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Silver Beach Carousel reopens this week

The Silver Beach Carousel will reopen on July 23 with a new reservation system in place to maintain safety standards for riders.

This new system requires riders and Carousel visitors to sign up in advance for one of four, one-hour time slots on Friday and Saturday of each week.

Between each session, volunteers will spend half an hour cleaning and disinfecting the Carousel and Carousel House before the next group arrives.

Reservations can be made online for $8 per party member. Each person in a group ages three and up will need a purchased ticket, including non-riders.

Time slots will be:

  • 11 a.m. to noon
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

No walk-in riders will be accepted but if a time slot is open, passersby can sign up online to enter the Carousel.

Because a large group of the Carousel’s visitors are children who haven’t had a COVID-19 vaccine yet, those over the age of three are strongly encouraged to wear a mask.

Disposable masks, sold for $1 cash only, and cloth masks, $10, will be sold at the gift shop.

The gift shop and refreshment stand will be open during operating hours.

Many improvements were made to the Carousel during its closure, including touch-ups on Carousel figures and displays, the addition of new decorations, and the rebalancing of the Carousel for a smoother ride.

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