Dogs, cats, deer, zebras, frogs and dragons are just a few of the party animals on this ride built in 1910. All but two hand-carved pairs are originals, as are the hand-painted murals and the military band music. It's also one of the places where you can still grab for the brass ring.
Los Gatos, CA
Originally built for San Francisco's 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition, this carousel came out of retirement in 1980 and is a local favorite. Its history is uncertain, but its charm is not.
Conservation Carousel, Los Angeles Zoo
Golden Gate Park
This 1914 Herschell-Spillman carousel has moved around, starting at Lincoln Park in Los Angeles, making a stop at the 1939-40 World's Fair on Treasure Island before settling at Golden Gate Park. It has a lion and tiger, but no bear, just a menagerie of other beautifully-executed creatures
Los Angeles, CA
Built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company for San Diego's Mission Beach, it came to Griffith Park in 1937. Every horse is a jumper and a real beauty, with jewel-encrusted bridles and lots of decorative details. Its companion Stinson 165 Military Band Organ is said to be the largest carousel band organ on the West Coast.
Handcrafted in Italy, the new, double-decker is the only carousel in the U.S. decorated with scenes of its home city.
400 Beach St.
Santa Cruz, CA
The Santa Cruz Boardwalk carousel was built in 1911 by Danish woodcarver Charles I.D. Looff, making it the Boardwalk's oldest ride. If you ride on the outside, you can try to grab the ring (which is now steel instead of the traditional brass) and try to throw it into the clown's mouth.
Santa Monica, CA
Built in 1916 by Charles I.D. Loof, it's rather plain by carousel-aficionado standards, but nevertheless, it may be the country's most famous merry-go-round. Besides showing up in lots of television shows and commercials, was the site where Paul Newman met Robert Redford in The Sting.
San Diego, CA
Hand-carved in 1895 by the renowned Charles Looff, it started out in Dallas' Fair Park and entertained folks in Oregon and up in Santa Monica before arriving in San Diego in 2004.
It's been here since 1950, but was built by Herschell-Spillman around 1911. It's one of two surviving "menagerie" style carousels made by this builder.
221 4th St. at Howard
San Francisco, CA
Built in 1906 and at San Francisco's Playland-at-the-Beach from 1912 to 1972, it's been at Yerba Buena since 1998.