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America's Best Carousels

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Mark M. Gaskill

No childhood is complete without a whirl aboard one of America’s best carousels. They’re worth ponying up for.

Detroit Zoo Carousel

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Choose either a traditional horse or one of the more unusual critters (including a camel, a ladybug, and even a mini Tyrannosaurus rex) as your mount at this 33-seat carousel that debuted in September 2011. You could even pony up to rent out the wood-and-brass carousel for your own private event.

Cost: $2, plus zoo admission of $12–14; detroitzoo.org.

Lindsey Olander

America's Best Carousels

Detroit Zoo Carousel

Choose either a traditional horse or one of the more unusual critters (including a camel, a ladybug, and even a mini Tyrannosaurus rex) as your mount at this 33-seat carousel that debuted in September 2011. You could even pony up to rent out the wood-and-brass carousel for your own private event.

Cost: $2, plus zoo admission of $12–14; detroitzoo.org.

Lindsey Olander

Mark M. Gaskill
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