Location: Missoula, Montana http://carouselformissoula.com/
Address: 101 Carousel Drive
Ride Cost: $0.75 children under 16, $.075 seniors over 55, $2.25 for adults, $1.50 for an adult and a child sharing a seat.
Age Range: all ages
Estimated Stay Length: 30 minutes longer if you visit the Dragon Hollow Playground too.
Food Services: Concession from June-August selling hot dogs, popcorn pretzels and other snacks and drinks.
Worth the Trip?: Absolutely. The combination of the Carousel, Dragon Hollow Playground and the nearby Children’s Museum Missoula make this area an excellent play for families visiting Missoula.
Gordie’s Review (3 years old): “It went fast!”
Overall: This carousel was put built in 1995 as a real labor of love by the community. A local cabinet maker spearheaded the efforts to make ‘A Carousel for Missoula’ carved ponies himself and purchased the antique frame. Each pony and chariot has a unique story. The Midnight Rose pony was donated by the Midnight Rose Carvers from Calgary, AB. Lucky the dragon dispenses rings that you can grab – if you get the brass ring you get a free ride.
One of the things I really liked about this carousel is that the horses are big enough for an adult to comfortably ride with a child. This was came in handy even with our three year old. He was nervous about riding, but more than brave enough when he could ride with his Daddy!
If you are visiting Missoula with your family, this area should definitely be on your list.
The Dragon Hollow Playground is right outside.