Ride the new Boardwalk Carousel

The Arizona Boardwalk entertainment complex near Scottsdale has added a new attraction to its extensive lineup of family-friendly options for a day of fun, and the new additions may bring a little nostalgia to older generations.

On the Boardwalk Carousel you can ride 60 hand-crafted animals. In addition to classics such as horses, giraffes, dolphins and two wagon benches, there are also rare and endangered species.

The new carousel joins the $66 million playground, lake and pickleball court that opened June 8 in Queen Creek, and the Poozeum, a museum dedicated to fossilized dog feces that recently opened in Williams, Arizona, as places where families can play and learn.

What is the Arizona Boardwalk?

The Arizona Boardwalk is an entertainment destination with attractions, shopping and restaurants for families. It is part of the Talking Stick Entertainment District.

You can find it at 9500 E. Via de Ventura, in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale.

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How to ride the new Arizona Boardwalk Carousel

The Boardwalk Carousel is located in front of Butterfly Wonderland. Tickets are $4 per ride. Hours vary seasonally. Call 480-800-3000 for current information.

The Boardwalk Carousel was custom-built by Chance Rides in Wichita, Kansas, and features “fine craftsmanship on a large scale, including hand-crafted animals, benches and an antique-style illuminated ceiling,” according to a press release.

“Who doesn't love a ride on a carousel? Just the sight of a carousel evokes feelings of nostalgia and fond childhood memories. That's why we're so excited to add the Boardwalk Carousel to our already exciting lineup of family-friendly offerings at AZ Boardwalk,” said Greg Charbeneau, managing partner of Arizona Boardwalk, in the press release.

How much does the Arizona Boardwalk cost?

Parking and admission to the Arizona Boardwalk is free. Each attraction has its own prices. All prices can be found at

OdySea Aquarium and more: Activities on the Arizona Boardwalk

  • OdySea Aquarium: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays; last admission at 6 p.m., $46.95, $36.95 for children ages 2-12. 480-291-8000,
  • Butterfly Wonderland: A rainforest experience: Daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. $29.95, $19.95 for ages 2-12. 480-800-3000,
  • UFO experience: Daily 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; last admission at 5:15 p.m. $23.95, $17.95 for children ages 2–12. 480-291-5083,
  • Ripley believe it or not!: Open daily Sunday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; last admission is at 4:30 p.m. $23.95, $19.95 for children ages 2 to 13. 480-291-5083,
  • Laser and mirror labyrinth: Sunday-Thursday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. $5 for two laser maze tours, $10 for five tours, $15 for a one-day pass for the mirror maze and one laser maze tour. Children under 2 are free. 480-270-6200,
  • Museum of Illusions: Sunday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. $24.95, $22.95 for ages 60 and older and military, $18.95 for ages 3-12.
  • Pangaea: Land of the Dinosaurs: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; last admission at 6 p.m., $20.95, $19.95 for military and children ages 2 to 12. 480-362-3466,
  • Cyber ​​Quest Arcade: Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Cyber ​​Quest Club Cards are $1 each and can be loaded with purchased game credits. 480-951-2100,
  • Promenade carousel: Seasonal hours to be announced. $4 per person, each way. 480-800-3000,

Restaurants on the Arizona Boardwalk

  • Custom Frozen Penguin themed ice cream sandwiches: Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 480-646-6070,
  • Johnny Rockets: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 480-291-8770,
  • Pangaea Dinosaur Grill: Daily 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. 480-434-6577,
  • Sugar Drop Candy Store: Call for hours. 480-291-5080,

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Meredith G. White covers entertainment and culture for The Arizona Republic and She has the latest news on video games, television and leisure activities in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Follow her on X and Instagram @meredithgwhite and on Facebook as Meredith G. White. email to

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