Carol Ann’s Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park

Smale Riverfront Park will host nine ribbon cuttings in May and June, 2015. One of those ribbon cuttings will be for the spectacular Carol Ann’s Carousel.

Carol Ann's Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park

Located along the Ohio riverfront and between Great American Ballpark and Paul Brown Stadium, this carousel is a true work of art. The carving and painting of the animals/characters and the creation and installation of the carousel was be done by Carousel Works (Mansfield, Ohio).

Observatory Horse at Carol Ann's Carousel

There are three rows of characters around the carousel; some move up and down while others remain stationery.

Each character within the carousel tells the story of a Cincinnati life or an aspect of Cincinnati history or culture.

Bengals Tiger on the Carousel at Smale Riverfront Park

As you might guess, the tiger above represents our hometown Bengals. Who Dey!

Bearcats at the Carousel in Cincinnati

And the University of Cincinnati is well represented with a Bearcat.

Giraffe at the Carousel in Cincinnati

This adorable giraffe represents our city’s downtown skyscrapers. It’s tough to see in my picture but his blue hat is actually the tiara from Great American Tower.

Cincinnati Parks tribute on the Carousel

And the beauty above is a tribute to Willie Carden, director of Cincinnati Parks.

Oktoberfest Horse on the Carousel in Cincinnati

And it just wouldn’t be a Cincinnati carousel without a nod to Oktoberfest.

Bubbles the Horse at Carol Ann's Carousel

Bubbles is the Soap Opera horse. Oxydol, the first detergent of local Procter and Gamble, sponsored what would become known as “soap operas” – hence the name Bubbles. And don’t miss the Crosley radio there on the saddle.

whimsical characters on the carousel in Cincinnati

Some of the characters are more whimsical.

profiles of carousel animals at Smale Park

Above all else, I think you’ll really enjoy seeing the murals that are included on the carousel. The Cincinnati paintings were all done by Jonathan Queen, a local artist. You might also know Jonathan from the mural he did on the side of the Kroger building downtown.

Jonathan Queen at Carol Ann's Carousel

All around the top you’ll see scenes from various Cincinnati landmarks.

Washington Park depicted on the Carousel at Smale

And along the inner section of the carousel you’ll find “framed” Cincinnati landmarks along with flying pigs. AMAZING!

Cincinnati landmarks on the carousel at Smale Park

The carousel is at home in a large glass enclosed space overlooking the Ohio River and the John Roebling bridge. It will be open year round.

Union Terminal Cheetah

Want to know more about the characters on the carousel? Head over to the Smale Riverfront Park website where you’ll find a  “Meet the Figures” page.

Krohn Conservatory Rhino from Carol Ann's Carousel

Carol Ann’s Carousel is located within Smale Riverfront Park.

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Bridgett Raffenberg
My name is Bridgett Raffenberg and I am the creator of 365Cincinnati. I've been uncovering and sharing all of the best things to do in Cincinnati since 2010. I enjoy exploring new spots, discovering local events, and meeting the people who call Cincinnati home!

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