So my husband has been telling me about this really cool park that is right next to the Griffith Observatory, LA Zoo, and the Gene Autry Museum, all of which we have been to several times but never the park. After our recent visit to the Gene Autry we stopped at the park. We heard faint music that was very inviting and followed it until the magic really began.
Welcome, welcome, step right up, to the grand ol’ Merry Go Round!
Built in 1926 by the Spillman Engineering Company and brought to Griffith Park in 1937, the Merry-Go-Round boasts 68 horses, everyone a jumper. Each horse is finely carved with jewel-encrusted bridles, detailed draped blankets and decorated with sunflowers and lion’s heads. A Stinson 165 Military Band Organ, reputed to be the largest band organ accompanying a carousel on the West Coast, plays over 1500 selections of marches and waltz music.
Truly stunning and a must see in person to appreciate all of the detail on this.
Driving west along Zoo Drive, dotted with small picnic areas, nearly to Forest Lawn Drive, is an enclave where visitors can ride a miniature railroad operated by volunteers of the Los Angeles Live Steamers or visit Walt Disney’s Carolwood Barn (also known as Walt’s Barn). At Travel Town Museum, historic, full-sized railroad locomotives, passenger cars, and streetcars comprise a collection that highlights transportation in Southern California, in association with an exhibit hall, model train layout, picnic areas, and a gift shop, all of which is encircled by the last of three miniature train rides in Griffith Park.
If you are ever in the area, definitely stop on by and check out what Griffith Park has to offer!
For more info: http://www.laparks.org/dos/parks/griffithPK/gp_info.htm