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Hershell Spillman Merry-Go-Round

Karen Bakar is a mother, writer and marketing professional in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was one of GeoParent's original guides.

Tilden Park's vintage carousel

One of the jewels of the Tilden Park crown is their vintage carousel -- complete with hand-painted horses and other animals and the unforgettable sound of a festive calliope.

Tilden Park's vintage carousel

Hershell Spillman Merry-Go-Round

You'll feel like you're at Coney Island without the beach on this antique gem of a carousel. Built in 1911 and fully restored in 1978, the Hershell Spillman merry-go-round is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Complete with its hand-carved, beautifully-painted animals, this carousel on Tilden Park's Central Park Boulevard is open for riding from 11 am to 5 pm on weekends and many holidays (but it's closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day), and also is open on weekdays during school spring and summer vacations.

Have a birthday? Call or email at least two weeks in advance to book a party at one of the tables in the grassy area behind the merry-go-round!

More about Tilden's carousel

GPS coordinates: 37.90121°N / 122.25660°W (Get directions here)

Phone: 510.524.6773

Website: Hershell Spillman Merry-Go-Round

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