When it comes to carousels, we’ve got round and round trying to pick some of our favorites. With old-timey melodies, speeds that even babies can enjoy, and elaborately decorated animals, carousels are instant classics over generations. Click through the gallery for 10 of our top pick merry-go-rounds across the country.

Washington D.C.: The Carousel on the National Mall

You can’t visit D.C.’s downtown mall with the kids without taking a spin on this old-fashioned carousel, built in 1947 and featuring 60 original ponies and a colorful canopy. The paint may be peeling and the music a little crackly, but there’s something special about taking a whirl against the backdrop of the city’s history-rich landscape. Make it a full experience and stop at one of the nearby popcorn wagons or ice cream stands for a before or after treat. It’s located right in front of the Smithsonian Castle. Cost is just $3.50/ride.

Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
National Mall, Washington D.C.
Online: nationalcarousel.com

photo: Rain0975 via flickr

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—Amber Guetebier

with Caitlin Downing, Jamy Bond, Brianne Grajkowski, Maria Chambers, Erin Feher, Julie Seguss, Jen Arrow and Gabby Cullen