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Carousels in New York City

These cool carousels will have your kids grinning from ear to ear! Take a spin on a horse, bunny or even a ladybug at these nine NYC favorites

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It's clear to us that New York City carousels are the coolest ever—some even date back to the early 1900s! As a detour on your next family walk around one of the best NYC parks or trip to one of the 25 best playgrounds in New York City, let the kiddos take a ride on a horse, unicorn or even a gigantic grasshopper. With rides between $1.50 and $5, it's an easy way to put the cherry on top of an awesome outdoor adventure.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Justin Kiner
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Jane's Carousel (Brooklyn Bridge Park)

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Winter hours: Th–Sun 11am–6pm through May 10; Summer hours: 11am­–7pm daily May 11–September 27 (closed Tuesdays).

Price: $2 per ride; kids 3 and younger (or less than 42” tall) free if accompanied by paying adult 

Crafted in 1922, Jane’s Carousel boasts 48 hand-carved horses and two large chariots within a glass enclosure. It came to Brooklyn Bridge Park from Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio.

Photograph: Filip Wolak
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SeaGlass Carousel

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Daily, 10am–10pm

Price: $5 per ride

This giant nautilus shell houses 30 luminescent fish—a perfect pick for little mermaids! It was made to honor of The New York Aquarium at the Castle (closed in 1941) and both inspires and educates visitors.

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Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher
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Bug Carousel (Bronx Zoo)

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: M–F 10am-5pm, Sat–Sun 10am-5:30pm, free Zoo admission Wednesdays

Price: Admission ($21.55, children 3–12 $15.25, children 2 and under free) +$5 per ride

This cool carousel forgoes traditional painted horses for gigantic insects—kids can ride a praying mantis, dung beetle, grasshopper, caterpillar or ladybug.

Photograph: Courtesy Greenbelt Conservatory
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Carousel for All Children (Willowbrook Park)

Season opening date: May 2, 2015

Hours: June–October 11am–5:45pm daily

Price: $1.50 per ride

Kids can choose from 51 hand-carved traditional wooden carousel horses, mythical beasts and even creatures like zebras, giraffes, panda bears and gorillas. The carousel’s wooden structure boasts 40 hand-painted images of Staten Island and was built in 1957; it was originally located at the Midland Beach Boardwalk.

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Central Park Carousel

Season opening date: Open daily year-round, weather permitting (November­­–March call before you go, 212-439-6900 Ext. 12)

Hours: April–October 10am–6pm daily

Price: $3 per ride (cash only)

The fourth Central Park carousel (currently used) was created in 1908 and features 57 hand-carved horses and two decorative chariots. It’s one of the largest merry-go-rounds in the nation, and on average, it gives rides to about 250,000 people every year.

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Flushing Meadows Carousel (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

Season opening date: March 28, 2015

Hours: M–F 11am–6pm, Sat–Sun 11am­–8pm

Price: 3 tickets per ride ($3)

Located in the Fantasy Forest at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, this carousel offers plenty of horses and chariots for pint-size guests. It was created for the 1963-1964 Worlds Fair by combining two Coney Island carousels.

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Forest Park Carousel

Season opening date: April 3, 2015

Hours: M–F 11am–5pm starting May 25 and 11am–6pm starting June 29 (through Sept 4); Sat–Sun 11am–7pm

Price: $3 per ticket, 10 tickets for $23

This colorful carousel was carved by Daniel Muller in 1903 and has served as a showpiece in the park since 1973. It was originally commissioned for Lakeview, an amusement park in Massachusetts. As of 2013, the carousel stands as Designated Landmark of NYC.

Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Wally Gobetz
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Le Carrousel (Bryant Park)

Season opening date: March–October

Hours: March–May 11am–7pm, June–October 11am–8pm daily

Price: $3 per ride; discount card gets $15 for 10 rides

Le Carrousel nods to the park’s French classical style, featuring 14 handcrafted horses and French cabaret music. It was created by Fabricon Carousel Company based in Brooklyn, NY and is a go-to for toddler birthdays. 

Photograph: Bob Vergara
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Carousel at Pier 62

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: 11am–7pm daily

Price: $2 per ride 

Pier 62’s carousel is the newest on the block, but that doesn’t make it any less cool—it has everything you could possibly want, and it even boasts a living green roof. Kids can pick from 33 wooden animal figures including a black bear, unicorn, rabbit, green turtle, sea horse or harbor seal as they go round and round with views of the Hudson River.

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Carousel (Prospect Park)

Season opening date: March 26th, 2015

Hours: Noon—5pm daily

Price: $2 per ride; $9 for book of five tickets

Catch a ride on one of 53 animals including horses, a lion, a giraffe and a deer. There are also two dragon-pulled chariots for parents with very little ones. The Carousel was carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel and was restored by Prospect Park Alliance in 1990.

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