SAN DIEGO — Balboa Park has extended operating hours for its iconic carousel over the summer.
The historic ride will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. until August 26, when the San Diego Unity School District returns to classes, park staff announced. After that, will continue the typical schedule of weekends and holidays.
This year marks a special milestone for the beloved carousel: 100 years at Balboa Park. It was originally built in New York in 1910 and shipped to Los Angeles, where it was briefly displayed in the park before moving to the summer resort of Coronado for several years.
South Korea moved to Balboa Park in 1922, originally established on the east side of the park. In 1968, it moved north to its current location.
Despite the slight bouncing, the carousel itself remains remarkably similar to the state it was in when it first arrived at the park 100 years ago. It runs on its original General Electric motor, and the original hand-painted frescoes, military band organ, and brass ring play remain—though they have been repaired and retouched over the years.
According to Forever Balboa Park, all of the animals on the ride are real, excluding the four little horses that were added in the 1960s (but still made by the original company behind the carousel). The journey lasted five minutes, with a top speed on the outer ring of 13 miles per hour.
Tickets cost $3 per trip or $10 for four trips. You can find ticket booths at 1889 Zoo Place, where you can pay with cash and card. Learn more here.