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B&B Carousell at Luna Park in Coney Island

B&B Carousell at Luna Park in Coney Island. Image credit © Julienne Schaer

11 NYC Carousels

NYC offers carousels in all five boroughs, each with a different spin on the ride. From the aquatic-themed SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park, to the Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo, endless family fun awaits this autumn and winter in NYC. Here are 11 of our favourites.

Brooklyn

1. Jane’s Carousel
Brooklyn Bridge Park, DUMBO

No child's visit to DUMBO would be complete without a visit to Jane's Carousel, in Brooklyn Bridge Park. This 1922 merry-go-round was moved from Ohio, painstakingly restored and added to the neighborhood landscape in 2011. Its 48 horses prance near the East River year-round, protected from the elements by a jewel-box structure designed by architect Jean Nouvel. Rides are just US$2.

2. Prospect Park Carousel
Prospect Park

This carousel has resided in Prospect Park since 1952, after being handcarved in 1912, and first assembled in Coney Island. Riders can choose from 53 different horses, as well as a lion, a giraffe, a deer and a dragon-pulled chariot, each crafted with expressive faces and detailed bodies. It is also one of the world’s only wheelchair-accessible carousels, and can be rented out for birthday parties.

3. B&B Carousell
Luna Park, Coney Island

First built in 1906 and a fixture of Brooklyn amusement park culture dating back to the 1930s, the B&B Carousell has the power to transport riders back to simpler times. Painstakingly restored to its original charm and beauty as the last of the great Coney Island carousels, this magical amusement is the centrepiece of the Steeplechase Plaza and a signature ride at Luna Park.

Bug Carousel at the Bronx ZooPier 62 Carousel at Hudson River Park

Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo. Image credit © Julie Larsen Maher
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Pier 62 Carousel at Hudson River Park. Image credit © Joe Buglewicz

Manhattan

5. Friedsam Memorial Carousel
Central Park, Midtown

Located in the centre of Central Park, near 64th Street, this historic carousel is ridden by nearly 250,000 people each year. The current ride, which features more than 57 horses, is actually the fourth carousel to inhabit the space, since the first one (which was powered by a real horse!) was retired in 1924 and the next two were destroyed by fires. Created by Brooklyn's own firm Stein & Goldstein in 1908, the current carousel is a favorite for birthday parties and special children's events.

6. Le Carrousel
Bryant Park, Midtown

Le Carrousel in Bryant Park, created to complement the park’s French classical style, is a homage to both European and American carousel traditions. Its 14 delightful animals, replicas of classical carousel creatures, revolve to the sounds of French cabaret music. The rounding boards, inspired by Bryant Park’s elegant baroque style along 40th Street, blend into the leafy canopy of the park’s London plane trees.

7. Pier 62 Carousel
Hudson River Park, Chelsea

Take a ride on Hudson River Park’s custom-designed Hudson River Animals carousel. This signature 11-metre carousel has been created using 33 handcarved wood figures of Hudson River Valley animals and one chariot, allowing for up to 36 passengers per ride. The carousel building has been designed with a green roof and opens out to a large sprawling lawn and tree-lined pathways.

8. SeaGlass Carousel
Battery Park, The Battery

This new addition to The Battery Conservancy aims to entertain, inspire and educate adults and children alike. Built to recall 1896, when the Battery was home to the since-closed New York Aquarium at the Castle, the carousel will showcase magical fish and sea creatures that are also available for sponsorship. Sixty SmartGlass panels will transform the carousel's walls from clear to blue, simulating a realistic trip to the ocean's floor.

SeaGlass Carousel at Battery ParkProspect Park Carousel

SeaGlass Carousel at Battery Park. Image credit © Julienne Schaer

Prospect Park Carousel. Image credit © Joe Buglewicz

Bronx

4. Bug Carousel
Bronx Zoo

Your little one’s favorite insects are all here — a long-legged praying mantis, a bright-green grasshopper, even a dung beetle. A spin on the carousel is a great stop in the middle of the park. Open year-round.

Queens

9. Forest Park Carousel
Forest Park

Nestled within the 220 hectares of Forest Park is the crown jewel of Queens: The Forest Park Carousel. Carved in 1903 by Daniel Carl Muller, it is a rare work of art and has been an anchor of the park since 1973.

10. Flushing Meadows Carousel
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Anchored by the historic Flushing Meadows Carousel, this park features an incredible mix of rides and attractions for kids of all ages.

Staten Island

11. The Carousel for All Children
Willowbrook Park

The Carousel For All Children in Willowbrook Park is a turn-of-the-century-style merry-go-round that opened in 1999. The carousel boasts 51 carved wooden figures of mythical beasts, endangered species and traditional carousel horses. It also showcases 20 handpainted renderings of Staten Island landmarks, past and present. The Carousel For All Children is maintained by the Greenbelt Conservancy.

For more information on NYC’s carousels and other great family activities, visit NYC & Company.

Jane's Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park

Jane's Carousel, Brooklyn Bridge Park. Image credit © Julienne Schaer.

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