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Hampton History Museum

Posted on: April 30, 2019

The Hampton Carousel is open for the 2019 season!

Hampton VA 1 -Antique Hampton Carousel

Take a Spin Back in Time!

Located in Carousel Park and operated by the Hampton History Museum, the former Buckroe Beach carousel, one of the City of Hampton’s most treasured historic assets, is open for the season.

Built in 1920, the carousel is completely restored to its original beauty and housed in its own weather-protected pavilion at Carousel Park on the city’s downtown waterfront. It is one of only 170 antique wooden merry-go-rounds still existing in the U.S. Hand crafted by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company for the Buckroe Beach Amusement Park, Hampton's Carousel is a whirling tribute to the skill of its creators.

After untold numbers of young and old enjoyed the carousel over its 65-year tenure, it was put in storage with the closure of Buckroe Beach Amusement Park in the mid-1980s. It was moved and restored at its current location in Carousel Park on Settlers Landing Road in Downtown Hampton in 1991. It still boasts its original mirrors and oil paintings, as well as 48 intricately decorated horses. Rising and falling to the strains of the original band organ, many of these carousel horses are so finely carved that the veins in their necks and legs are visible. 

Make a Day of it in Downtown Hampton!

Pick up a picnic lunch from great restaurants nearby to enjoy at one of the many colorful umbrella-covered bistro sets in Carousel Park, or savor the moment lounging in a comfy Adirondack chair at the park's sandy urban beach. Bring your canine best friend for a game of catch at the dog park and take a stroll by the waterfront to enjoy the sights. The Hampton Carousel is the perfect place to begin your visit to Downtown Hampton with family and friends.

Host your Special Event at the Carousel!

Have you always wished to host a party or special event at the carousel? There is no place else like it! For more information to make your dreams a reality email Will Pell at will.pell@Hampton.gov, or call 757-727-6805. Special hours are available for groups or special occasions.

The carousel will close for the winter on December 29, 2019, and reopen in April 2020.

The Hampton Carousel is located at 602 Settlers Landing Rd. Regular hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m., closed Mondays. Rider fees are $1.00 per ride. Tickets on sale at the Hampton History Museum and at the Hampton Carousel. For more information, call the Hampton Visitor Center at 757-727-1102 or visit www.HamptonHistoryMuseum.org.

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