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. It's one of the largest carousels in the country, and with nearly 250,000 riders a year, also among the most popular.

This is the fourth carousel at the site since 1871, but the turnover has in no way impeded the tradition. In a truly successful treasure hunt, the Parks Department 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. It was brought to the Park along with the current mechanical organ, which has 86 keys, two drums, a tambourine, cymbals, and twenty paper roll records. This carousel has endured for decades—so while it's Central Park’s fourth carousel, it’s far from the newest.


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Mid-Park at 65th Street

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Mid-Park at 64th Street


Mid-Park at 65th Street

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