Carousel

The Carousel has been a beloved Central Park tradition for nearly 150 years. Fifty-seven hand-carved and painted horses—plus two chariots—“gallop” along to calliope music played by a mechanical organ.

The carousel is one of the largest in the country and, with nearly 250,000 riders a year, also among the most popular.

This carousel is the fourth at this site since 1871, but the turnover hasn’t impeded the tradition. In a truly successful treasure hunt, NYC Parks uncovered an abandoned carousel in an old trolley terminal on Coney Island. A shining example of American folk art, this vintage gem was built by the Brooklyn firm Stein & Goldstein in 1908. When rediscovered, it was brought to the Park along with the current mechanical organ, which has 86 keys, two drums, a tambourine, cymbals, and 20 paper roll records. This carousel has endured for decades—and though it is Central Park’s fourth, it’s far from the newest.