Flying Horses Carousel
15 Lake Avenue
Oak Bluffs Map
Phone: 508-693-9481
Built: 1876
Acquired: 1986
Hours: Seasonal
Fee: $2.50 per ride
About: The Flying Carousel is the nation’s oldest platform carousel and has been designated by the U.S. Department of the Interior as a national landmark. Constructed in 1876 by Charles Dare, it is one of only two Dare carousels still in existence. Originally operated as a Coney Island, NY amusement, it was moved to Oak Bluffs in 1884, where it has lived in its red barn, delighting generations of Island residents and visitors ever since. The carousel was acquired by the Martha's Vineyard Preservation Trust in 1986 to prevent it from being dismantled and sold piecemeal to collectors of antique carved horses.
© Preservation Trust Photo Archive
America's oldest carousel still thrills visitors of all ages from Easter to Columbus Day on the Island of Martha's Vineyard
Post Office Box 5277
Edgartown, MA 02539


My grandparents own a house on Narragansett Ave which has been in the family for over 100 years. As a result, riding the carousel is a huge part of my life and one I’m very glad to pass along to my kids. The look of joy on my son Liam's face as he caught a ring last summer is one I will always cherish. I still feel the same way after riding for 30 years. Thank you for maintaining this wonderful carousel.

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