Carousel For All Children

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Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Carousel for all Children
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Carousel for all Children
Photograph: Virginia Rollison
Carousel for all Children
Tucked away in the Willowbrook Park section of the lush Staten Island preserve known as the Greenbelt stands the Carousel for All Children. The Victorian-style merry-go-round, which was built in 1999, is rarely crowded, so kids can take their time deciding whether to try a two-minute turn on a dolphin, panda, ostrich or another of the 51 hand-carved wooden animal figures. (One of our favorites is a reproduction of a large Saint Bernard dog from the borough’s former Tirelli Carousel, which did service from the early 1900s until 1957 in nearby Midland Beach.) This popular attraction, which sits behind a serene duck pond, also features vividly painted scenes of Staten Island landmarks. After viewing their likeness, your kids may want to make a trip to see the Conference House—a historic Revolutionary War–era home—or the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art.
Venue name: Carousel For All Children
Address: Willowbrook Park, Eton Pl
Staten Island
Cross street: at Richmond Ave
Opening hours: May, Sep, Oct: Fri-Sun 11am-5:45pm; June: Wed-Sun 11am-5:45pm; Jul, Aug: daily 11am-5:45pm
Transport: Bus: X17 bus to Richmond Ave-Carnegie Ave
Price: $1.50 per ride
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