When you think about carousels what comes to mind? In most cases you think of the warm air lightly blowing your hair while listening to the circus music in the background. Well thankfully there are plenty of of carousels in New York City to chose from. Or if you’re up to it you can visit all of them. I have curated a list of the best ones in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Check it out and don’t forget to share your experiences below.
- SeaGlass Carousel
Who said fish can’t party? This carousel is truly unique and amazing. It always ceases to mesmerize me especially when the sun goes down. Because that’s when the fish are lighten up to create a perfect swirl of lights while you spin around. Get your smartphones, gopros, or any camera devices you fancy prepared to take Instagrammable pics…#perfection. Best of all it is located in Battery Park and on your way to the Statue of Liberty ferries.
Open 7 days a week, Sunday-Thursday 10AM to 6PM, Friday-Saturday 10AM-8PM, weather permitting. For more details visit their website. Rides are only $5 per ride for anyone other than 12 months. Sorry, no pets please.
- Central Park Carousel
So you’re strolling through Central Park and thought you’ve seen it all. Guess again because Central Park is home to its very own carousel. Boom, now you have another activity to look forward to besides having a picnic in Sheep Meadows. It is conveniently located in the middle of the park at 65th street.
P.S: remember to bring cash along its only $3 per ride. Open daily from 10:00 am until 6:00 pm. For more details visit their website.
- Le Carrousel in Bryant Park
You cannot visit New York City and not stop by Le Carrousel in Bryant Park. Okay, so you visited the Central Park Carousel and need something to keep you going. Then try Le Carrousel it makes you feel like you were teleported to another time and place (bonjour France).
If you loved it you can even throw your birthday party here. Rides go for $3 and parents helping their young ones are not charged. For more details visit their page.
- Carousel at Pier 62
This hidden gem is located in the Hudson River Park. Now this is one that not even I knew about and I’m a New Yorker. I guess some things just slip by but this carousel offers one of the best views of the Hudson River and New Jersey.
So if you are in the Chelsea area then stop by west 22nd street and enjoy the ride and the view. Need more insight stop by their website.
- Jane’s Carousel
Hands down my favorite carousel of all time! If you are looking for a traditional carousel then this one’s for you. In Brooklyn’s very own Dumbo there is a magical place called Jane’s carousel where you can hop on for $2 per ride. An added bonus is the spectacular view you get from this area. You can also add visiting the Brooklyn Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park in your itinerary. Don’t forget to stop by the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory to satisfy your sweet tooth.
The carousel is open Thursdays to Sundays from 11AM to 6PM, but soon their summer hours will be in session. For more information visit their website.
- Prospect Park Carousel
Most carousels only have horses but this one has more exotic creatures. How does riding a lion, giraffe, or dragon sound like? If you want a carousel that bring an exotic feeling to it then stop by Prospect Park. Best of all if you are riding on an empty stomach then make your way to the Pony Express Snack Bar.
Rides are $2 and in August children under 12 years old ride for free every Thursday. The carousel is open Thursday through Sunday from 12:00pm until 5:00 pm. For more information visit their website.
Bueno, que lo disfrutes mucho! (Well, I hope you’ll enjoy it a lot).