Merry-Go-Round Museum

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If the carousel is your favorite ride at the amusement park, you and I think alike! Forget the mile-high ferris wheel or the 2000 mile-per-hour roller coasters with all the soaring climbs, whiplash-inducing curves, and stomach-sinking-dips. Just give me a ride on the old-fashioned merry-go-round, and I’ll be happy. The merry-go-round pictured above is a working miniature model of the quintessential, ever popular amusement park ride. You can see it and ride the real thing in Sandusky, Ohio, where you can visit a fascinating museum focused on the history of carousels.

In July, our family visited Sandusky OH. While some of us spent the day at nearby Cedar Point Amusement Park, others toured the Merry-Go-Round Museum.  Both are located on the shore of Lake Erie. The day we were there a tall ships festival in the harbor was happening in the harbor, so there was plenty of action in and near Sandusky. It has taken a long time (like almost forever) for me to hit “publish” on this story of our day trip to the Merry-Go-Round Museum, but here goes! I hope you enjoy the visit.

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Once a post office building, now the Merry-go-Round museum.
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Sandusky mural
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Fountain in the city park
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An actual working clock and calendar
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Former post office
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For children to ride on in the barbershop

More pictures from the museum:

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Another calliope
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Wood carver at work refurbishing an old carousel


Concluding our visit to the museum, we drove to the harbor to check out the sailing ships and entertainment before we started the two hour drive east to Lake County.

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Our family relaxing next to the carousel

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Giant rubber ducky
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Underground Railroad historical marker
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Folk singer
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The Merry-go-Round Museum viewed from the park

Sandusky, Ohio, has plenty for visitors to enjoy. If you find yourself in the area, don’t miss the harbor and the Merry-go-Round Museum, and you can even take a jet-boat ride out to the islands and squeeze in a little history with a visit to Perry’s Monument. Even on a steamy ninety degree day, touring the waterfront is a fantastic way to spend a summer afternoon.

That’s it for this day trip. I hope you enjoyed it!
See you soon.
Trail Walker

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