July 26, 2008
Myrtle Beach, SC -- Yesterday marked another American celebratory day, National Carousel Day, but it was also a reminder that the once prized amusement park ride is a rare breed.
According to Carousel News & Trader Magazine, there are fewer than 150 carousels in operation today.
Fortunately, visitors to the Oceanside resort town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina can still experience the charm of a classic merry-go-round at the seaside Family Kingdom Amusement Park.
Built in 1923, the Family Kingdom Carousel continues to delight thousands each year. Built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, the ride was brought to Myrtle Beach in 1992 from the famed "Casino" in Asbury Park, New Jersey.
This beautifully-carved wooden carousel features intricately-detailed horses cast from the manufacturer's original molds.
The carousel is a treasured piece of Americana enjoyed by generations of children and adults who visit Family Kingdom.
One of less than twenty oceanside amusement parks remaining on the East Coast, the historic Carousel is one of thirty rides and attractions at Family Kingdom. The park is also home to the legendary Swamp Fox wooden roller coaster, as well as the largest Ferris wheel in the state of South Carolina.
For more information about Family Kingdom Amusement Park, visit www.family-kingdom.com.
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