Carousels are a lovely throwback to a bygone era that provides both kids and adults alike rides that combine beauty, artistry, and entertainment in a low-cost activity. Visit the nycgovparks.org for more on the history of New York carousels. Here are our picks of the best Brooklyn carousels for kids.
Built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company, Jane’s Carousel was purchased in 1984 and after years and millions spent was beautifully restored for all to enjoy once again. It is now located in a beautiful pavilion, designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Jean Nouvel. The carousel will be operated year-round for the enjoyment of children of all ages.
Where: Empire-Fulton Ferry Park in Brooklyn Bridge Park
When: Open year-round, 11am – 7pm
Website: brooklynbridgepark.org for updates
Prospect Park Carousel
In 2012, the Prospect Park Carousel designed by Charles Carmel turns 100 and proves to be an old-fashioned delight for both children and adults, features 53 carved animals that include a lion, giraffe, a deer and two dragon pulled chariots and even includes wheelchair accessibility. And for your little snacker, there is iice cream, popcorn or cold beverage from the Pony Express snack bar The carousel is also a popular place for birthday celebrations and corporate events.
Where: The Carousel is located at the Children’s Corner, just inside the Willink entrance (intersection of Ocean and Flatbush Avenues and Empire Boulevard.)
When: April-October. Hours vary.
The 40 horse B&B Carousell is currently being restored and is to be housed in Steeplechase Plaza in a new custom-designed pavilion on the Boardwalk. Stay tuned to updates at thecidc.org
In the meantime, on May 5 and 6, 2012, there will be a B&B Carousell Open House where visitors can get a first look at the rehabilitated B&B Carousell. The first completed restored horse will be on display for picture opportunities. The Coney Island History Project will host this open house and have information and photos of the restoration process. B&B Carousell Open House will take place at 3059 West 12th Street.