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Heritage Carousel

Yesterday was BE-A-EUTIFUL! It was so nice and cooler out that we opened our windows to air out the place. Oh how I wish it would stay that way šŸ™ BUT it will be getting back up into the 90’s later this week!

Since it was so nice out we took advantage of the weather and took Monte to the Heritage Carousel at Union Park! Remember when I talked about Clowns at the Carousel and all the fun things to do thereĀ here? Well, we finally got the last item crossed off our 2013 Summer Bucket List!

Everyone else must have had the same idea! The Heritage Carousel will not be open for much longer, so everyone else was taking advantage of the beautiful day and visiting Union Park to ride the carousel.

When we walked up to the carousel, Monte got super excited because of all the lights and music! He started clapping, so I thought for sure he was going to enjoy this! We purchased 2 rides for him, so he could ride once with Travis and once with me. They only charged us a $1.00 (50 cents per ride) because Travis and I did not actually ride on an animal. Usually it’s $1.00 per adult.

The first time, he rode with Travis. Travis sat him on a large polar bear. For the first minute he did okay, but then freaked out because he was not too sure what was going on. For the rest of the time Travis held him as they went round and round.

Travis Carousel

The second time, he rode with me. Before the carousel even started, I tried putting him on a huge giraffe but he wanted NOTHING to do with it! So, we rode around while I held him. He was perfectly content with that and enjoyed pointing at the lights.

On the top of the carousel there are paintings of places unique to Des Moines. I was able to take pictures of a few of the paintings, when the carousel was at a stop. The top painting was of the State Capitol, the middle painting was the Botanical Center, and the bottom painting was of the Victoria Hotel. You can point out all of the unique places in Des Moines, while riding and make it a learning lesson also!


Ā After all the fun at the carousel we headed over to the rocket slide!

Monte was REALLY excited when he saw this! This thing is super tall and he definitely was not going to climb up it and go down it alone, so Travis tagged along.

Travis&Monte Rocket Slide

Whenever he would go down the slide, he would clap and dance AND would run back around to do it again. Travis became tired pretty quickly!

I am glad we made it out to Union Park to enjoy the carousel and rocket slide. It is such a great place to hang out and play for the day. There are some shelters and even a wading pool (it had already been drained). This is one place to check out!

What did you do for Labor Day?

Clowns at the Carousel

One fun attraction in the Des Moines area is The Heritage Carousel at Union Park. This is one item on Monte and I’sĀ  2013 Summer Bucketlist. It looks like this Sunday may be a good day to get it crossed off!

Clowns At The Carousel

This Sunday, August 4th 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

There will be balloons, carousel rides, inflatable rides, face paintings, entertainment, food and so much more! This is all free to the public!


Heritage Park Carousel

History ofĀ theĀ CarouselĀ 
The Heritage Carousel is an organization which is operated under the Des Moines Carousel Foundation, a non-profit organization. Volunteers, part-time director and other assistance are the people who keep the carousel up to date and funtioning from Memorial Day weekend until the end of September.

If you look closely at the carousel, the wood work and painting represent certain history and places in Des Moines.

J.C. ‘Buz’ Brenton was the master mind behind this great idea. He also helped gather private funds to purchase the carousel and assisted in choosing a spot for the carousel to be placed.

Union Park was the chosen place! This would be a place where families could gather and children could have fun at an affordable price.

To this day you can rent the carousel for various occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and other various get togethers.

Today, you can ride the carousel 50 cents a ride.

Union Park

If you are going to check out the carousel, Union Park also offers a bunch of attractions. They have the infamous rocket slide!


A wading pool, shelters, and other playgrounds are available also.

You can make a day out of visiting Union Park and The Heritage Carousel!

All this information can be found at Clowns At The Carousel and The Heritage Carousel of Des Moines

Have you ever been to The Heritage Carousel or Union Park before?