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San Diego Sights


  • 1889 Zoo Pl. Map It
  • Balboa Park
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 10/23/2014

Fodor's Review

Suspended an arm's length away on this antique merry-go-round is the brass ring that could earn you an extra free ride (it's one of the few carousels in the world that continue this bonus tradition). Hand-carved in 1910, the carousel features colorful murals, big-band music, and bobbing animals including zebras, giraffes, and dragons; real horsehair was used for the tails.

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1889 Zoo Pl., behind zoo parking lot, San Diego, California, 92101, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $2.50
  • Mid-June–Labor Day, 11–5:30 daily; Labor Day–Mid-June, 11–5:30 Sat.–Sun. and school holidays

Updated 10/23/2014


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