Hours:Daily 10am-6pm, weather-permitting
about Central Park Carousel:
, one of Central Park
's great child magnets, features some of the largest hand-carved jumping horses in the United States and has been around since the early 1950s. There are no more gold rings to snatch, but it's still a great ride.
There are four horses that don't go up and down (to the delight of nervous novices), and parents with infants can ride along on one of the two "sleigh-like" seats, which are a bit worn but usable.
and other special occasion events can be booked at The Carousel
. Call for further information. Fun Fact:
The original 1871 carousel was powered by a blind mule and a horse, which walked a treadmill in an underground pit.
Be prepared for long lines during busy hours! While you wait, try and count how many horses are on the carousel (without getting dizzy!); is it 57 or 58?
From Central Park South (59th Street and 6th Avenue): Follow the footpath into the park, bear left, and continue up to the traffic light. Cross the Center Drive, and the Carousel is visible to the north. From the west (64th Street and Central Park West): Cross the drive and walk along the northern edge of the baseball fields. The Carousel is at the end of the path. From the east: Enter the park at 67th Street and proceed on East Drive until the Dairy comes into view. Make a right and walk straight through the tunnel. From Fifth Avenue and 59th Street: Take East Drive until the Dairy comes into view, then make a left go straight through the tunnel.