Will you choose the horse? The lion? The seal? Whatever animal you nab on the merry-go-round you’re going to have a whirling, twirling good time. Carousels are pure, nostalgic fun, but you can’t find them just anywhere — and that’s part of their charm. Flip through our album to discover the must-rides, from vintage roundabouts to serious double deckers.

For a Barnyard Blast: Lambs Farm

Situated on 72 acres north of Chicago in Libertyville, Lambs Farm is a non-profit that provides vocational and residential services to adults with developmental disabilities. Visitors can take a spin on the 16-horse Old World-themed carousel for $2 (adults ride free) or purchase an all-day pass ($12 kids; $8 adults). The all-day pass gives unlimited access to the carousel, farmyard with petting zoo, mini train, mini golf and bounce house. Guests can also enjoy a hearty meal at Magnolia Cafe and Bakery, a visit with adoptable furry friends at Lambs Farm’s Dogwood Garden and Pet Center that works in a partnership with the The Anti-Cruelty Society, and the Sugar Maple Country Store that sells handmade sweet treats, breads and jams. Please call ahead if there’s an activity you’re particularly interested in because all are subject to weather and availability.

14245 W. Rockland Rd. in Libertyville
Online: lambsfarm.org

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— Maria Barnes