This Summer has been full of family visits, guided tours yours truly, exceeding my daily step goals and daily caloric intake. And one of the places I was most excited about going with my nieces was the Seaglass Carousel in Battery Park. Everything about it is dreamy, from the location to the architecture, the huge colorful tropical fish, and the experience. It is tucked away in between all of the skyscrapers of Manhattan on its very edge, next to the Staten Island Ferry Station and staring out river at the Statue of Liberty.
It’s designed to look like a colorful aquarium and at night to light up like a child’s nightlight in bright colors. The carousel has officially been open a full year this month and I have been wanting to come here since opening day. The carousel commemorates one of the first public aquariums in the country, Castle Clinton, which closed in 1941.
I have to admit that I felt like I traveled back through time to my childhood, and I really liked it. I traveled to a time before electronics, a time before quick moving distractions, video games and indulged in something so innocent and wondrous. The colors were soothing and the music was calming and melodic. I have to come back again at night and see the full experience of the vibrant lights against the night sky.
The carousel is open every day, weather permitting, from 10 am to 10 pm and a ride is only $5. During the ride the fish light up and move up and down while the carousel spins inside choreographed to classical music. Here is video of the carousel in motion.
Even if you aren’t into coral reef fish like I am, you’ll love the step back into time to a wide-eyed child in a huge lit up life size fish spinning around for about five minutes. Everyone needs those moments of wonder every once in a while. Am I right? If you are in town, drop by the Seaglass Carousel is located at State street and Water street in lower Manhattan. You won’t regret your visit.
Do you enjoy carousels? Do you have one in your town that you enjoy riding or watching others ride? Let me know in the comments below, I want to know all about it.
UPDATE: I went back to experience the carousel at night and of course it was even better than the daytime and lucky me there was a four-piece live band playing for the carousel instead of the taped music. Just glorious!
Until our next rendezvous…