Year-round carnival

Missoula's Carousel, located in Caras Park, took over 100,000 volunteer hours to construct. It opened in 1995 and features the largest band organ in the entire US that is continuously used.

A Carousel for Missoula

A Carousel for Missoula
101 Carousel Drive
(406) 549-8382

Opened in 1995, Missoula’s famous Carousel was the culmination of a labor of love for volunteers who contributed over 100,000 hours of time into the construction of 38 ponies, two chariots, 14 gargoyles, gargoyle frames and mirror frames, and the largest band organ in continuous use in the United States.

Situated on the bank of the Clark Fork River in Caras Park – a popular venue for events – the Carousel is a Missoula mainstay.

Carousel Hours:  11am-5:30 every day of the year–including Christmas Day (and rides are FREE on Christmas Day!) Exception:  Pony restoration usually happens the first 2 weeks of January every year.

For more information, read our featured overview about A Carousel for Missoula.

Fairy Tale and Superhero Festival is July 25

By THERESA COX - Calling all magical beings to attend the Fairy Tale an... more

Kidsfest 2015 Slated for July 28 at Caras Park

Celebrate Kidsfest 2015--a free summer celebration for Missoula familie... more

Own Your Own “Paint” Carousel Pony or “Scafti” the Dragon

By THERESA COX- Three very special carvings will go home with lucky win... more

Celebrate Kids’ Day at the Carousel

A Carousel for Missoula will be celebrating its 20th birthday on Sat., May 23. Come enjoy FREE rides on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. ... more

Carousel to Host Unusual Track Meet to Kick Off Kids’ Day 2015

Hey Kids--wanna barrel race on a stick pony? Toss stinky socks? Tumbe tires? Be a part of the first ever Kids’ Day Track Meet, Sat., May 23, from 8:30-9:30am at the Carousel! ... more

Carousel Carvings on Display at Annual Wood Carvers Show, May 2 & 3

The Ponykeepers of A Carousel for Missoula will be letting the chips fall where they may during the Western Montana Wood Carvers Show, May 3 & 4, at the Missoula Fairgrounds.... more

Celebrate the Carousel’s 20th Birthday on Kids’ Day, May 23

Each year, the Carousel offers free rides on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend as a birthday gift to the community. Extra activities are planned for this year's 20th Birthday party.... more

Kidsfest 2014 Slated for July 29 at Caras Park

Join Missoula Parks and Recreation for Kidsfest 2014, a free summer celebration for Missoula families at Caras Park on Tuesday, July 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.... more

Dragon Hollow to be Haunted for Halloween

Dragon Hollow Playarea, next to A Carousel for Missoula, will be haunted for Halloween, from 6 to 8pm, Fri., Oct. 18 through Sun., Oct. 20, and Fri., Oct. 25 through Wed., Oct. 30.... more

Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival is Saturday July 27

Come to the Fairy Tale and Super Hero Festival at Dragon Hollow Play area on Sat., July 27, from 10am to noon. Kids will enjoy fun, food and activities. The first 450 will receive a Tooth Fairy bag.... more

30+ Things for Kids to Do in Missoula, Montana

By LINDA McCARTHY - I am amazed at how many free and low cost things there are to do with kids in Missoula, Montana. My daughter and I compiled a list of more than 30 Things to Do With Kids in Missoula:... more

Get in the Halloween Spirit at the Haunted Dragon Hollow

Looking for a haunted house in Missoula? The haunting of Dragon Hollow continues this Thursday, Oct. 25, through next Monday, Oct. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening.... more

Get Out of the Kitchen Next Week: My Favorite Missoula Restaurants

By MARGARET HORTON - Thanksgiving is next week and it’s got me thinking: I’ll provide place to stay and the home-cooked meals for my guests, but it’s also fun get everybody out for a meal.... more

Making Waves in Missoula

Brennan’s Wave has turned the heart of Downtown Missoula into kayaking paradise. Built to create a play spot for local kayakers, Brennan’s Wave is an engineered whitewater masterpiece right next to Caras Pa... more

MoBASH Skate Park

Named one of the country’s top 5 skate parks by Thrasher Magazine... more

Dragon Hollow Play Land

Created in just nine days in 2001 with the help of over 4,000 volunteers, Dragon Hollow is a magical play land adjacent to A Carousel for Missoula. After the opening of the Carousel in 1995, attention tu... more

Missoula Wins Playful City USA Award

In 2009 KaBOOM!, a national non-profit organization, confirmed what many Missoulians already knew to be true – Missoula is one of the most Playful Cities in the nation. Playful City USA is a KaBOOM! progra... more

Missoula Children’s Theatre

Long a Missoula staple, the MCT is now far more than a local gem. For nearly 40 years, the Missoula Children's Theatre and MCT Community Theatre have delighted locals and visitors alike with outstanding full... more

Currents Indoor Waterpark

If it’s January and you feel like a swim, where do you go? Currents Indoor Waterpark! Open 12 months a year, the Currents Aquatic Center features both leisure pools and lap pools with 20-yard lap lanes, tw... more