You Can Only be this Tall to Ride this Ride: The Flying Horse Carousel

Flying Horse Carousel

There’s no heartbreak quite like that of a 38-yeard-old woman who finds out that the vintage flying horse carousel only offers rides to children. No adults allowed. Insert woeful sigh.

This is the oldest in America, built in 1876, and located on the Rhode Island shore. It was part of a traveling carnival that ultimately stopped here and the carousel remains.

Twenty horses are suspended from the ceiling — fly, horsey, fly — instead of the traditional pole attachment. Each horse was hand-carved from a single piece of wood and embellished with real tails and manes, leather saddles and glass eyes.

It was beautiful, mesmerizing, and jealousy-inducing: I wished I were a little kid and could ride on it. Insert pout.

What have you encountered on your travels that’s limited for children? Besides summer vacation.

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Real manes and accessories? Sound carousel-eriffic!


I have found that throwing tantrums is limited to children. ometimes it looks so gratifying to lay down on the ground, cry, scream, kick and pound your fists. I guess I could do it, but when kids do it people tend to judge and not institutionalize like they might do with grownups.

Love the pictures and love this blog! I may not always comment, but I have not missed reading one of them.

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