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Carousels in the Finger Lakes

The carousel at Ontario Beach Park in Rochester, New York provides both children and adults with summertime fun.


There are 46 carousels in New York State of which 6 are in the Finger Lakes.


Eldridge Park

Location: 96 Eldridge Park Rd., Elmira, NY 14901

Phone: 607-732-8440

Class: New Wood

Year Built: Unknown

Style: menagerie

Figures: 22 jumping horses, 24 standing horses, 10 menagerie animals, 2 chariots

Music: None

Notes: This carousel is enclosed and was installed in 2006. Photos More Photos


Ontario Beach Park

Location: 180 Beach Ave., Rochester, NY 14612 (Bathhouse)

Phone: 585-865-2831

Class: Classic Wood

Year Built: 1905 Dentzel

Style: menagerie

Figures: 22 jumping horses, 11 standing horses, 3 cats, 1 deer, 1 giraffe, 1 goat, 1 lion, 2 mules, 3 ostriches, 3 pigs, 3 rabbits, and 1 tiger

Music: band organ--1987 Stinson w/MIDI

Notes: Enclosed, two-tier platform. In original location. The only ride remaining from the Ontario Beach Amusement Park.


Seabreese Amusement Park

Location: 4600 Culver Rd., Rochester, NY 14622

Phone: 585-323-1900

Class: New Wood

Year Built: 1996

Model: PTC #31/Long/Roth

Figures: 28 jumping horses, 18 standing horses, 2 chariots

Music: band organ--Verbeeck-Wurlitzer 165 style

Notes: This carousel has a long and complex history thought to have begun in 1914. It has been rebuilt/refurbished more than once.


Strong National Museum of Play

Location: One Manhattran Square, Rochester, NY 14607

Phone: 585-263-2700

Class: Classic Wood

Year Built: 1918 Allan Herschell

Style: country fair

Figures: 20 jumping horses, 3 standing horses, 1 chariot, 1 tub

Music: band organ--Stinson

Notes: Carousel is inside and part of the museum and is active year round.



Carousel Center

Location: 9090 Carousel Center Dr., Syracuse, NY 13209

Phone: 315-466-7000

Class: Classic Wood

Year Built: 1909

Model: PTC #18

Figures: 42 horses carved by Leo Zollar

Music: band organ--

Notes: This is a locally famous carousel. During the early 1900s, the carousel was located in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania before coming to New York State. In 1941 it was installed in Canandaigua, New York at the well-known Roseland Park where it remained until 1985 when the park closed. It was then purchased by the Pyramid Companies for $397,500, reburbished, and installed at Carousel Center, a large shopping mall. It is inside the mall and operates year round.


Stewart Park

Location: Stewart Park Rd., Ithaca, NY 14850


Class: Classic Metal

Year Built: 1950 (?) Allan Herschell

Style: country fair

Figures: 30 horses, 3 double loveseats



The carousel at Stewart Park in Ithaca, New York has 30 horses in the country-fair style. 


Updated 3 July 2009








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