Nunley's Carousel at Museum Row, Garden City, NY

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    Nunley's Carousel at Museum Row, Garden City, NY

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Entrance to Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    As you stroll through Museum Row, the home of the Long Island Children's Museum and the Cradle of Aviation Museum, take the kids for a whirl on the historic Nunley's Carousel. With over 40 colorful horses and one majestic lion, the carousel spins around while masterfully carved steeds prance up and down and the familiar strains of calliope music fill the air.

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    Twirling Since 1912

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Brown and white neighing horse at Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Nunley's Carousel, the historic carousel that now calls Museum Row its home, was originally built by the Stein and Goldstein Artistic Carousell [sic] Company in Brooklyn in 1912. During that same year, Woodrow Wilson became the president of the United States and the Titanic set out on its first voyage and ended in the tragic sinking of the luxury ocean liner. Roald Amundsen reached the South Pole and artist Jackson Pollock was born in that same year.

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    History

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Black Carved Horse, Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Originally housed in an amusement park in Canarsie, Brooklyn, the ride was first dubbed "Murphy's Carousel," and the galloping horses went up and down in that location for over 20 years. But when the Belt Parkway was planned in the area, the carousel was moved to Baldwin in 1940. When the Long Island amusement park closed in 1995, Nassau County purchased the carousel and the ride was fully restored and then moved to its current home in 2009.

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    Belmont Park Painting

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Belmont Park Race Track painting, Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    In addition to the dashing horses, the colorful carousel includes painted panels that sit on the top of the ride. These include a depiction of Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont, NY, the famed home of the Belmont Stakes, the last "jewel" in the Triple Crown that starts at the Kentucky Derby, continues to the Preakness and ends on Long Island.

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    Long Beach Painting

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Long Beach painting, Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Nunley's Carousel features ornate carved horses as well as painted panels. One colorful painting shows a surfer at Long Beach, where miles of sugar-fine sands and powerful waves delight surfers and sun worshippers alike.

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    Wooden Carousel Horse

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Brown Carousel Horse at Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    The 40+ horses come in a variety of colors and a range of proud poses. From all-white mounts to dashing dark steeds, kids can take their pick of the many ornately decorated carousel animals to ride on Nunley's Carousel in Museum Row, Garden City, NY.

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    Historic Woodcarving Tools

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Woodcarving tools at Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    The stately horses and lion of Nunley's Carousel were hand-carved by skilled woodcarvers. On the wall beside the twirling carousel, you can see the types of tools that were used to transform pieces of wood into realistic, ornately adorned carousel animals.

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    Lion at Nunley's Carousel

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• Lion at Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    At Nunley's Carousel, one stately, tawny lion with a skillfully carved mane takes its place alongside the horses of many colors. The lion's mouth is open as if to roar, but the carousel animal only moves in circles with the rest of the ride, but not rhythmically up and down like the carved horses.
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    White Carousel Horse

    Photo © Linda Tagliaferro
    ••• White Carousel Horse at Nunley's Carousel, Long Island, NY. Photo © Linda Tagliaferro

    Nunley's Carousel can be rented out for birthday parties which last two hours from 10:30 a.m. till noon. Your child can choose from a Carousel Party that includes rides and a horse-related craft, or the Alice in Wonderland party that includes a short reading of the children's class, a Mad Hatter craft and of course, wonderful carousel rides for the birthday child and friends. The Rough Riders Party gives kids a whirl on the carousel, play it includes a stick horse craft as well as outdoor games including horseshoes.

    All parties at Nunley's Carousel include invitations, pizza, and soda.