In an era of virtual reality and high tech theme and adventure parks, The Flying Horses Carousel on Martha’s Vineyard is a throw back with a winning formula. Not only is it the oldest carousel in America but its magical, historic charm has helped spin it into one of the most popular attractions on Martha’s Vineyard.
Our own Guinevere Cramer says the Flying Horses Carousel is an essential experience for everyone’s Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List. Hop aboard!
Now a recognized National Historic Landmark, the carousel is owned and operated by the Martha’s Vineyard Preservation Trust. Flying Horses Carousel sits right downtown, in the hustle and bustle of Oak Bluffs, where it’s been delighting generations of families since the late 1800’s.
Beside the old fashioned fun, grabbing one of the brass rings becomes the center of attention, and something of a summer rite of passage. Grabbing the ring takes some skill, as well as luck, since the ring holding arm only contains a few brass rings among its large stock. The brass ring earns you a free ride on the Flying Horses.
The Flying Horses Carousel generally opens around Easter with weekend rides, then goes daily for the heart of the summer season. While there will be lines in the middle of the summer, they move quickly.
Martha’s Vineyard is much more than an island with nice beaches (although there are certainly many) and summer homes. With its multi-generation appeal, and so much to offer, we decided that the classic experiences that help make the Vineyard a magical place, deserve their own focus within the ON POINT BLOG.
The Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List is our ongoing curated video collection of the best Martha’s Vineyard vacation experiences and first-hand travel adventures. From exploring the island by tall ship or biplane to touring its lighthouses to finding the best beach walks, sunsets, and farm to table adventures, there’s a lot to discover. Martha’s Vineyard Bucket List Collection.