop $3.50
Help Preserve the History of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel
Do you want to be part of the continued history of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel? Consider donating to help preserve and upkeep the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
If you’re interested in a sponsorship or donation, contact Timothy Mann, WRHS VP of Development, at (216) 721-5722 ext. 1401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For a full list of current donors to the Carousel project, click here.
WRHS is seeking a volunteer for the position of Carousel Spotter to assist in the operation of the Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel.
To download the volunteer position description, click here.
The Euclid Beach Park Grand Carousel | In the News
The Plain Dealer:
Akron Beacon Journal
Ohio Magazine: Horse Play (slideshow)
Cleveland Magazine: Merry Arts
Freshwater Cleveland: Long-Dormant Euclid Beach Carousel Almost Ready to Ride