Flying Horses Carousel
The Flying Horses Carousel is the nation’s oldest platform carousel. Since 1884, the Flying Horses Carousel has delighted visitors in the town of Oak Bluffs.
Constructed by Charles Dare of New York Carousel Manufacturing in 1876, it is one of only two Dare carousels that still exist. Originally operated as an attraction on Coney Island, it was moved to Oak Bluffs in 1884 and includes stationary carved wooden horses with manes and tails of real horse hair and inset glass eyes. Each horse is brightly painted and fixed to the rotating platform by a metal post.
In the 1870s, when the Flying Horses Carousel was designed, summer recreation in America was expanding. At its peak, Coney Island, the most famous of the country’s amusement parks, had 25 carousels in operation – including the Flying Horses Carousel.
The carousel was acquired by Vineyard Trust in 1986 to prevent it from being dismantled and sold piecemeal to collectors of antique carved horses. The Trust undertook an extensive restoration of the Flying Horses, returning the carousel to its original appearance, complete with the historic panel paintings that were done by a Dare factory artist.
Connect with this landmark
The Flying Horses Carousel will reopen to the public on Friday, May 28.
In order to maintain COVID-19 social distancing protocols, the carousel will have a reduce capacity and only horses wearing a mask will be available to riders, who will also be required to wear a mask. The horses will be cleaned daily and hand sanitizing stations will be available to riders.
Memorial Day Weekend
Saturday & Sunday 10am-10pm
Monday (Memorial Day) 11am-4:30pm
Weekends in June
After island schools let out for summer
Now available to purchase: Flying Horses Carousel masks
Keep the memories you’ve made at the Flying Horses Carousel alive this year with a souvenir mask. Available in both adult and child sizes.
Your purchase will directly support the work of Vineyard Trust and has an added bonus of supporting our thriving island community.
Oak Bluffs, MA