|The beautifully restored Nunley's Carousel is back on Long Island in its new home at Garden City's Museum Row.|
Nestled between the Long Island Children's Museum and the Cradle of Aviation, the brand new pavilion that houses Nunley's Carousel is a wonderful new attraction. The wooden carousel, built in 1912 and a fixture at the beloved old Baldwin amusement park Nunley's for more than 55 years, has been restored into a gleaming classic.
Each of the 41 horses is like a work of art. Hand-painted and individually themed, kids can choose to ride on bucking broncos or knightly steeds. Most of the hoses go up and down during the ride, but there are a few stationary ones mixed in as well. The ride is so new right now that the leather belts that strap kids down are stiff. We've ridden our share of carousels, and one thing that stands out is the height of the horses -- riders get pretty far off the ground when their horse hits the upper arc of its gallop. And speaking of ground, the floor is a gorgeous smooth wood, not what you'd expect to see on a kiddie ride.
The music box that rings out during the ride is a festival of sound. A self-playing organ with drums and cymbals, the music is an adaptation of Billy Joel's "Waltz No.1," which was inspired by the Long Island native's boyhood trips to Nunley's.
Among the fascinating details on the carousel itself are many scenes of Long Island landmarks from the early 20th century. The pavilion is surrounded by windows that can rise up in good weather, making the space a nice visit no matter what is happening outside. There are large fans on the ceiling to keep things cool in the summer. The grounds surrounding the pavilion are a nice park with benches, pathways and vintage-looking streetlights. The whole area is fenced in, so kids can wander a bit without worrying about the traffic to the adjoining museums.
Nunley's Carousel on Museum Row is open Tuesday through Friday from noon to 3:00 p.m. On weekends, they stay open until 5:00 p.m. Special summer hours for July and August will be announced. Rides are $2.00 per person, and adults must pay to accompany small children on the ride. There is a brass ring catch for free rides, but it was not working during our visit.
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