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Carrousels - Merry-go-rounds around Paris

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Paris' Carrousels

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Place St-Pierre in Montmartre

Carrousels are a great idea when you are visiting Paris with your young family!

Parisians call their merry-go-rounds carrousels and are very fond of them.

You'll find about twenty carrosuels scattered all over the city, mostly next to the major tourist sites.

The first carrousels appeared in France in the second half of the 19th century and soon became highly popular with the Parisians.

The 1900’s are considered the 'Golden Age of the carrousels' and modern ones look rather similar to the original ones.

Carrousels are operated by private owners who are granted a license by the City of Paris, and are very much part of the Parisians' daily life.

Permanent carrousels

Here are a few of the 20 permanent carrousels scattered through Paris.

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Jardins du Trocadéro - Palais de Chaillot

The old fashion dual platforms Carrousel de Paris, in the Jardin du Trocadéro, is popular with both the Parisians and the tourists.

Children can ride traditional wooden horses but also various vehicles and even be lifted in a superb hot-air balloon.

Directions: 16th district - Palais de Chaillot - Jardins du Trocadéro - Metro Trocadéro on Line 9

The Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel is located on the opposite bank, just at the foot of the tower.

It is apparently powered by solar energy and has a large selection of wooden horses and vehicles, including a miniature train.

Directions: 7th district - Eiffel Tower - Closest Metros Ecole Militaire on Line 8 or Trocadéro on Line 6 or RER Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel

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By the Eiffel Tower

The single platform merry-go-round of the Tuileries Gardens has lovely wooden horses and carriages and a central pillar covered with a mirror.

Directions: Jardins des Tuileries - 1st district - Metro Tuileries, Concorde, Palais-Royal-Louvre - Rivoli on Line 1

The carrousel at Metro Saint-Paul is the most modern and colorful of them all.

It has no animals, but children can ride on various types of cars, planes and ships.

Directions: 1st district - by the exit of Metro St-Paul on Rue St-Antoine on Line 1

The Manège du Dodo, in the Jardin des Plantes zoo, is one of the most unusual carrousels.

It was built in 1992, but has the retro look of the 1930s and is a true Ark of Noe!

It has no vehicle, only animals; children can ride on a giraffe, lion, turtle, ostrich, elephant, or on some rare or extinct species such a Tasmanian wolf or a triceratops or a dodo!

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Carrousel by the Eiffel Tower

Directions: 5th district - Jardin des Plantes Metro Gare d'Austerlitz on Lines 10 or 5

The carrousel located in the Jardin du Luxembourg dates from 1879.

It is the oldest in Paris and was designed by Charles Garnier, the architect of the Opéra!

Its decoration is simpler than that of the other Parisian carrousels, but it has a unique charm.

It consists of a revolving wooden platform topped with a green and yellow dome, with a few gondolas and many different animals such as wooden horses, deer and giraffes.

Directions: 6th district - Jardins du Luxembourg - closest Metro Notre-Dames des Champs on Line 12

You'll find another traditional merry-go-round in the Parc de Bercy, where children can ride wooden horses and carriages and even a cow that pulling its tongue!

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Place de l'Hotel de Ville

Directions: 12th district - Parc de Bercy - Metro Bercy on Line 6

The carrousel installed on the square facing the Gare Montparnasse is called Carrousel des Impressionistes.

Wooden horses and carriages revolve around its central pillar, which is decorated with reproductions of paintings by Monet, Manet and Renoir.

Directions: 14th district - Along Avenue du Maine at Gare Montparnasse - Metro Montparnasse-Bienvenüe on Lines 4/12/13

The Jardin d'Acclimation is the oldest amusement park in Paris, and is located in the Bois de Boulogne.

It boasts several thematic merry-go-rounds, each proposing a different attraction (swings, Disney figurines, airplanes...)

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Jardins du Trocadero

Directions: 16th district - Jardin d'Acclimation in Bois de Boulogne -  Metro Porte Maillot on Line 1 or RER Maillot Neuilly-Porte Maillot

The small merry-go-round in Parc des Buttes Chaumont is the second most modern of all, and offers rides on a penguin, red fish, crocodile, fire truck or motorcycle biker... children love it!

Directions: 19th district - Parc des Buttes Chaumont - Metro Buttes Chaumont on Line 7bis

The traditional carrousel in Parc de la Villette has two platforms.

Wooden horses are on the upper platform.

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Gare Montparnasse

Hot air balloon, airplane, Tintin style rocket and tram are on the lower platform.

Directions: 19th district - Parc de la Villette - Metro Corentin Cariou on Line 7

If your children want to ride on a miniature bus, you must take them to the Square des Batignolles.

Directions: 17th district - Place Charles Fillion Rue Cardinet - Metro Brochant on Line 13

You'll find the Manège du Parc, another popular carrousel, near the splendid rotunda in Parc Monceau.

Directions: 8th district - Parc Monceau - Boulevard de Courcelles - Metro Monceau on Line 2

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Parc Monceau

If your children are looking for unusual vehicles such as a miniature Harley, they'll enjoy the merry-go-round located in Saint-Mandé - Bois de Vincennes!

Directions: Bois de Vincennes facing Rue Granvile - Metro Mandé on Line 1

One of the most popular merry-go-round is located on the tiny Place St-Pierre, at the foot of the Sacré-Coeur Basilica in Montmartre.

The ceilings of the Italian-built carrousel represent the Canals of Venice, but the theme chosen for its wooden horses (which are in plastic!) is the American Wild West with diligence and Indians...

Directions:  18th district - Place St-Pierre - Metro Anvers on Line 2

Seasonal carrousels

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Place de l'Hotel de Ville

You'll find more carrousels around Paris,  temporarily set up for the summer season or the time of a fair.

The modern and seasonal merry-go-round on Place Voltaire is known as the Supersonic, as it only has miniature spaceships, a theme obviously very popular with little boys.

Directions: 11th district - Place Voltaire - Metro Voltaire on Line 9

One of the most popular old-fashion carrousels of Paris is regularly set up on Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville for special events or celebrations.

Directions: 4th district - Place de l'Hôtel-de-Ville - Metro Hôtel-de-Ville on Lines 1/11

There are other seasonal carrousels in Paris, just keep your eyes peeled...

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