Sometimes the simplest, low-tech toy or activity can turn a frown into a smile, and whether you’re five or 55, the sight of a colorful carousel can elicit squeals of delight. Since 1967, the beautiful old Carousel on the National Mall and its 58 horses and two chariots have entertained kids. Originally built in 1947, this perfectly preserved carousel’s breathy organ plays military music while kids laugh and jostle for the coveted seat on the bright teal blue sea dragon, and it’s still just $3.50 a ride. This carousel features horses that are four abreast, and riding one of the beautifully painted animals is still a wonderful way to revive and refresh after a long day of sightseeing.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily