One of my favorite pastimes as a kid was going to carnivals and amusement parks. Heck, I still love doing that. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy the perks of being an adult, but I’ve found that the older I get, the less I seem to go and that makes me a little bit sad.
It makes me even more sad that, as the years pass, it seems to get harder and harder to ride the rollercoasters and super-intense rides that I used to love. I’m not saying I won’t do it anyway, but I’ve found I’m not as fearless (or resilient) as I used to be.
That’s why the carousel has always been one of my favorite rides, even in my prime. It’s relaxing and has this nostalgic quality about it that just makes you feel like a kid again, which is (for the most part) a great feeling. It also doesn’t make me feel like I’m going to die when the ride ends, which is also a great feeling.
So when I discovered the Merry-Go-Round Museum in Sandusky (a museum dedicated to the preservation of the history of the carousel), I decided to take a little road trip and check it out for myself.
I’ve gotta say, I never really knew how much went into these rides... but apparently, there's a lot. Located in the former Sandusky Post Office, the museum features several carousel animals, a working woodcarving shop, and the museum’s own fully-restored carousel. The museum even loaned their carousel deer to the White House for its 2014 holiday display.
Visitors are welcome to browse on their own or take a guided tour, which includes a ride on the museum’s working Allan Herschell carousel. Dibs on the tiger!
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The Merry-Go-Round Museum is located at 301 Jackson St., Sandusky, OH (44870).