Carol Ann’s Carousel at Cincinnati's Smale Riverfront Park Has Reopened

The attraction closed at the beginning of the pandemic, but officially reopened to the public over the Fourth of July weekend.

Carol Ann's Carousel - Photo: Jesse Fox
Photo: Jesse Fox
Carol Ann's Carousel

A beloved Cincinnati attraction hosted its grand re-opening over the Fourth of July weekend.

Carol Ann's Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park had been closed since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, but nearly a year-and-a-half later, the carousel is now officially open to the public once again. 

The carousel, which originally opened in 2015, features 44 Cincinnati-themed characters with panels representing local parks and landmarks and was crafted by Jonathan Queen. The attraction is enclosed in class and can be visited year-round during open hours. 

The attraction will be open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday through Aug. 31, and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday-Sunday from Sept. 1- March 31. Tickets start at $2 per ride and can be purchased online

The carousel will add to the charm already at Smale, with USA Today readers naming the park one of the country's top river walks and a statue of Cincinnati civil rights icon debuting last month.

Smale Park recently was the site of a shooting that left two teenagers dead and several others injured. Police continue to investigate the incident.

Carol Ann's Carousel, 8 E Mehring Way, Downtown. 

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