Flying Horses Carousel, Oak Bluffs

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
The Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest operating platform carousel in America. Located in the historic resort community of Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, on Martha's Vineyard, the carousel was apparently first located in New York City before being moved to the island in the 1880s.

The carousel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1987. The carousel is one of only a handful of carousels that still have brass rings for a rider to attempt to grab as the carousel rotates.

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  • The carolsel doest go up and down, but it does have the brass ring you can get and that is something you NEVER glad we stopped!  more »
  • Not just a working carousel. Lots of vintage arcade games. Zoltar from the movie BIG was pretty cool. Right in the heart of oak bluffs, don’t blink or you might miss it.  more »
  • Really close to where the ferries drop you off in Oak Bluffs. Can be really crowded and hot in there. The ring grabbing game is a cool concept and very addictive for young children (even for adults). If you're a parent of a child who wants you to just ride and hold on to them, you still have to get a ticket. Kids under 12 get strapped in. Even though it seems kind of dangerous to try and stick your fingers in to a moving ring as the carousel goes around, it's still very fun!
  • Still as I remembered it as a child. Brought our daughter. She got 4 brass rings! Very special place for me and my husband. Hope it's around forever! Thank you! 🎠💕
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