The Flying Horses are one of America’s oldest carousels… certainly its oldest platform carousel. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The horses were carved by C. W. F. Dare in 1876 in New York City. They were brought by steamer to Oak Bluffs in 1884 and have been bringing smiles to children.. and childlike adults.. ever since.
Hurdy gurdy type music accompanies you on your journey around and around. The horses are stationary, no going up and down for this herd. The best part is trying to catch the brass ring which entitles you to a free ride.
If you look closely into the glass eye of each horse you will see an animal of some sort there. The manes and tails are made of real horse hair and of course for some of us the horses are real too.
If you want to harken back to a simpler time then a ride on the Flying Horses is a definite must.. I know it is for me.