SF’s Pier 39 Welcomes Unique Carousel

Only one of its kind in the country

By: By Ken Shapiro

Pier 39 Carousel // (c) 2009


Pier 39 is recently announced the arrival of its new San Francisco Carousel.

The two-story carousel was custom-made in Sernaglia, Treviso, in Italy. Artisans handcrafted the glittering merry-go-round to feature numerous unique marine animals, and hand-painted the double-decker ride with stylized depictions of famous San Francisco landmarks.

The marine life-influenced carousel offers 32 animals to ride, including sea dragons, hippocampi sea lions, dolphins, pandas and, of course, horses. Among the intricately designed animals are two stationary chariots and, for the more adventurous riders, there are two spinning tubs.

The carousel — the only one in the country featuring artistic renderings of its home city — is hand-painted with famous San Francisco landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, Chinatown, Lombard Street, Alcatraz and the popular California sea lions, who have made their home at Pier 39 for the past 20 years.

The carousel is also energy efficient, with LED lighting throughout.


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