Day Trips Around Boston
Life is a Merry-Go-Round at Nantasket Beach in Hull, MA
Article and photos by Eric H.
For lovers of amusement parks, Paragon Park was a
When Paragon Park closed in 1984, many of us found no "amusement" in its cold and heartless conversion to condo development. Today, the only remnants of Paragon Park are a clock tower and carousel, the latter thankfully kept alive by the Friends of the Paragon Carousel, Inc. The carousel is a beauty -- a wonderfully restored, well-maintained merry-go-round from 1928 featuring 24 restored shiny horses and a Wurlitzer band organ that generates the familiar carnival music. Sadly, it's the only carousel left in the Boston area, but happily, one that still brings a festive quality of life to an area that does seem to be rebounding a bit with good dining and lodging options -- and of, course, that magnificent beach that will most likely, never be taken away from us Bostonians.
The combination of a merry-go-round and fanstastic beach (with a bathhouse, restrooms and lifeguards on duty from late June to early September) might not have the total youthful essence package of Paragon Park, but it's certainly a worthy contender in the top things to see and do list in the Boston area, here in the 21st century.
The great stretch of beach at Nantasket
Editor's note: The Carousel is open until September, (with limited hours into October). For more information, please visit the Friends of the Paragon Carousel Web Site.
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