Spring is in the air, and it’s bringing all kinds of wonderful things. One warm-weather activity coming up is the opening of the Greenway Carousel this Friday, April 11. Even though carousels are typically for younger children, flying around in a circle while sitting on an elaborately decorated animal is guaranteed to induce a flashback to your time as a stress-free child.
Everything about this carousel screams “Boston.” But actually, The Dropkick Murphys’ music playing on the ride is all about our city. The animals on the carousel are also all native to Massachusetts. Riders can choose to sit on lobster, sea turtle, cod, peregrine falcon, grasshopper, harbor seal, fox, skunk, whale, squirrel, rabbit, butterfly, barn owl and even a sea serpent, which was inspired by the legend of the Gloucester Sea Serpent. The carousel provides a total of 36 seats, and is considered one of the most accessible carousels for adults and children in New England with physical or auditory disabilities.
The animals on the carousel were inspired by the drawings of Boston school children. Then, to make sure all the animals had the correct number of legs and eyes, the drawings were brought to life by Newburyport artist and sculptor Jeff Briggs. (Check out the video below to learn about his process of inspiration and creation.)
Starting April 11, the carousel will be open Friday to Sunday throughout the month, with special hours during April School Vacation Week. On May 23 the summer hours begin and carousel-goers can enjoy the ride seven days a week. Tickets can be purchased on-site, at $3 per ride or $25 for a package of 10 tickets.
Located in the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the carousel opened to the public in August 2013 and sold over 50,000 tickets in its first four months. This will be the first full season of operation.
Photos via Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy