Visiting the Carousel in Central Park

Experience a whimsical and thrilling ride on your next visit to the Central Park Carousel.

Step right up and enjoy a whirlwind adventure at the Central Park Carousel. Located mid-Park at 65th Street within the Children’s District—a family-friendly area of the Park dedicated to its youngest visitors—the Carousel is a popular attraction for all ages. Take a seat on one of its meticulously handcrafted 57 wooden horses or two chariots and be serenaded by enchanting music from a mechanical organ.

The History of the Carousel in Central Park

Although the Carousel is now a cherished family attraction in New York City, Central Park’s designers initially opposed the popular amusement ride. They felt it clashed with their vision of Central Park as a serene escape from the lively pace of New York City. However, despite their reservations, a rival administration installed the Carousel in 1871. It quickly won over Park visitors.

Today, revered as both a historic treasure and a representation of American folk art, the current carousel is the fourth iteration of this iconic attraction, originally crafted in 1908. Initially housed in a trolley terminal at Coney Island, it found its permanent home in Central Park in 1951.

Did you know? The first carousel in Central Park was powered by a large horse or mule, before later models were electric.

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These Central Park Carousel photos capture the vibrant whimsy of the horses in motion.

How to Buy a Ticket to the Carousel in Central Park

The Carousel is open daily from 10:00 am to dusk, weather permitting. Single-ride tickets are $3.50 and can be purchased at the Carousel ticket booth or online. One ticket is required per person per ride.

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