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The best carousels in New York City

Visit these stunning carousels to ride a bunny, horse, dragon, fish or even a grasshopper round and round!

New York City's carousels are easily the world's best, some with intricate designs even dating back to the early 1900s! Kids will love the thrill of hopping on the beautifully painted ponies at Central Park Carousel, exploring the sea inside an iridescent fish at SeaGlass Carousel or hopping on an insect at the Bronx Zoo's Bug Carousel (eeek!).

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While you're already out and about at one of the city's best kids' playgrounds or exploring your favorite family attractions, consider stopping by to take a spin (rides are all between $1.50 and $5)!

Jane's Carousel (Brooklyn Bridge Park)
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; 12 tickets $20.

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! Children's birthdays can be hosted here on weekdays and weekends for $325–$375 (ten kids) and include unlimited rides for two hours.

SeaGlass Carousel
Photograph: Filip Wolak
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SeaGlass Carousel

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Daily 10am–8pm (weather permitting)

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 features Angelfish, Clearfin Lionfish, Betta, Clown Triggerfish and more.

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Bug Carousel (Bronx Zoo)
Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher
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Bug Carousel (Bronx Zoo)

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Mon–Fri 10am–5pm, Sat, Sun 10am–5:30pm, free Zoo admission Wednesdays.

Price: Zoo admission ($33.95, children 3–12 $23.95, 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 all year long (and the carousel is enclosed in glass when cooler temps arrive).

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

Season opening date: 2017 opening day TBA

Hours: Daily June–October 11am–5:45pm

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.

Central Park Carousel
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Central Park Carousel

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

Hours: Daily April–October 10am–6pm

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.

Flushing Meadows Carousel (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
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Flushing Meadows Carousel (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

Season opening date: 2017 date TBA

Hours: Mon–Fri 11am–6pm, Sat, Sun 11am­–8pm

Price: $3 per ride

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.

Totally Kid Carousel
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Totally Kid Carousel

Season opening date: 2017 opening date TBA

Hours: Various times

Price: $1 per ride

Located in Riverbank State Park, Totally Kid Carousel is one of the only carousels in the world designed by children! Each animal (like an alligator, chihuahua, dragon, elephant, kangaroo...) was designed by a Riverbank Park neighborhood tyke.

Forest Park Carousel
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Forest Park Carousel

Season opening date: 2017 date TBA

Hours: Various times

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.

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

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Various times

Price: $3 per ride; discount card $10 for 20 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. 

B&B Carousell Coney island
Photograph: Marielle Solan
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B&B Carousell Coney island

Season opening date: 2017 opening date TBA

Hours: Various times May–October

Price: $3 (3 credits)

A signature ride at Coney both for its age and beauty, this early 1900s carousel features 50 hand-carved horses (36 move, the rest are fixed) and two chariots.

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