Pullen Park Reopens

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Clarification: This story has been updated to clarify the park’s status as 16th oldest in the world. It is the 16th oldest that has been consistently operational.

Raleigh residents waited a long time for the renovations to Pullen Park. On Saturday, some showed their love for their old favorite while others came to discover Pullen for the first time.

Pullen Park is the 16th oldest consistently operational park in the world and has been closed for two years for a complete overhaul. As one mother explained to her daughter, “When you were last here you were 7 years old.”

A long line of children and parents waited for their first ride the on the main attraction: the beloved refurbished carousel.

The rumor going through the park was the line for the train ride was two hours but that did not stop folks from buying tickets.

Next year, the park will be 125 years old. Check out some photos of the reopening.

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6 thoughts on “Pullen Park Reopens

  1. 16th oldest in the World?!! I’m gonna call BS on that statement – I’m pretty certain there are many parks throughout Europe well over the meager125 years old Pullen. And China probably has dozens over 500 y/o.

  2. With all due respect, please check out the “History” section of the Pullen Park, Raleigh website. It reads “Adored by generations of Raleigh residents, Pullen is the fifth oldest operating amusement park in the United States and the 16th oldest in the world.”

  3. @ Karen Dont waste your time, on that type of person! Great park! Wish they wrote something more about the cafe.

  4. The carousel is beautiful as are the buildings and the refurbished boats and train. But overall…to be shut down for 2 years and one of those years…looked like nothing was donw…it is all so disappointing. Play structures are sad and I miss the turtle and the dolphin, as well as the brick entrance. All timelessness and character has been lost!! Glad I am no longer a Raleigh resident paying for these changes!! Very Sad character has been lost!!

  5. The carousel is beautiful as are the buildings and the refurbished boats and train. But overall…to be shut down for 2 years and one of those years…looked like nothing was done…it is all so disappointing. Play structures are sad and I miss the turtle and the dolphin, as well as the brick entrance. All timelessness and character has been lost!! Glad I am no longer a Raleigh resident paying for these changes!! Very Sad character has been lost!!

  6. Think the article needed to clarify because jps is right that it’s not the 16th oldest park in the world.
    It is the 16th oldest Public (non-private) Amusement (rides) park….that’s been consistently operational. That’s a bit different than just saying “park”.