11:00am to 7:00pm
11:00am to 8:00pm
WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY
11:00am to 8:00pm
FRIDAY - SATURDAY
11:00am to 8:30pm
Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day
Visionary/Owner: Alan Nicholson has loved Carousels since he was a little boy. When he envisioned the various eateries, boutiques and entertainment businesses in the Great Northern Town Center, he also envisioned a Carousel for the people of Helena and our tourists. In 2002 our doors opened, his dream became reality and the fun hasn’t stopped since!
Carver: Ed Roth carved all of the unique animals. He is a top professional carver doing carousel commissions all over the world. Among his clients is the Disney Company for whom he carved the outside row of animals for Disney’s Japan Carousel.
Painter: Betty Largent gave life and color to the animals. She was instrumental in the restoration of the Loofe Carousel in Spokane’s River Park.
Machine: Todd Goings built the machine in his shop in Marion, Ohio. Todd is one of very few folks out there who repairs and builds these amazing machines that spin 60,000 pounds with a 10 horse motor. Properly cared for, this machine should be good for more than 100 years.
Stained-Glass: Helena artist Mary Harris produced the wonderful glass-fired Helena area scenes depicted on the carousel rounding boards and the transom windows.
This certainly isn’t your ordinary carousel! This world-class, hand-carved, work of art consists of 37 unique Montana animals carved by a renowned Walt Disney World carver and 14 Helena scenic-carved rounding boards and stained glass artwork. In fact, the National Carousel Association said it is the finest carousel in the nation, if not one of the finest in the world.
Riders can choose to whirl around on a Big Horn Sheep, Buffalo, Cutthroat Trout, Grizzly Bear, Otter, Bobcat, Mountain Goat, Frog, Rabbit and Horse, just to name a few. After you’ve had the ride of your life, enjoy the best ice cream in Montana with over 24 flavors to choose from. The Carousel is also a great place to hold your next birthday party, summer barbeque, company social or private party. Every Thursday all summer, from 11:30 – 1:00, join us for Out To Lunch – live music and food vendors in the fresh air and sunshine of the Great Northern Town Center.
The Great Northern Carousel is dedicated to good, wholesome fun for kids of all ages. All folks and families are welcome to ride and smile and sing and whoop and make friends with all of the Carousel animals, their caretakers and each other. May it be a place where the everyday world is left in the dust while you and your critter leap with boundless energy along the most glorious trails of your imagination.
– Alan and Nancy Nicholson and Family
Whatever your celebration – kid's birthday, family-friendly business event,
anniversary party, ice cream social – make your reservation today by calling 406.457.5353.
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Please note that your best chance to secure your preferred party date is to call us four weeks in advance.