A beloved fixture of downtown Put-in-Bay, Kimberly’s Carousel has delighted visitors to the island since 1917. Constructed by Allan Herschell, this vintage carousel looks much the same as it did 100 years ago.
Brightly colored animals spin around the cheery red and white striped top. One of the few remaining carousels of its kind in the United States, kids and adults alike flock to this island institution. Take a ride on a chicken, pig, or Pete the Perch, the island favorite. Joyous music spills onto the streets as the ride goes ‘round.
The History of Kimberly’s Carousel
The Allan Herschell Company was the most prolific manufacturer of carousels and other amusement park rides. They specialized in portable machines for traveling carnivals. The company produced over 3,000 hand carved wooden carousel in the early years of the 20th century. They were known far and wide for their gorgeous, expertly crafted carousel horses.
Over time, the carousel fell into disrepair. The Put-in-Bay luminary, George Stoiber took it upon himself to save this important island fixture. He purchased in the 1980’s and worked alongside his wife June to renovate the entire ride and return it to its former glory.
Of the 36 original horse, only 12 remained intact with most of the paint vanished from the surface. The couple added new animals, including Petey the Perch and June personally painted most of the new animals. A true labor of the love, the couple understood that Kimberly’s Carousel is such an important part of Put-in-Bay history.
Kimberly’s is located on Delaware Avenue in the heart of downtown Put-in-Bay. That means that there are plenty of Put-in-Bay attractions all around it! Two of the sweetest spots on the island are its next door neighbors.
The Put-in-Bay Candy Bar sells lots of different types of candy, from penny candy to decadent fudge and ice cream. They also have a lovely outdoor patio. Visitors can listen to the carnival music from the carousel while enjoying a treat.
The Village Cafe and Bakery serves savory food for both breakfast and lunch and is a favorite Put-in-Bay restaurant for both locals and visitors alike! However, they are really known for their homemade pastries. A great way to start the day, their coffee is also the freshest around!
DeRivera Park is right across the street. This central hub is a lovely place to spend the day. There are also plenty of picnic tables and charcoal BBQ pits. Public restrooms and lockers are also on-site.
In the mood for shopping? The best boutiques and gifts stores are also seconds away. The Carriage House is one of the island’s largest souvenir shops. Housed in a charming green Victorian, visitors can find all the best Put-in-Bay goodies.
For the fashionistas, head to Misty Bay Boutique and Loverella. These high end boutiques specialize in the women’s clothing and swimsuits. Grab a fly new pair of sunglasses at Sun Stoppers. Now you are definitely beach ready!
A day spend enjoying the sights and sounds of downtown Put-in-Bay is always fun. There is always so much to do and see. The streets are bustling with locals and visitors alike enjoying the lovely summer weather and checking out the local Put-in-Bay bars and shopping destinations.
Kimberly’s Carousel is high up on anyone’s things to do in Put-in-Bay agenda. Come down and enjoy a part of Put-in-Bay history!