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Balboa Park Carousel

Neighbourhood: Balboa Park
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Address: 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
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+1 619-239-0512

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This little railroad/carousel is located right out side of the zoo before getting to the park. A cute thing to check out with kids under 10. It was only a few dollars per ride too!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 May 2016
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

This little railroad/carousel is located right out side of the zoo before getting to the park. A cute thing to check out with kids under 10. It was only a few dollars per ride too!

1 Thank Love4Travel616
Farmingdale, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Two kids, six bucks lots of smiles, super cute and for a change I still have enough money left in my wallet for something else. A nice thing to do in Balboa Park, but not a destination unto itself.

Thank Stu S
Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2015

It's a small and classic miniature railroad and carousel, but fun to visit. Like many such attractions, it's clear that the operators take pride in this attraction.

Thank Rexflash
San Diego, California
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285 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2015

What can I say about the San Diego Miniature Railroad & Carousel except to say that if one is taking a child, be it grandchild, niece, nephew, etc., no trip to the area is complete without a ride on one of the two. Though lines may sometimes appear a bit long, particularly during a school holiday, they do move quickly!... More 

1 Thank traveltoforeignlands
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

First the train. $2 per person, Free for 11-months and under, which obviously means that 'kids of all ages' can ride too! There are only a few left like it in the country. Open 11-4:30 and operated by volunteers working through the San Diego Zoo. The train boarding area is just to the east of the Zoo front entrance. The... More 

3 Thank etweeden
Los Angles, CA
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

This mini train takes you on a quick ride around a track that is shaded but along the parking lot of the San Diego Zoo. It's fun for little kids, older ones might not be impressed. The "animals" along the way are stationary wooden sculptures. 3 stars cuz my kids liked it & there was no line for tickets. Missing... More 

1 Thank ACEtravlr
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2015

My grandson looks forward to a ride on the miniature train everytime I visit! There are interesting animal displays to discuss and although the ride is short each time is new and different. The crowd likes to scream in the tunnel and the engineer's are friendly and love to hear "All aboard!"

1 Thank danidad1234
San Diego, California
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645 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2015

In 1994 the Balboa Park carousel won the NCA Historic Carousel Award in recognition of it's historic significance, quality, maintenance, regular schedule of operation and the community support. Our carousel continues to be available to the public as an operating machine. It is located adjacent to the San Diego Zoo. The carousel is a Herschell-Spillman menagerie model built in 1910.... More 

1 Thank Walker S
Toronto, Canada
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14 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2015

Adjacent to the San Diego Zoo, the Balboa Park carousel is a delight for kids and adults alike. Built in 1910, it is one of the few structures in the world still offering the brass ring game for everyone taking the 5-minute ride. Make sure to check it out while visiting San Diego and if not in the mood for... More 

1 Thank SterlingFoxInc
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2014 via mobile

A must-see & ride! This vintage carousel is amazing in all ways! We got the brass ring twice to boot! (2 free rides ;). Our boys loved it almost as much as we did. A hidden gem amidst the madness. $2.50/ticket or 5 for $10 Go! Now!

Thank tazishas

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