St. Augustine Carousel at Davenport Park

Every local knows about St. Augustine’s Carousel (my kids prefer to call it a Merry Go Round).  But did you know it’s a completely handicap-accessible park?  And did you know it’s only $1 to ride the carousel (free for kids with disabilities!)?  No more speeding by this St. Augustine playground- it’s time you got to know Davenport Park.

Seth & Sarah introduced us to this park before they moved to Tennessee {sniff sniff}.  They’d grab take-out pizza {Pizzalleys, Pizza Time & Pizza Hut are all nearby} and claim a picnic table with their girls for an inexpensive family night.  We’ve continued the tradition.  All six of our kids can ride and it’s still cheaper than Starbucks and a pastry!

After the carousel, we usually push Clara in a baby swing while the big kids play on the monkey bars & big playset.  The whole park is fenced with only 2 gates, so it’s a safe place for the kids to play.

The playground is nestled under oaks, so it’s a bit cooler here.  Play equipment was carefully selected to offer fun for climbers and adventerous little monkeys as well as those needing a helping hand.

There’s plenty of room for everybody…

The clear message at Davenport Park & Merry Go Round is that everyone can play!

Davenport Park, Playground & Antique Carousel
180 San Marco Ave
Carousel runs 7 days, weather permitting.


  1. Sarah says

    Oh we miss that place it’s so fun! And we miss you guys also! Love ya!

  2. Lonnie Davenport says

    I want to know how the park came to be, and how it got its name? I had relatives there, once.

    • says

      That’s a great question, Lonnie! I read that the Davenports donated the land but that was just on a facebook page- not researched or documented or anything. If you learn more, let me know & I’ll update the post with more info! 🙂 ~Allie O.

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