Queens’ Carousels Are Popular Destinations

BY LUIS GRONDA
Staff Writer

If you are looking for somewhere fun to take the kids, there are two carousels in Queens that cater to the younger demographic.

The carousels at Flushing Meadows Corona Park and Forest Park are often popular destinations for kids during those warm summer afternoons.

The Fantasy Forest at Flushing Meadows is promoted as Queens’ only amusement park, offering much more than just a carousel for the kids to ride on and have a great time.

There are four amusement rides, including the Corona Cobra Coaster and the Queens Himalaya. You must be 42 inches tall to ride both coasters, and it is 36 inches to get on the Fantasy Frog Hopper and Corona Choo Choo by yourself. Children must have an adult accompanying them if they do not meet the height requirements.

Chris Mercaldo, the marketing manager at NY Carousel, which runs both carousels, said the Fantasy Forest, is one of the most popular destinations for families in the Borough because of the different rides it offers. Every Friday night from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., through Labor Day weekend, you can ride the carousel for 50 cents, according to Mercaldo.

As for the Forest Park Carousel, they offer a free show every weekend from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. during the summer. The show is usually a clown or a magician entertaining the kids at the carousel.

The company took over the Forest Park Carousel about two years ago after it was closed for several years. NY Carousel has spruced up the ride a little bit, including replacing the lighting on top of the ride, while still keeping its antique look.

Mercaldo said it is possible that they could add rides to the FP Carousel, like they have at Flushing Meadows and it is something they are discussing.

Reach Luis Gronda at (718) 357-7400, Ext. 127, lgronda@queenstribune.com, or @luisgronda.