Carousel Pavilion – Children’s Birthday Party
A birthday party in the Carousel Pavilion is a great way to celebrate.  There are two birthday stations available each with two 8’ tables and bench seating.
Cost: $160 for two hours when the carousel is open to the public. Unlimited rides for 10 children and 2 adults. Small bag of popcorn and plastic tablecloths provided for guests. Maximum capacity is 30 people – adults and children. Any additional guests at the party, including adults, is $7pp and includes rides, whether they ride the carousel or not. NOTE – this rate is not available during non-public hours.

The Carousel Pavilion can also be rented for larger parties during non-public hours.
Cost: $600 for 2-hour rental during non-public hours with unlimited rides on the carousel. Max capacity is 75.

Dollard Pavilion – Available for Birthday Parties & Other Special Events
The Dollard Pavilion was built in 2015 and named after Jack Dollard, a Hartford architect who brought the carousel to Bushnell Park from Canton, Ohio in 1974.  The Dollard Pavilion can accommodate 40 seated and 60 for a reception. Max capacity is 60.
Cost: $500 for 2-hour rentals during public hours, $700 for 2 hour rentals during non-public hours. Free rides are included.


A 50% deposit is required upon booking your event to confirm the date. The balance is due the day before your event. If a party must be postponed, there are no refunds or financial penalties. We will work with you to reschedule. During the winter months, when there is parking ban in the city of Hartford, the carousel will close.

Hartford residents get a 10% discount, excluding the Children’s Birthday Party ($160).

All food and beverage must be placed in the provided garbage cans or taken home.

No food or beverages allowed on the carousel.

Alcohol is allowed in the Dollard Pavilion or when the Carousel Pavilion is rented for a private party. The Bushnell Park Conservancy must be provided a certificate of insurance listing BPC and the city of Hartford as additional insured.

No balloons allowed in the Carousel Pavilion.

To make a reservation, please call 860-232-6710 or email [email protected].