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Address: 1245 Midway Pkwy, Near the Conservatory in Como Park, Saint Paul, MN 55103-1061
Phone Number: +1 651-489-4628
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Sat - Sun 11:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Large, beautifully restored antique carousel with 68 hand-carved horses and...

Large, beautifully restored antique carousel with 68 hand-carved horses and two chariots. Lovingly cared for by volunteers, who operate it in warm weather, May 1-Oct. 31 each year. Children under 3 ride free but must be accompanied by a paying adult; other safety rules are presented in a brief pre-ride speech. This carousel operated at the Minnesota State Fair from 1914 to 1989 and was saved by the community from being broken up and sold at auction. Enjoy!

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Children love this. It's a must while at Como Zoo. Last time I was on it I believe the cost was $2 a person.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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151 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Children love this. It's a must while at Como Zoo. Last time I was on it I believe the cost was $2 a person.

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Thank tif316
St. Paul, MN
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35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

Situated next to the Como Conservatory, enjoy a ride on this beautifully restored carousel. Volunteers have spent countless hours to bring this to life for children and adults to enjoy!

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Thank Debra H. C
Nancy P, Volunteer/Board Member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Debra, thanks for your five-star review and for calling attention to the role of volunteers in rescuing, restoring, and operating the carousel! More 

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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Cafesjian Carosel is a step back in time with it's old time organ music and bobbing horses. The craftsmanship of the carousel and attention to detail on each and every horse is stunning. The ride is popular so be prepared to wait...you won't be disappointed.

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Thank Rebecca G
Nancy P, Volunteer/Board Member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. We're always happy when people appreciate the carver's talent and attention to detail. More 

Mniow, Poland
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

fun to start out your day or end you day with this attraction- adults can ride also- inexpensive- take pictures!

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Thank talewine
Nancy P, Volunteer/board member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Thanks for your 5-star review and your good advice for visitors! More 

Menomonie
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33 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Everyone should at least stop in and see the carousel if they are in or near Como Park. Even at 55 I enjoyed riding with my 4 yr old grand daughter who thought it was amazing.

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Thank David T
Nancy P, Volunteer/board member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Thanks, David, we agree that the carousel is a must for anyone visiting our beautiful park! More 

St. Paul
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59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Every time I go to Cafesjian's Carousel, I am reminded of the carousel my grandmother used to take me to in New York. This carousel is more than 100 years old, and the horses are in mint condition -- as is the music calliope. The carousel is operated by a group of caring volunteers who give all riders a quick... More 

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Thank Elizabeth A
Nancy P, Volunteer/Board Member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Elizabeth, thanks so much for your review. You have mentioned things that our volunteers love to provide--beautiful horses, great old music, riders' safety, and of course enjoyment, as well as a good value. Hope you'll return often. More 

MN, USA
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112 reviews
65 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

At the conservatory and zoo, this classic 4 deep carousel has found a wonderful home structure after being booted from the MN State Fair, moved from a Downtown St. Paul indoor park, and now operates in all its glory again! A big wheel and great attraction.

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Thank jesseMN
Nancy P, Volunteer/Board Member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Jesse, thanks for your review. Your headline captures the big story....we nearly lost this carousel twice but the community managed to save it. Now it's operated by volunteers who love to see people enjoy it. And yes, it is truly a big wheel! More 

Minnesota
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75 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 May 2016

The Carousel at Como Park is so beautiful. Used to take my grandchildren on the ride when they were little. I love the nostalgia, the beauty and the music. Everyone loves a Merry-Go-Round.

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Thank Pinsey60
Nancy P, Volunteer/Board Member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Thanks for your review--we are glad you enjoy the carousel so much. Sounds like you would be a great volunteer! More 

South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

When our lit test and newest family members become old enough to enjoy we make a trip here . Time to introduce them to the beauty of the old carousel. The older grand kids love it also . 4 generations all riding ! Yeah

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Thank _stretcherfetcher1
Nancy P, Volunteer/Board member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

We're so glad you have made the carousel a multi-generational family tradition! Thanks for your review, and we hope you'll come to ride soon after we open for the season on May 1! More 

Saint Paul, Minnesota
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18 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

This Carousel has had many locations in the Twin Cities over the decades & has found a permanent home at Come Park & Conservatory. Well worth the time to visit it and reminisce or give the kids a rare opportunity to ride this well loved antique carousel with a long history

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Thank M G
Nancy P, Volunteer/Board member at Cafesjian's Carousel, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your review. Weather permitting, we'll operate daily from May 1 through Labor Day, and weekends through October. Looking forward to those Happy Days! More 

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