Quick Carousel Facts

***Sugar Sand Park Community Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-8pm, and Saturday & Sunday from 9am-4pm for walk-in permit sales and customer service questions.  2020-2021 Beach, Boat, & Dog Permits are available for purchase at City Community Centers. City beach, boat, and dog park/beach permit-holders are still encouraged to renew permits online.

In a continued effort to protect employees and the public, facial coverings or masks are encouraged while conducting business in City of Boca Raton facilities. Individuals are encouraged to practice safety and follow CDC guidelines.

The Science Playground, Splash Pad, walking paths, athletic fields, & outdoor basketball courts at Sugar Sand Park are open for public use and are to be used at your own risk. Please note, the grassy area between the Community Center and the Field House (in front of pavilion 2 and 3 and next to the basketball courts) is closed for programming on Saturdays from 8am-1:30pm and Sundays from 8:30am-12:30pm.

Be advised that the Children's Science Explorium, Willow Theatre, Carousel, and Field House are currently closed.

We will begin taking reservations for pavilion rentals on Wednesday, May 12th for dates beginning with Friday, May 28th. All reservations must be done in person at sugar sand park community center.

Park visitors must practice social distancing—remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible. ***

The Board of Commissioners of the Greater Boca Raton Beach and Park District are proud to present the arrival of the carousel, which opened on November 19, 2005, in conjunction with Sugar Sand Park's 10th anniversary.

Number of Horses

30 plus two wheelchair accessible chariots. The Carousel was manufactured by Chance Morgan of Wichita, Kansas.  It is 36' in diameter with thirty jumping horses (3 abreast) with two chariots (benches).  It is decorated with Dentzel-style scenery which was created by Gustav A. Dentzel, one of America's carousel pioneers.  Mr. Dentzel and his family began producing carousels in 1867 in a shop in Philadelphia.


The horses are reproductions of various hand-carved wood originals produced for use on steam powered machines of the nineteenth and early twentieth century.  The names of the original horse designers are familiar to aficionados of this art form: Parker, Carmel, Illions, Looff, Spillman, Dentzel, and the Philadelphia Toboggan Company.  Chance Morgan has obtained the rights to molds of these venerated antiques, and today, creates hand-painted fiberglass reproductions that are suitable for all-weather use. 

The carousel is placed on a large brick patio, surrounded by benches and shade trees.  It is surmounted by a decorative tent, complete with finial.  Multitudes of lights and music enhance the festive scene.


The Carousel is located adjacent to the science playground and the Children's Science Explorium.  

View the map of Sugar Sand Park


Monday-Friday 10am-7pm
Saturday, Sunday, Holidays 10am-5pm 


Each ride costs $1 per person.

Height Requirements:

Children must be at least 42" to ride alone.
Children under 42" may ride with the supervision of an adult.