Carousels in New York City
by Time Out Kids Staff, 07/31/2012
Photo: Luke Groskin © WCS
Barbara Hrbek Zucker Bug Carousel
Added to the Bronx Zoo’s Butterfly Garden in 2005, the trippy Bug Carousel will charm all but the most confirmed entomophobes. Your kid can cruise on any of the enormous, brightly painted insect replicas—be it the green praying mantis, orange grasshopper or red ladybug. Touted as the very first "all-bug carousel" (and who are we to argue?), it is educational as well as entertaining. A vivid hand-painted mural on the ride’s perimeter depicts the transformation of caterpillars into butterflies. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd. (718-220-5100, bronxzoo.com). Mar. 23–Nov 4.: Mon.–Fri. 10am–5pm; Sat., Sun. 10am–5:30pm. Nov. 4–Mar. 22: Daily 10am–4:30pm. $3 per ride with a general-admission ticket, free with a total-experience ticket.