The Carousel in Prospect Park has been a popular attraction since 1952, and was first erected in Coney Island in 1915. Hand-carved three years earlier by renowned designer Charles Carmel, the ride is known for its expressive equestrian figures that seem to elegantly prance to the tunes of a Wurlitzer organ. By coincidence, Carmel drew inspiration from his many visits to the Prospect Park stables, which were located just a few blocks from his home. Among the 51 horses, the handsome Gray Ghost is a favorite. Brownie the lion, one of three menagerie animals, has many fans, too. Find them in the Children’s Corner of the park, adjacent to Lefferts Historic House and the zoo. Visit the carousel in August and get free rides every Thursday.