Though most of my adventures to the picturesque Tilden Park carousel have been around Christmastime. Oh, but a pleasant summer afternoon or crisp fall day on the merry-go-round might be the most perfect time of all. Make time to run around the lawn before you pack up and leave.
[If you've never seen it, we love the Tilden Carousel at Christmas]
Herschell Spillman merry-go-round in Tilden Regional Park is an antique carousel with hand-carved and painted wooden carousel animals to ride. Parents pay even if they stand next to their child and don't ride. Free under age two. Fees are subject to change.
There is a parking lot and snack bar.
Once you have your fun at the carousel, there is lots more to do in Tilden Park.
How to get to Tilden Park's Merry-go-round:
Find your way to Tilden Park and onto Central Park Drive then follow signs to Merry Go Round. I always get lost finding it, so here's a map (where Nature Area = Little Farm):
Plan your visit
Weather Permitting, hours are:
Friday through Monday 11am – 5pm
$3.50 per ride
or $20 for a pack of 7 rides
Includes hot chocolate, ice cream, hot dogs and other carnival food with a few healthier options, too.
[Photo of my kid at the carousel taken by WM Eric Images]