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.
Sundays: 11am-9pm (9:30pm for Creamery)
Mondays: 11am-9pm (9:30pm for Creamery)
Wednesdays: 11am-9pm (9:30pm for Creamery)
Thursdays: 11am-9pm (9:30pm for Creamery)
Fridays: 11am-10pm (10:30pm for Creamery)
Saturdays: 11am-10pm (10:30pm for Creamery)
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 6 days a week. (CLOSED TUESDAYS) - 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
Take Route 93 South (Southeast Expressway). Go left at “the split” to “Route 3 South/Cape Cod”. Take Exit 35 (formerly 14), MA 228 North - Nantasket Beach. (Turn left at the bottom of the ramp.) Continue on RT 228 - Stay alert and watch for 228 North signs going through Hingham! When you arrive at the traffic lights at the Route 3A intersection, go straight across and follow directions below From the Route 3A/Route 228 intersection.
From Cape Cod:
Take Route 3 North from the Bourne Bridge. Take Exit 35 (formerly 14), MA 228 North - Nantasket Beach. (Go Right at the bottom of ramp). Continue on RT 228 - Stay alert and watch for 228 North signs going through Hingham! When you arrive at the traffic lights at the Route 3A intersection, go straight across and follow directions below From the Route 3A/Route 228 intersection.
- In Season Parking:
- Between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day, the DCR Parking Lots adjacent to Nantasket Beach are paid lots until 5pm daily. Rates are $15 for in-state and $20 for out-of-state visitors.
- Parking in front of the Carousel on Nantasket Avenue is restricted to two hours and strictly enforced. Please be considerate of our neighbors and friends – please don’t park in the clearly-marked crosswalks in front of the Paragon Carousel.
- Off Season Parking:
- Beginning on the Tuesday after Labor Day and ending on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend, all DCR parking lots are free, and there are no parking restrictions on Nantasket Avenue.
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