Smiling on a Saturday: The Carousel in Balboa Park

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Smiling on a Saturday: Balboa Park Carousel


Balboa Park Carousel


We spent several hours yesterday in wonderful Balboa Park in San Diego to celebrate our anniversary. We stumbled upon this 1910 carousel on our way to the rose garden and had to stop and watch, plus take a video and photos for the grandkids!


I understand the murals are all originals, and all but 2 of the animals (I think ALL the seats - the stationary ones and those that moved up and down according to my research) are original.


It was great fun to see the riders - young kids with parents, older kids - all whirling around while the music played. It's been decades since I've ridden one of about you?


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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Jeff - those figures are collectors items.  I remember a SHRM conference in San Diego when the night entertainment was a night in Balboa Park.  That place is fantastic.

Jul 29, 2018 01:15 PM #1
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

It has been a long time for me but there is still the kid in me that would hop on.

Jul 29, 2018 03:52 PM #3
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Grant Schneider 

I love going there but we have only explored a small portion of the park and the many museums. And the zoo is terrific!


Jul 29, 2018 04:26 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joe Pryor 

Well I thought about it but I get dizzy kinda easily - that could have been embarassing!!


Jul 29, 2018 04:50 PM #5
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jeff- now THAT's a carousel!!!!  I loved riding these when I was a little girl!!!  

Jul 29, 2018 05:34 PM #6
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Jeff.

Decades my backside, it's been centuries however, it seems only like yesterday.

Jul 30, 2018 01:02 AM #7
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

What a great carousel, Jeff. Loved them as a kid and still do. This is certainly one I'd take a spin on if I were in the area... the biggest problem would be deciding which one to ride on.

Jul 30, 2018 05:05 AM #8
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Jeff, this is a beautiful carousel. My Mom used to restore carousel horses and I know those that have real tails are extremely old. It's incredible that all but, 2 animals are original. I would have jumped right on.

Jul 30, 2018 05:46 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff a carousel is about my speed these days at amusement parks ....... LOL

Jul 30, 2018 09:54 AM #10
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - Congratulations on your anniversary! Cheers to many, many more! I can't think of a better place to celebrate such an important day as Balboa Park. My daughter got married there!

The Carousels are just lovely. The workmanship on these animal sculputures and the attention to details to make it rotate with the right movement, sound, and attraction takes a lot of planning - just like a marrige! Once again, congratulations on your anniversary!

Jul 30, 2018 10:18 PM #11
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Carousel animals are quite the collector's pieces...we know people who have them....a real "focal point' to decor...and your anniversary celebration...glad you enjoyed it !

Jul 31, 2018 04:45 AM #12
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
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Balboa Park is a special place, it's been years since I've been to San Diego.

And, Happy Anniversary Jeff Dowler, CRS wishing you many, many more happy years together!

Jul 31, 2018 07:47 PM #13
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