For the child in all of us, we’re thrilled to announce that after years of delays, SeaGlass Carousel will finally open in Battery Park! Explore this magical new world and remember each of the five boroughs has a special carousel.
SeaGlass, Battery Park, Manhattan
The story of SeaGlass began when The Battery Conservancy was designing the park’s interior to reflect its rich history and to create a light source in a previously darkened landscape. An aquatic carousel was proposed to recall 1896 when The Battery was the first home of the New York Aquarium. SeaGlass is an innovative, aquatic–themed ride for Downtown residents, workers and visitors from around the world.
This takes the traditional carousel ride and brings it into the 21st Century with technology that reflects the waterfront and sea life with videos that allow you to feel as if you are riding on sea creatures under water.
Season: Open all year-round
Hours: Daily, 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Price: $5.00 per ride
Jane’s Carousel Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn
Jane’s Carousel is a classic 3-row machine with 48 exquisitely carved horses and two superb chariots. It was created in 1922, the heyday of the American Carousel, by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company (P.T.C.) Designated as PTC. No. 61, it was originally installed in Idora Park in Youngstown, Ohio, then a prosperous steel-making city.
Season: open all year round
Hours: Winter hours: September 21 – May 8, 2015 Thursday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Summer Hours May 11 – September 20: 2015 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM closed Tuesdays.
Price: $2 per ride, kids 3 and younger (or less than 42” tall) free if accompanied by paying adult.
Bug Carousel (Bronx Zoo), Bronx
The Bronx Zoo boasts the first and only entirely insect carousel! The Bronx Zoo is located in Bronx, NY and is one of the nation’s largest zoos. The fully accessible carousel features sixty-four (64) figures and three (2) stationary chariots; one of which is ADA/Wheelchair Accessible with a Companion Seat. As the name implies, the creatures are all bugs on this fun carousel including a praying mantis, dung beetle, grasshopper and caterpillar or ladybug.
Season: All year-round
Hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM and free with Zoo admission Wednesdays.
Price: $5.00 plus the price of Admission ($21.55, children 3 – 12 $15 and children under 2 free.
Carousel for All Children: Willowbrook Park, Staten Island
The carousel was designed and built between 1997 and 1999 in Mansfield, Ohio by Carousel Works, the only company in North America that creates wooden carousels. According to the artisans, the carousel in Willowbrook Park is the largest and fanciest one they’ve created.
Choose from 51 hand-carved traditional wooden carousel horses, mythical beasts and wild creatures including zebras, giraffes, panda bears and gorillas.
Season: May – May – October
Hours: Friday – May, September, October: Friday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:45 PM
June: Wednesday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:45 PM
July and August: Seven days a week: 11:00 AM – 5;45 PM
Open on major holidays including Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day.
Price: $1.50 per ride
Central Park Carousel at 64th Street, Manhattan
The famed Carousel, with its sweet calliope music and 57 magnificent horses, is the fourth to stand in Central Park since 1871. It is one of Central Park’s most popular favorite attractions. It is said that a live mule or a horse, hidden beneath the Carousel platform, powered the original amusement ride from 1873 until 1924. The animals were taught to start and stop when the operator tapped on the floor.
The next two Carousels were destroyed by fire, the first in 1924 and its successor in 1950. Searching for a replacement, the Parks Department discovered the current vintage carousel abandoned in an old trolley terminal on Coney Island. The Brooklyn firm Stein & Goldstein crafted the piece in 1908, and it remains one of the largest carousels in the United States and finest examples of American folk art. In 1990, Central Park Conservancy restored the Carousel landscape and surrounding plaza. Each horse is also being restored.
Season: Open all year round weather permitting. Between November and March, call 212-439-6900, Ext 12 to confirm hours.
Hours: April – October 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Price: $3.00 per ride cash only
Flushing Meadows Carousel (Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)
In 1963 the American Cavalcade Corporation was formed. It purchased the Feltman horses, menagerie, chariots and band organ for $12,500 and $25,000 for the entire Stubbman carousel. All of the pieces on the carousel are really consider priceless today. These were combined into the Carousel at Carousel Park for the 1964 World’s Fair. In the winter of 1964 they were restored by an artist in a Coney Island warehouse. This effort was spearheaded by New York City patent attorney Greer Marechal. He wanted to use the Feltman carousel at the fair, but it was in such bad disrepair that he also purchased the Stubbman machine for additional parts. This carousel ran at the World’s Fair from 1964-65
Season Opening Date: March 28, 2015
Hours: Monday – Friday 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM and Saturday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Price: 3 tickets per ride ($3.00).
Forest Park Carousel, Woodhaven Queens
This is the only carousel that is also a New York City Landmark. After moving from Massachusetts the current carousel opened at Forest Park in November, 1973. It had previously undergone two years of restoration. It was owned by a concessionaire, Restaurant Associates. Arthur Schleifer, the Director of Park Planning for the company at the time, told the New York Times, “We decided to restore it [the carousel] because it is a work of art. It can’t be duplicated today. It’s all hand-made.”
Season Opening date: April 3, 2015
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM May 25 and 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM starting June 29, 2015 – September 4, 2015. Saturday – Sunday 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Price: $3.00 per ticket, 10 tickets for $23.00
Le Carrousel (Bryant Park) Manhattan
The carousel arrived in the park in June of 2002 as part of an effort to attract younger visitors. It was designed and manufactured by Marvin Sylvor’s Fabricon Carousel Company based in Brooklyn, NY, a widely recognized carousel fabricator at that time.
Season: March – October
Hours: March – May 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM and June – October 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM Daily
Price: $3.00 per ride, discount card gets $15.00 for 10 rides
Carousel at Pier 62 along the Hudson River Manhattan
Pier 62 Carousel is the centerpiece of Hudson River Park’s new open space at Pier 62 in New York City.
Embellished with 33 hand-carved wooden animal figures native to the area, the signature carousel sports a “living” green roof that shields revelers from the sun and allows kids to whirl about under a rainbow of sparkling LED lights and playful music from a state-of-the-art sound system.
Season: Generally all year
Hours: 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM weekdays and 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM on Weekends weather permitting.
Price: $2.00 per ride Parents assisting children ride free.
Carousel (Prospect Park) Brooklyn
Located in the Park’s Children’s Corner, the Carousel is one of the Park’s most popular attractions. Its 53 magnificent horses ride alongside a lion, a giraffe, a deer and two dragon-pulled chariots. Carved in 1912 by Charles Carmel, one of the foremost carousel designers of his time, the Carousel was restored by the Prospect Park Alliance in 1990. It remains a popular destination
Season: March 26, 2015
Hours: Noon to 5:00 PM Daily
Price: $2.00 per ride, $9.00 for a book of five tickets.
Contact a Discover New York and Beyond Destination Specialist to create a custom itinerary to meet your budget and goals in any of the five boroughs and include a carousel ride!