Bay Carousel Horse at the Nut Tree Plaza, Vacaville, California – Not Your Typical Horseback Riding Vacation
Nut Tree Carousel
1681 East Monte Vista Avenue, Vacaville, CA
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fri. – Sat. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (rides closed on rainy days)
Cost: $2 per ride
First Level at the North end, San Francisco, CA
Hours: Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost: $3 per ride
San Francisco Zoo Historic Dentzel Carousel
1 Zoo Road, San Francisco, CA
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Cost: General Admission $11 adults, $5 children; San Francisco residents $9, $2.50 children
Dentzel Carousel History
The Dentzel Carousel was built by William H. Dentzel in 1921. This hand-carved wooden carousel is one of the finest examples of an expensive and lavish art that ended during the Great Depression in the 1930’s. Carousel horses these days are made of cast metal and fiber glass. The Dentzel Carousel is located near the Fisher Family Children’s Zoo.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Cost: $3 per ride or purchase an all day unlimited ride wristband
One of the Last Brass Carousel Ring Machines in the Country
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk’s Looff Carousel, built in 1911, features one of the last brass ring machines in the country. In 1987 the U.S. Park Service declared the Looff Merry-Go-Round a National Historic Landmark along with the 1924 Giant Dipper roller coaster. As a child growing up in Northern California, I have fond memories of grabbing that brass ring and aiming it for the clown’s mouth. I can’t remember if I ever landed that brass ring, but I’ll never forget my visits to ride the carousel horses on Santa Cruz, California’s beach boardwalk.