The best carousels in NYC for kids

Visit these stunning carousels to ride a bunny, horse, dragon, fish or even a grasshopper round and round!
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The carousels in NYC are easily the world's best, some with intricate designs dating back to the early 1900s! Many have been painstainkly restored to their original splendor so generation after generation can enjoy painted wooden horses, woodland creatures and chariots. There are newer carousels on our list as well, including quirkier picks like the Bug Carousel at the Bronx Zoo and Totally Kid Carousel, which was actually designed by children.

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Best carousels in NYC

Jane's Carousel
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Jane's Carousel (Brooklyn Bridge Park)

Season: Open year-roud.

Hours: May 14–Sept 17 Mon, Wed–Sun 11am–7pm; Sept 18–May 14 Thu–Sun 11am–6pm.

Price: $2/ride; children 3 and under (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.

Photograph: Filip Wolak

SeaGlass Carousel

Season opening date: Open year-round

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

Price: $5/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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Photograph: Julie Larsen Maher

Bug Carousel (Bronx Zoo)

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Various times: See website for details.

Price: Zoo admission: $36.95, children 3–12 $26.95, children under 2 free + $6/ride

Why should ponies get all the fun? This Bronx Zoo attraction forgoes tradition and celebrates creepy crawlies with giant insects. Kids can choose among creatures like praying mantis, grasshoppers, caterpillars and even dung beetles. When the weather gets cold, these bugs (and their riders) stay warm: a glass enclousure surrounds the carousel.

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Photograph: Courtesy Greenbelt Conservatory

Carousel for All Children (Willowbrook Park)

Hours: June: Wed–Sun 11am–5:45pm; July, Aug Wed–Sun 11am–5:45pm; May, Sept, Oct Fri–Sun 11am–5:45pm

Price: $2/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 year-round, weather permitting (November­­–March call before you go, 212-439-6900 Ext. 12)

Hours: Daily 10am–6pm (weather permitting)

Price: $3/ride, cash only

Since 1871, visitors young and old have flocked to Central Park to merrily "go-round" this carousel. Though the original ride—which was powered by a mule and horse hidden in a compartment under the attraction—has long been replaced, the current carousel (the park’s fourth) too has a cool story. Created in 1908, the attraction was found abandoned in an old trolley terminal in Coney Island. It features 57 hand-carved horses and is one of the largest merry-go-rounds in America.

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Flushing Meadows Carousel (Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

Hours: Various times: See website for details.

Price: 1 ticket ($3.50/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.

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Totally Kid Carousel

Hours: Various times: See website for details.

Price: $1/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.

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Photograph: Courtesy Creative Commons/Flickr/Wally Gobetz

Le Carrousel (Bryant Park)

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Various times: See website for details.

Price: $3/ride; discount card $10 for 20 rides

Though certainly not in the running for biggest carrousel in the city, this charming ride is a true gem. Created with Bryant Park’s French classical style in mind, the 14 animals (mostly horses, but also a few surprises like a rabbit and a fanciful frog) were crafted to blend traditional 20th century European designs with American traditions. The detailing around the canopy and center of the attraction is particularly elegant.

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Forest Park Carousel

Hours: Various times: See website for details.

Price: $3.50/ride

One of the few remaining creations of famed wood carver Daniel Carl Muller, the Forest Park Carousel was forced to shut down in 2009, after the operator let its contract with the city expire. In May 2012, the historic merry-go-round re-opened under different management.

Coney Island Boardwalk
Photograph: Marielle Solan

B&B Carousell Coney Island

Hours: Various times May–Oct

Price: $3/ride (3 credits)

While many visit Coney Island for the excitement of Luna Park's more hair-raising rides, families shouldn't miss low-key delights like B&B Carousell, which was built in 1906 and serves as a central attraction in Steeplechase Plaza. Choose from 50 hand-carved wooden horses or lounge in a grand chariot (there are two) as your kids grin ear to ear. 

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Photograph: Bob Vergara

Carousel at Pier 62

Season opening date: Open year-round

Hours: Daily 11am–7pm 

Price: $3/ride, $25 for ten tickets

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.

Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Wally Gobetz

Carousel (Prospect Park)

Hours: Various times: See website for details.

Price: $2.50/ride; $11.50 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. Psst: Kids get free rides every Thursday noon–6pm in August 2018.

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