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Meet Wolf & Owl

The Wolf & Owl are our newest additions to the magical menagerie, seated comfortably on the memorial bench. Scott carved the pair in memory of his sister Chauncey, who loved “the idea that two very different animals can find companionship, kindness and even love together.”  To have Wolf as your spirit animal means you must have a deep connection with your instincts and your appreciation of the wild. As a wolf, you are loyal and smart and carry the instinct for freedom. Black wolves like this one are less aggressive […]

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Annual Memorial Day Celebration

The Carousel of Happiness opened on Memorial Day in 2010, in dedication two U.S. Marines who lost their lives in Vitenam while serving with the Carousel’s Founder, Scott Harrison. Each year, we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military with a ceremony at Noon on Memorial Day Monday. The building is open to all as we encircle the carousel, and visitors are invited to remember a fallen veteran.  Then, the carousel will turn for

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The Tortoise & Ladybug

He sits atop the old tool chest, near the carousel motor.  Ask the operator to help if you’d like to take a photo with him!  Scott’s smallest carving, Ms. Ladybug, is now on display in her toasty warm home above our radiant heat display, perched on a leaf. As Scott was finishing up tortoise, he remembered his good friend, George Blevins (our local cartoonist), wrote a story called “Mr. Turtle meets Ms. Ladybug.” And Scott decided he needed to carve a

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The Three-Toed Sloth & Her Two Butterflies

The sluggish sloth moves slowly inch by inch, yet it reaches our hearts. Found in the tropicalforests of Central and South America, sloths are tree dwellers. They can teach us to slow downand appreciate life if we have the patience to listen to their silence.  This beautiful creation arrived at the Carousel of Happiness in November 2023.  Some of the ornamental carved animals are available to permanently adopt.  Check out current adoption opportunites. A Bradypus, or Sloth, am II live

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11am to 5pm


11 am to 5pm


11am to 5pm


11am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm


10am to 5pm

Last ride of the day at 4:45pm

Call (303) 258-3457 for more information

Join us for the 2nd Annual


$1 Carnival Games

Popcorn, Cotton Candy, Festival Fare

Two Circus Shows at 1pm and 4pm

Show Tickets $45-$55 per person

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