The carousel is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

$5 per person (good for two consecutive rides)
$3 with paid museum admission

Please note: The Carousel is subject to close on days with inclement weather, such as high temperatures. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The safety of our riders and operators is our top priority. 


The history of the LeRoy King Carousel

  • 1906 Constructed in Rhode Island by renowned designer and craftsman Charles I.D. Looff. The carousel was intended to be installed in San Francisco, however due to the great 1906 earthquake and fire it could not be installed.
  • 1907 Installed at Luna Park, Seattle
  • 1913 Moved to San Francisco’s Playland-at-the-Beach
  • 1972 Playland-at-the-Beach closes. Carousel purchased by private collector and put into storage in New Mexico
  • 1983 Moved to Shoreline Village, Long Beach, CA
  • 1998 Purchased by the City of San Francisco, fully restored, and opened in its current location at the Children’s Creativity Museum in Yerba Buena Gardens
  • 2014 Restored and renamed in honor of former San Francisco Redevelopment Commissioner LeRoy King

 Click to view the list of adopted animals.  

Adopted animals on the Carousel

Alama Dingdong in honor of Hezzie by Austin Madison
Anhela in memory of Anhela Oropeza by Gavin & Stacy
Ashley by P.A. Corbett
Baby Zhang in honor of Tom and Beth Chang by The Tye-Chang Family
Beau by The Donovan Family
Big Tall Horsey in honor of Jane Lumen & Jack Mason Jewell by the Jewell Family
Boboy in honor of AJ, Ninja and Ricky by Maria & Henry Benavente
Bridget's Snowdancer in honor of All of my Grandchildren, by Bridget E C Freeman
Calista by Christine Herron
Chamois by P.A. Corbett
Chaya in honor of Chan Chak Fu by Josephine Chan
Clara Jane in memory of Clara Jane McLaughlin by Bryan Long
Coco in memory of Maria Socorro Velez "Coco" by Tania Zapata, Alex Torrenegra & Azul Zapata-Torrenegra
Come Play in honor of Luca by Gemma & Hector Membreno
Cruz Kaniao Shefrin by Anonymous
Cutty by The Donovan Family
Dominique by Anonymous
Emma in honor of Emma Krach by Metta & Keith Krach
E.T. in memory of Eileen Tang by Debbie & Jack Liang
Imani Ruth Stevens by Eli H. Stevens
In honor of Caitlin & Evan McCormack by MJM Management Group
In honor of J.G. Phanachet Evans by Anonymous
In memory of Catherine W. Lane by Anonymous
Jac in honor of Jac Bennett by Metta & Keith Krach
Jake by P.A. Corbett
JD in honor of JD Krach by Metta & Keith Krach
Jean Marie in memory of Jean Marie Wildern by The Davis Family
Jordan by P.A. Corbett
Julette in honor of Julette Galo by The Donovan Family
King in honor of LeRoy King
lil' Liza Jane by Krewe D'Agave
Lukee & EmmaBot by Anonymous
Maharlika in memory of Dolores Ramos by The Ignacio Family
Pixen in honor of Elana "Dalia Renaissance" Shefrin by Sam Shefrin
Scarlett Mallorca Shefrin by Anonymous
Shannon Violet Lily in memory of Eugene P. Moran by Anonymous
The Wythes Family
Yerba Buena in honor of Michael Nobleza by Cathy Maupin