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 the only three municipally operated in the state. A fully restored Dentzel Carousel (coming back in 2021) is the highlight of the amusement area. As part of the National Historical Register, the carousel attracts thousands of visitors yearly. The Burlington Carousel Festival, is held each September in the park. 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. 


  • The Amusement Park will open for the season on May 1, 2021. 
  • The restrooms at City Park Concessions and TJ Sports Shelter are currently closed. The new restroom between the stage and Homebuilders Shelter is open.



Opens for the SEason Saturday, May 1, 2021

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

COVID Safety & Modifications for Amusement Park

  • Visitors are encouraged to wash or sanitize hands frequently. Hand sanitizer stations will be available at the playground, at each ride, and the concession stand.
  • Train ticket holders will utilize a system called that will alert them when it's their turn to ride the train. This will minimize the amount of people waiting in line at any given time. Park staff will be available to assist with this process.
  • Concessions will only provide prepackaged food and drink items.

2021 Hours

Spring Season: May 1 - June 4   Summer Season: June 5 - TBA        Fall Season: TBA                          
Mon-Fri: Closed
Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 1 - 7 pm
Monday:  Closed
Tue-Fri: 10 am - 1 pm & 5 - 8 pm
10 am - 8 pm
Sunday: 1 - 7 pm
Mon-Fri: TBA
Saturday: TBA
Sunday: TBA
*All other areas of City Park are open daily sunrise to sunset.


Carousel, Miniature Train, Planes, Cars, and Boat Ride
Rides                    $1.00  

Season Pass (All Rides)*
Family Pass purchased before August 1st
Family Pass purchased on August 1st or after $60                         
*Season Pass excludes special events, such as the Haunted Train.
*Family Pass is good for a family of up to 6 family members.

Amusement Park Rides

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


     Closed for refurbishment until further notice. This project is a multi year project and is estimated to be completed in 2021. 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") 

     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") 

     Temporarily closed for maintenance. 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) 
  • CARS:

    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)

    "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)

Birthday Parties at the Gazebo

Currently unavailable due to COVID restrictions. 
Come and spend your child's special day at City Park. Choose the Dutch Barn Gazebo or the Betsy Brown Chandler Memorial Gazebo Burlington City Park Kids will enjoy two hours filled with rides in the amusement park, walking the trails, and opening presents in the bright sunshine and fresh air. The maximum capacity for the gazebo is 25 people with seating for only 15 (three, 6' tables are provided). 

The rental fee is $90 and includes: Gazebo for two hours, balloon centerpiece, ride passes for two hours, and a choice of 1 cotton candy or 1 popcorn per child. Rentals available on Saturdays at 10 am, 1 pm or 4 pm and Sundays at 1 pm or 3 pm. For reservation information call (336) 222-5030.

plan your visit to City Park

 spend a morning or afternoon ....or make a day of it 

Play on the playground and checkout 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. 


(reservations required - make sure to look for City Park as location)
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. 

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 in and around the park 


Concession Stand
The concession stand is located beside the ride ticket counter. Stop in for a snow cone, popcorn, cold water, or nachos

Splash Park 
Burlington's newest feature! Free and Fun! 

Aquatics Center
The Maynard Aquatic Center is home to Burlington's largest pool. Swim lanes and slides. Open year-round.

Tennis Center
The Tennis Center host tournaments from all over the state and 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 & 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. 

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 away from City Park and offers great restaurantsMay Memorial Library, small historical display in the downtown Amtrack Station and historic Paramount Theater

Walk-able 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!
Burlington Recreation & Parks special events division hosts many events in City Park every year. For more information about the events below, visit B-Town Events. Please note some events may be altered or put on hold due to COVID. Check B-Town events webpage for details.

The Burlington Carousel Festival
This is Burlington's largest event and occurs annually the 3rd weekend of September. Live music at multiple stages, arts & crafts fair, food, beer garden, Amusement Park Rides & fun for the whole family will fill Burlington’s City Park throughout the weekend.

Live Summer Concert Series in the Park
Bands take the stage at City Park the second Friday of every month May-September.  These concerts are part of the county wide concert series in partnership with Alamance County Arts Council. Donations of art supplies are welcomed! Bring you chair, blanket and a picnic and be part of a Burlington tradition in our largest city park. Amusement Park rides will be open after June 10. Stay and play in City Park!

July 3rd in the Park
July 3rd in the Park celebrations have been cancelled for 2020. Please click the link for more information on Celebration Kit Pick-up and the Red Cross Blood Drive.

Dark in the Park
Come out and ride the amusement rides, enter the costume contest, play carnival games presented by local non-profit groups, and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun at City Park.  At 8pm turn your eyes to the sky for the annual aerial Halloween Fireworks show.  

Christmas in the Park
The park becomes a Christmas wonderland of twinkle light, garland and decorated Dentzel Carousel. Santa and Mrs. Claus always make an appearance. Free hot chocolate and cookies are served to the guest and there is a great opportunity to support Burlington Youth Council by purchasing baked goods.