Scouts, Schools, Seniors, Camps and Clubs - Looking for a unique venue for your next outing? The Paragon Carousel provides a backdrop of beauty, fun and history for your event.
The Paragon Carousel has been operating on beautiful Nantasket Beach since 1928. Built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, it boasts four rows of 66 intricately carved horses and two rare Roman chariots. It is decorated with 35 original paintings, 36 cherubs and 18 goddesses. Learn about our Curator’s restoration process in the Restoration Studio, where the horses are lovingly stripped of paint and varnish, inspected and repaired, and then painted in the original color schemes with the same techniques used in 1928.
Moving into the adjacent Paragon Park Museum, hear a brief history of the park’s founding in 1905 and its evolution from a Victorian era “exposition” to a late 20th century amusement park. Listen to modern recordings of songs about a trip to Paragon Park written in the early 1900s. Marvel at a scale model of the Giant Coaster and watch a “rider’s view” video (complete with screams!) of a front car trip on the classic wooden coaster (hands up!). See an original Kooky Kastle cart and the scale from George Kasian’s “Guess Your Weight” shack. Paragon Park clothing and merchandise are available for purchase along with copies of “PTC Carousels: The History of the Philadelphia Toboggan Company Carousels” and other carousel books and memorabilia in the Museum Gift Shop corner.
Then on to the Carousel to enjoy a ride with a new found appreciation for the beauty of the horses and the story of their place in Paragon Park’s history. Listen to the Wurlitzer Band Organ fill the air with music as you whirl round and round, like generations of kids of all ages have before.
Finish your visit with a dish of Ice Cream (with free jimmies!) from the Carousel Creamery snack bar. A perfect ending to another day in paradise at the shore!
During the summer season (mid-June through Labor Day), we are open to the public 7 days a week, and events are booked during Carousel operating hours. In the Spring and Fall, we are open weekends from 11am to 5pm. Special arrangements for Spring/Fall weekday groups are available