I love carousels. To me, it’s one of those things from childhood that as an adult, one can still derive pleasure from. There are definitely a few fun carousels left in New York though I haven’t been on most of them (at least not that I can remember). I do love the little children’s carousel in Bryant Park, which reminds me of the film Amelie but that’s way too tiny. To ride beautifully painted horses, my preference is to go to Brooklyn Bridge Park and take a spin on Jane’s Carousel. But now there’s a new carousel in town to enjoy.
The Seaglass Carousel opened last week in Battery Park. I had first heard about it the week before and apparently it’s been many years (and cost a ton of money) in the making. The grand opening was last Thursday but I couldn’t make it so I went the following morning.
There was a long line already queued up when I got there. Purchasing a ticket was a bit confusing as the kiosk wasn’t actually near the entrance; it was on the same little cart that was a bit of a distance away selling souvenirs. I wasn’t the only one confused by that, so hopefully they work out the kinks soon enough. After handing over $5, one gets a little plastic “sea glass” token that was the ticket to the ride. I think I stood in line for about 30-40 minutes before finally arriving at the front. There were many parents with their children (and strollers) waiting patiently for their turn as well.
Instead of horses, the carousel comprised of fishes in all different shapes and sizes, painted so they appeared to be made of sea glass. It was very strange to sit inside and be a part of a fish. Once everyone was belted in, the music began and the fish started to “swim” within the glass enclosure. The carousel was lit in ever-changing colors, which reminded me of watching sunlight playing on water. Many of the fish moved up and down and weaved in and out amongst other fish, just as one would expect to see in an aquarium. Classical music designed specifically for the ride played in the background and the whole experience was very cool.
The ride ended quickly enough that I think I need to revisit it again (but without a camera) to try and truly enjoy it; everyone had their cameras out, taking pictures and videos of the entire experience. I’m sure it must have been crazy over the weekend, which is why I’ll have to revisit on a slightly more quiet (and less crowded) day mid-week.