Open as weather permits

Take a Ride on the Wild Side!

The 36-foot custom-made, wood-and-brass carousel is adorned with 33 brilliant hand-carved, hand-painted figures, including traditional carousel horses as well as a colorful collection of other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, snakes, fish, seahorses, dinosaurs and an ADA-compliant peacock chariot.

Located adjacent to the Arctic Café and the Carousel Ice Cream Station.

Show Your Support!

Figure Sponsorship
The Detroit Zoo Carousel – with its brilliant colors, exotic animals, delightful music, gentle ride and magical setting – will evoke a sense of nostalgia and fond memories of today and for generations to come. It will be the place where your children, grandchildren, friends and friends' children will gather, have fun and make memories that last a lifetime.

Placed in the heart of the Detroit Zoo, the Carousel is designed to be a major gathering place for Zoo visitors. It has a capacity of 546 riders per hour and will be seen by over one million Zoo visitors a year. Custom-designed by The Carousel Works, the world's largest manufacturer of wooden carousels, each figure and the ADA-compliant

Carousel Rental
The attraction also can be rented for private parties, weddings and corporate functions. For rental information, contact Sherri Chmiel at (248) 336-5805 or