Carousels in New York City
by Time Out Kids Staff, 07/31/2012
Photo: Dorothy Reilly
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, sigreenbelt.org). 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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