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Carousels in New York City

Take a spin on one of our favorite city carousels—we found a merry-go-round in every borough. Plus: Get the scoop on two soon-to-open carousels in 2013.

  • Friedsam Memorial Carousel in Central Park

  • Friedsam Memorial Carousel in Central Park

  • Friedsam Memorial Carousel in Central Park

  • Photograph: Tim and Lydia Lee

    Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

  • Le Carrousel in Bryant Park

  • Photograph: Bob Vergara

    Pier 62 Carousel

  • Pier 62 Carousel

  • Phtograph: Courtesy the Battery Conservancy

    SeaGlass Experience

  • Phtograph: Courtesy the Battery Conservancy

    SeaGlass Experience

  • Prospect Park Carousel

  • Prospect Park Carousel

  • Prospect Park Carousel

  • Prospect Park Carousel

  • Photograph: Lee Magill

    Jane's Carousel

  • Photograph: Lee Magill

    Jane's Carousel

  • Photograph: Lee Magill

    Jane's Carousel

  • Flushing Meadows Carousel

  • Flushing Meadows Carousel

  • Flushing Meadows Carousel

  • Forest Park Carousel

  • Forest Park Carousel

  • Forest Park Carousel

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

    The Barbara Hrbek Zucker Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo

  • Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

    The Barbara Hrbek Zucker Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo

  • Photograph: Luke Groskin

    The Barbara Hrbek Zucker Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Carousel for all Children in Staten Island

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Carousel for all Children in Staten Island

  • Photograph: Virginia Rollison

    Carousel for all Children in Staten Island

Friedsam Memorial Carousel in Central Park

While the earliest carousels may have been built in Europe, it seems New York City has perfected the art of the merry-go-round. Whether you’re after a ride on a psychedelic praying mantis at the Bronx Zoo, a massive St. Bernard, or a majestic unicorn, there are carousels in New York City for every kid. This year, expect big things from two soon-to-be landmarks: the Seaglass Carousel, an LED-lit glass-and-steel architectural feat opening in Battery Park some time this spring, and the renovation of the B&B Carousell, Coney Island’s last historic merry-go-round. In the mean time, spend a sunny weekend afternoon recalling a simpler time at one of these carousels in New York City.

Carousels in Manhattan

Le Carrousel

  • Price band: 1/4

Bryant Park's Le Carrousel pays homage to the greenspace's Parisian influence with 14 animals that revolve to French cabaret music. But don't expect European snobbery here: Activities for families abound. This summer, the carousel's mascot, Flaubert Frog (aka children's storyteller about town, Dan Kitrosser), will hang with local kids on Saturdays from 1 to 2pm for games and stories and on Sundays from 1 to 2pm magicians from Monday Night Magic will astound tots with their sleight of hand. Check website for a complete schedule of this year's events.

  1. Bryant Park, W 40th St, (between Fifth and Sixth Aves), 10018
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Carousels in Brooklyn


Carousels in Queens


Carousels in the Bronx


Carousels in Staten Island



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