Frog Pond Carousel on the Boston Common

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What started as a test-run two summer's ago has finally become a fixture in our city.  The Carousel on the Boston Common not only offers fun for kids of all ages, it also beautifies the already beautiful Common.  At night, you can see the lights from the carousel twinkling in the dark and it really gives Boston an extra-special feel.

According to Mayor Menino,

"The Frog Pond now offers ice skating in the winter, a wading pool in the summer, and the carousel in the spring and fall making it a popular attraction for all seasons."

And it's true.

General Information:Tickets are $3 for a three-minute ride with no charge for adults who are not riding but want to stand next to their children on the ride.  The 20-seat carousel features horses, animals, a frog, and a teacup. 

History of the Carousel:Built in 1947 by the Allan Herschell Company of North Tonawanda, NY. The Allan Herschell Company, the most prolific maker of carousels, specialized in producing portable machines which could be used by traveling carnival operators.The Company produced over 3,000 hand carved wooden carousels and out-produced all of its rivals in the carousel industry.

Beginning in 1873, Allan Herschell was a partner in several companies manufacturing carousels. In 1915 he started the Allan Herschell Company which operated independently until it was sold in the early 1970's to a rival maker of amusement rides. A museum exists in the original manufacturing facility in North Tonawanda.


  • Event Category Parks, Other
  • Event Cost Under $10
    $3.00/ticket (one ticket = one ride) There is no charge for an adult who is standing next to their child on the ride. One adult per child. Strips of 10 tickets are available for $20.00 at the Carousel.
  • Event Ages All

Event Location

Boston Common

Bound by Tremont, Beacon, Charles, Park and Boylston Streets
Boston, MA 02111

(617) 357-8300