Carousels in New York City

by Time Out Kids Staff, 07/31/2012

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  • Carousel for All Children
    Tucked away in the Willowbrook Park section of the lush Staten Island preserve known as the Greenbelt is the Carousel for All Children. The Victorian-style merry-go-round, which was built in 1999, is rarely crowded, so kids can take their time deciding whether to try a two-minute turn on a dolphin, panda, ostrich or another of the 51 hand-carved wooden animal figures. (One of our favorites is a reproduction of a large Saint Bernard dog from the borough’s former Tirelli Carousel, which did service from the early 1900s until 1957 in nearby Midland Beach.) This popular attraction, which sits behind a serene duck pond, also features vividly painted scenes of Staten Island landmarks. Afterward, your kids may want to make a trip to see the Conference House—a historic Revolutionary War–era home—or the Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art. Willowbrook Park, Eton Pl. at Richmond Ave. (718-477-0605, May, Sept., Oct.: Fri.–Sun. 11am–5:45pm; June: Wed.–Sun. 11am–5:45pm; July, Aug.: Mon.–Sun. 11am–5:45pm. $1.50 per ride, $25 for 20 rides.

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