Thinking of celebrating a birthday with a positively merry party? You happen to live in a city with no fewer than a 10 amazing carousels, and you can revel at all of them in one way or another. There’s a merry-go-round for all kinds, ranging from sea-inspired to bug-filled to completely classic and beyond. Click through to find your merry match!

The Central Park Carousel

One of the oldest and largest carousels in the city, the Central Park Carousel boasts great views as one of the green space's main attractions. While it does not offer party packages, planning a day in the park is a great way to spend any birthday. Pack picnic lunches and take a spin on the carousel. Lines can get long, but with 57 horses per ride, they can also move quite fast.

The Central Park Carousel
Hours: April–October: 10am-6pm daily. November–March: 10am-4:30pm weekends. (Hours are weather permitting.)
Cost: $3 per ride (cash only)
Central Park (mid-park at 64th Street)
212-439-6900 x4

  • Central Park Carousel
  • Flushing Meadows Carousel
  • Bug Carousel Bronx Zoo


What is your favorite carousel in the city? Tell us in the comments below! 

— Bethany Quinn