Best (and Possibly Cheapest) Amusement Ride (2008)

Prospect Park Carousel

The 88-year-old Prospect Park Carousel—possibly the city's cheapest amusement ride at 50 cents for adults and kids—features 56 stunning wooden creatures designed by legendary Brooklyn horse carver Charles Carmel. A longtime Coney Island fixture, it was moved to Prospect Park in 1952. The dazzling structure fell victim to a lack of funds but was restored to its original grandeur before reopening in 1990. Carousel operator Lucio Schiavone was a member of the restoration team. Open noon to 5 on weekends and holidays, and from 11 to 3 on Thursdays and Fridays. Located near Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard; take the D or Q train to the Prospect Park stop.


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