J&S Carousel

180 San Marco Avenue, St. Augustine, 32084
(904) 823-3388
  • In 1927 the carousel was built and was known as the C.W. Parker Carousel. Then bought by a Ringling Brothers circus performer, Gerard Soules for $25,000 from a barn in Mystique, Michigan the carousel went to a zoo in Fort Wayne, Indiana. His brother James Soules, who is still the owner today inherited the carousel after Gerard's death in 1992, who restored it with help from Carl Theel of Theel Manufacturing. Finally James Soules brought the carousel to Davenport Park in 1994 and it has remained since, the J&S Carousel.

    Fun for children of all ages the carousel consists of horses and a camel. All are fantastically painted, very colorful, and easy to ride. The horses and camel go up and down and it is only $1 to ride. Old-fashioned music plays throughout the J&S Carousel that puts you back in the day of old time circuses and county fairs. Located in Davenport Park between San Marco Avenue and US 1 at San Carlos Avenue, next to the Public Library building.

  • Reviews


    We have visited St Augustine just to take our guests with children to this carousel. For a $1.00 a ride the children can ride it several times and you still have to drag them away. Also the park has swings and playground equipment and picnic benches. It's great!


    Took our granddaughter to the carousel and park as part of a visit to St. Augustine. At 2 1/2 she absolutely loved multiple rides over the two days of our visit. Her grandpa greatly enjoyed the present memories of the ride with our granddaughter which brought back a lot of childhood memories of carousel rides in Indiana. She also enjoyed the other activities at the park. Three generations had a lot of fun. It topped off a great weekend in St. Augustine.

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