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1388 Main Street
Burlington, NC 27215 
(336) 222-5030 | Directions

The flagship of the Burlington Parks System, City Park offers more than 75 acres of activities for the entire family. It serves as the home of an amusement area, one of only a handful of municipally operated in the state. A fully restored Dentzel Carousel is the highlight of the amusement area. As part of the National Historic Register, the carousel attracts thousands of visitors yearly. Throughout the spring and summer, the park comes alive with events, concert series, and baseball and softball tournaments. The park is located one mile from Downtown Burlington on South Church Street. 

Historic Dentzel Carousel

After a full restoration and construction of a new carousel house, the Carousel open to the public. See Carousel hours below.  Please note children under 42" must ride with an adult. One adult per child under 42". 

CatHours

  • January 1 - March 2
    Friday 3:00-6:00 pm
    Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
    Sunday 1:00-6:00 pm 

Ticket Prices

  • $1.50/ticket 
    Cash, check and cards are accepted.
    Children under 42" must ride with an adult. One adult per child under 42".  

RabbitRent the Carousel Event Space

Need a unique space for a meeting or gathering? Try the new Carousel Event Space - which includes Carousel rides! Email or call the Recreation and Parks Office at (336) 222-5030 to schedule a rental. 

  • Public Rental
    Includes private usage of the event room but shared use of the Carousel with the public. The rental fee is $250 + $100 deposit and includes ride wristbands for up to 15. Additional wristbands are available for $5/child and $2/adult. Public rentals are available at the following times: 
    • Winter Season November- March
      • Friday 3:00 pm -5:30 pm 
      • Saturday 11:00 am - 1:30 pm and 3:00-5:30 pm 
      • Sunday 3:00-5:30 pm
    • Spring Season March-June
      • Friday 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm
      • Saturday 10:00 am- 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm
      • Sunday 1:30 pm-4:00 pm and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm 
    • Summer Season June-August
      • Tuesday-Thursday 10:00 am- 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm 
      • Friday 10:00 am- 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm 
      • Saturday 10:00 am- 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm
      • Sunday 1:30 pm-4:00 pm and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm 
    • Fall Season August-November
      • Friday 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm 
      • Saturday 10:00 am- 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm-4:00 pm, and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm 
      • Sunday 1:30 pm-4:00 pm and 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm 
  • Private Rental
    Includes exclusive use of the event room and carousel area. Rental prices vary -  email or call the Recreation and Parks Office at (336) 222-5030 for fees. 
    • Winter Season November-March
      • Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm or 4:00-9:00 pm 
      • Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm or 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 
      • Saturday 6:00 pm-10:00 pm 
      • Sunday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm or 6:00 pm-10:00 pm
    • Spring Season March-June
      • Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm or 4:00-9:00 pm 
      • Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm or 8:00 pm-11:00 pm 
      • Saturday 8:00 pm-11:00 pm 
      • Sunday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm or 8:00 pm-11:00 pm
    • Summer Season June-August
      • Tuesday - Saturday 8:00 pm- 11:00 pm
      • Sunday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Fall Season August-November
      • Tuesday - Thursday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm or 4:00-9:00 pm 
      • Friday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm or 8:00 pm-11:00 pm 
      • Saturday 8:00 pm-11:00 pm 
      • Sunday 8:00 am - 1:00 pm or 8:00 pm-11:00 pm

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Amusement Park Information

Cash, check or debit/credit cards are accepted at the Amusement Park & Concessions.

Amusement Park Hours


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January 1 - March 163:00pm - 6:00pm10:00am - 6:00 pm1:00pm  -6:00 pmClosed
March 16 - June 8th3:00pm - 8:00pm10:00am - 8:00pm1:00pm - 8:00pmClosed
June 9th - Mid-AugustTBA10:00am - 8:00pm1:00pm - 8:00 pmTBA

*All other areas of City Park are open daily from sunrise to sunset.

Ticket Prices

All rides are 1 ticket per person per ride.

Ride Ticket for Carousel or Miniature Train$1.50
Ride Ticket for Boats, Cars or Airplanes$1.00


Amusement Park Rides

City Park has 5 nostalgic amusement park rides that are designed to keep all your kids smiling throughout the day. 

  1. Carousel

    This carousel is a 3-Row Dentzel Menagerie Carousel built around 1906-1910 at the Dentzel Carousel Company on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Learn about the history of this amazing icon of Burlington City Park. 
    (Children under 42" must ride with an adult. One adult per child under 42") 
  2. Miniature Train 

    Closed.
    This diesel-powered train will be fun for all guests! Don't forget to SCREAM in the tunnel! 
    (Children under 42" must ride with an adult. One adult per child under 42") 
  3. Planes

    Closed for season.
    You can fly in City Park! Hop on the ride and soar through the air!
    (Children must be between 36" - 54" and weigh under 80lbs to ride this ride) 
  4. Cars

    Closed for season.
    Beep Beep and buckle up! Kids can choose from a fire truck, police car, tractor, truck and jeep while your kids scoot around our railed track. 
    (Children must be between 36" - 54" and weigh under 80lbs to ride this ride) 
  5. Boats

    Closed for season.
    "They are in real water" is what most first-time kids exclaim as they meander around our circular boat ride. Ring the bell and wave at mom and dad for that perfect Instagram video! 
    (Children must be between 30" - 54" and weigh under 80lbs to ride this ride)
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Plan Your Visit to City Park

Spend a morning or afternoon... or make a day of it!

Play on the Playground & Visit the Sister Cities Fountain

Slides, swings and benches for the tired parents. Always an easy way to let the kids get out their energy before hopping on the rides! Adjacent to the playground is a beautiful fountain that was donated by our Sister City, Soledad de Graciano Sánchez. Take some time to sit by the water and relax. 

Picnic at a Park

A picnic in a park is always a good idea. There are many lush places to spread out a blanket in the shade and have a picnic. If you are planning ahead, reserve one of our nine shelters/gazebos. Many of the shelters are equipped with a grill so fire up the charcoal. Advanced reservations are required for picnic shelters. 

Take a Walk & Explore 

Take a walk and explore the local wildlife in Little Alamance Creek. The park offers trails that will take you over the bridges of Little Alamance Creek. This waterway offers a great place for kids and parents to discover some local wildlife. Learn more about the Little Alamance Creek Healthy Streams Cooperative.

Other Amenities at & around City Park

  • Concession Stand 
    The concession stand is located beside the ride ticket counter. 
  • Splash Park
    Free and Fun! 
  • The Maynard Aquatic Center
    Home to Burlington's largest pool. Swim lanes and slides. Open year-round. 
  • Burlington Tennis Center
    The Tennis Center hosts tournaments from all over the state and is available for public play. Sign up to receive information about lessons and events.
  • 5 Athletic Fields 
    City Park is home to 5 Ball Fields, stop and see if there is a tournament going on while you are at the park! 
  • Walking Track, Trail & Fitness Equipment @ Ball Field 5
    Enhance your workout and stop along the way on the walking track to use the fitness equipment sponsored by Alamance Regional Medical Center. Or meader through the park on the City Park Trail
  • Softball Hall of Fame 
    Tours are held by reservation only. Call 336-222-5030 to make yours today. 
  • Downtown Burlington 
    Downtown is less than a mile from City Park and offers great restaurants, May Memorial Library, a small historical display in the downtown Amtrack Station and historic Paramount Theater
  • Walkable Restaurants 
    Across Main Street from the main parking of City Park is the restaurant Mayberry at the Park it is a local favorite and great place to cool off from the heat during those steamy park days. They are known for their ice cream! On the corner of Overbrook Drive and Church Street is a restaurant aptly named The Park Restaurant. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served!

Special Events at City Park

Burlington's Special Events Divisions host many large-scale events at Burlington City Park as well as parks and other locations across the City. Learn more about Special Events.

Burlington Carousel Festival 

Join us for the  Burlington Carousel Held the first full weekend in May each year.  Live music at multiple stages, arts & crafts fair, food, and a beer garden, amusement park rides & fun for the whole family will fill Burlington’s City Park throughout the weekend. 

Summer Concert Series in the Park 

Bands take the stage at City Park on select Friday evenings in the summer.  These concerts are part of the county-wide concert series in partnership with Alamance County Arts Council. Bring your chair, blanket and a picnic and be part of a Burlington tradition in our largest city park. 

Christmas in the Park

The park becomes a Christmas wonderland of twinkling lights, garland, and holiday inflatable decorations. Santa and Mrs. Claus always make an appearance. Join us on December 22, 2022 from 5:00-8:00 pm.

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