One of fewer than 100 'Grand' carousels remaining in the U.S. today, the Paragon Carousel touches the hearts, sparks the imaginations and ignites the creative spirits of all who visit it.
The Carousel has been operating along the shores of beautiful Nantasket Beach for more than 80 years.
Built in 1928 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, it boasts four rows of 66 intricately carved horses and two rare Roman chariots.
It is decorated with 35 original paintings, 36 cherubs and 18 goddesses who look down while a Wurlitzer Band Organ fills the air with music.
The Paragon Carousel is the last remaining attraction from the beloved Paragon Park amusement park on Nantasket Beach that closed in 1985.
The antique amusement is a lasting reminder of the 'Golden Age' of Hull, MA, when the town was teeming with thousands of visitors each day in the summer for decades. The Carousel now attracts upwards of 100,000 visitors each summer.
Children of all ages return year after year to celebrate birthdays and experience the good old-fashioned fun of our vintage carousel. For the duration of the party, each child enjoys unlimited rides on the horses and chariots.
Our Birthday Party Package includes:
- your own party space inside the Carousel building for 1.5 hours
- area will be set up with tables, chairs and a balloon for each child
- wristbands for unlimited children's rides for 1.5 hours
- one complimentary old-fashioned wooden token for each child for a future carousel ride
- the Carousel operator will lead your child's guests in singing 'Happy Birthday' over the public address system
- souvenir Paragon Carousel cake knife
To inquire about reserving your party, please email [email protected] with the following information:
- your child's name and age
- your name and cell or home telephone number
- your first and second choice of day and date
- party start time
- number of children and adults expected to attend
Paragon Park Museum
The Paragon Park Museum and Museum Shop enhances the carousel experience. Located next door in the historic 1923 Clock Tower Building, visitors learn of Nantasket Beach’s fascinating history and relive nostalgic visits to Paragon Park. Learn about the park’s founding in 1905 and its evolution from a Victorian era “exposition” to a late 20th century amusement park.
Listen to modern recordings of songs written in the early 1900s about a trip to Paragon Park. Marvel at a scale model of the Giant Coaster and watch a “rider’s view” video (complete with screams!) of a front car trip on the classic wooden coaster (hands up!). See an original Kooky Kastle cart and the scale from George Kasian’s “Guess Your Weight” shack.
The final chapter focuses on the beloved 1928 Grand Carousel, the heart and soul of Paragon Park. Paragon Park clothing and merchandise are available for purchase along with copies of “PTC Carousels: The History of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousels” and other carousel books and memorabilia in the Museum Gift Shop corner.
In addition, the Restoration Studio is an integral piece of the museum. See James Hardison's latest 'restoration in progress' as he brings the carousel horses back to their once exquisite beauty. This unique opportunity recreates the past for the current generation, and brings back fond memories for so many.
SPRING - The carousel is open on weekends, 11am-5pm, starting Easter Weekend. We start the season with Photos with the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Drop on Easter weekend. Please visit our website for details.
SUMMER - The carousel is open daily. Sunday-Thursday - 11am-9pm
Friday and Saturday 11am-10pm.
FALL - The carousel is open on weekends, 11am-5pm. We finish our season with a Spooktacular Kids Costume party with prizes on the Sunday before Halloween. Please visit our website for details.
$3.00 per ride
205 Nantasket Avenue, Hull, MA, 02045 map
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