So, guess what?! Raleigh actually has 2 beautiful historic carousels downtown. You’ve probably visited Pullen Park, but did you know that there is another gorgeous restored carousel just a few miles away? John Chavis Memorial Park in Raleigh has a 1923 carousel in a new climate controlled building, with an ornate Wurlitzer band organ at its center, and tickets from Pullen can also be used there. The park also has several playing fields, a great sand playground, a lighted outdoor walking track, and several picnic shelters. It is also right next to the Chavis Community center which offers classes and rentable facilities through the City of Raleigh. My girls loved climbing on the ages 2-5 and 5-12 playground equipment and part of Walnut Creek that runs through the property. It’s so much fun to find a new and not-too-crowded place to play, I hope your family gets to check it out soon!
Know Before You Go: There is a pool/splashpad at this park that is under construction. Please check back for more info when it re-opens!
There are no bathroom facilities open at the playground, you visit the community center for restrooms.
The carousel ticket sales close 10 minutes before park closures.
Tickets are $1 for the carousel for all riders 13 months and older (this includes accompanying parents)
The playground equipment is mostly metal, and gets really hot to the touch in the sunshine.