UPDATED JUNE 2017: Our guide includes carousels and merry-go-rounds in New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. You'll find details on each carousel, including its location, hours it's open, price per ride, and a description.
Friedsam Memorial Carousel (The Central Park Carousel)
Central Park (mid-park at 65th Street)
Hours: April–October: 10am-6pm daily. November–March: 10am-4:30pm weekends. (Hours are weather permitting.)
Price: $3 per ride (cash only)
Located in the heart of Central Park, this handcrafted carousel’s 57 horses run laps to vintage organ music. Note: Especially in the summer, there is often a long line to ride.
Bryant Park, West 40th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues, Midtown
Hours: June–October: 11am-8pm daily
Price: $3 per ride; $20 for 10 rides
Hear the sounds of Paris and the French Cabaret as you ride one of the 14 prancing animals. During the summer, Flaubert Frog tells stories and plays games with kids on Saturdays from 1-2pm, and roaming magicians can be seen performing tricks on Sundays.
Pier 62 Carousel
Hudson River Park, Pier 62, between West 22nd and 23rd streets, Chelsea
Hours: June 28–Sept. 4: Monday-Friday 11am-8pm; Saturday-Sunday 11am-8:30pm (weather permitting; closed in winter)
Price: $3.50 per ride; $10 for 3 rides; $30 for 10 rides; free for parents assisting children shorter than 42 inches.
Ride on animals ranging from unicorns to raccoons, or pretend to be King Trident as you ride the oyster chariot. This carousel can accommodate children in wheelchairs. Restrooms located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers. Can be rented for birthday parties
Battery Park (entrance at State and Water streets), Lower Manhattan
Hours: 10am-10pm daily
This aquatic-themed carousel is made entirely of glass and steel and features 30 sea creatures under color-changing LED lights, making you feel like you are in an underwater garden.
Totally Kid Carousel
Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive at 145th Street, Upper Manhattan
Hours: July 1–Sept. 4: Monday-Thursday 11am-3pm; Fridays 12-5pm; Saturday 11:30am-5:30pm; Sunday 12:30-5:30pm. Holidays: 12:30-5:30pm (subject to change)
Price: $1 per ride
This funky carousel, opened in 1997, was designed using children’s drawings of animals.
1615 Boardwalk (off Kensington Walk), Luna Park, Coney Island
Hours: April-October, hours vary; see the Luna Park website for details
Price: 3 credits per ride (each credit is $1); 100 credits + 25 bonus credits is $100
This historic carousel, built in 1906, features 50 wooden horses, has been completely restored and moved to the Steeplechase Plaza. See the website or call for updates.
Prospect Park Carousel
Children's Corner (Willink entrance), Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard, Prospect Heights
Hours: Thursday-Sunday and holidays 12-5pm
Price: $2 per ride; $9 for five rides; free for children younger than 12 in August
Located next to Lefferts Historic House and the Prospect Park Zoo, this 100-year-old carousel was hand-carved by designer Charles Carmel and features 53 horses as well as two dragon-pulled chariots. It is wheelchair accessible.
Brooklyn Bridge Park at the East River, DUMBO
Hours: May 15–Sept. 17: Wednesday-Monday 11am-7pm. Sept. 18–May 13, 2018: Thursday-Sunday 11am-6pm
Price: $2 per ride; $20 for 12 rides
Named after artist and DUMBO resident Jane Walentas, the 1922 structure was refurbished and reopened in 2011. There are 1,200 lights and the carousel is settled into a pavilion designed by award-winning architect Jean Nouvel.
Flushing Meadows Carousel
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, 111th Street at 55th Avenue, Flushing
Hours: June 9-10 and 16-17: 11am-7pm. July–September: Monday-Thursday 11am-7pm; Friday-Sunday 11am-8pm. October: Friday 12-5:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm.
Price: $3.50 for one ticket; $10 for three tickets; $30 for 10 tickets; $55 for 20 tickets. Weekday Unlimited Ride Wristband: $25 (valid until 4pm; not available on weekends or holidays)
Moved to Queens from Coney Island for the 1964 World’s Fair, this classic carousel is located next to the Queens Zoo and about a 2-minute walk from the New York Hall of Science.
Forest Park Carousel
Northwest Entrance (Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive), Forest Park
Hours: Daily March 25 through Sept. 5, weekends and holidays through Nov. 26. Hours vary; see the full schedule on the website.
Price: $3.50 for one ticket; $10 for three tickets; $30 for 10 tickets
Created in 1890, this carousel is the only carousel that is also a designated New York City landmark. Take a spin on one of the 49 horses or ride in a chariot as you listen to vintage organ music.
Barbara Hrbek Zucker Bug Carousel
Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd. (at Fordham Road)
Hours: Open year round. April–November: 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday 10am-5:30pm. November–March: 10am-4:30pm daily.
Price: $6 per ride plus general zoo admission: $19.95; $17.95 seniors; $12.95 children ages 3-12. Free with total experience ticket: $36.95; $31.95 seniors; $26.95 children ages 3-12.
Added to the zoo in 2005, this carousel is composed entirely of bugs and butterflies and is located next to the Butterfly Garden, where you can see live butterflies in flight and flowers in bloom. This carousel is accessible to manual wheelchairs.
Staten Island Carousels
Carousel for All Children
Willowbrook Park, Eton Place at Richmond Avenue
Hours: Opening day May 6 through October. June: Wednesday-Sunday 11am-5:45pm; July-August: 11am-5:45pm daily; September-October: Friday-Sunday 11am-5:45pm. (Hours are weather permitting.)
Price: $2 per ride; multiple ride vouchers are available.
Choose your steed from the 51 hand-carved and colorfully painted animals that adorn this Victorian-style wooden merry-go-round, located next to the duck pond. The carousel is accessible for those with physical challenges.
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