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- Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
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Built in 1876, the Flying Horses Carousel is the oldest operating platform carousel in the country. The hand-painted horses, housed in a big red barn, have been carefully preserved; most of the original steeds still have horse-hair manes and tails. Kids — and the young at heart — love to ride this carousel. Riders can also play the brass ring game. Collect as many rings as you can as you ride by the metal ring dispenser — one dispenser is placed within reach of the outside row and another in reach of the inside row. The lucky rider who catches the brass ring scores a free ride.
Recent travelers, especially those with kids in tow, highly recommended a stop here (just be prepared for long lines, especially during the summer). Even if you won't be taking a spin on the carousel, you'll want to make a quick stop for the history alone, according to recent visitors.
The Flying Horses Carousel is located in Oak Bluffs on the northeastern tip of the Vineyard. As a seasonal attraction, the carousel is open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the summer, with varying hours the rest of the year. Rides cost $2.50 per person. Check the Flying Horses page on the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust's website for more information.
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